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Savannah Bee Company, Charleston | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 14, 2016

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All images taken with the Sony NEX-6.

After dinner at 82 Queen, we walked past the Savannah Bee Company. I was devastated that we were too late to shop, since it was so exciting. We are very big fans of honey and all of its variety, it is a wonderful pairing with our love of cheese. Luckily, we steered back that way the next morning while we were exploring the historic district of Charleston and were able to visit.

The store is beautiful inside, a combination of charming design and lovely products.

The tiny door!

The amount of products that result from a mutually-beneficial relationship with bees is wonderful and fascinating.

The Savannah Bee Company does make many products of their own, but they also have other bee-centric products.

Honey gear behind the HONEY TASTING BAR! We tried a number of different types of honey, and again, if you haven’t done this, I highly suggest it. Different honeys from different bees that were exposed to different plants are incredibly varied!

The perfect lighting.

I didn’t even know where to look first. How beautiful is this display?

Remember when I mentioned about charming design? Part of that is putting humanity into the store. Handwritten signs, and the honesty on the sign for the “not square” honeycombs all add to the happy feeling I had in this store.

Thumbs up for their branding and packaging.

Just more honey photos, because I couldn’t stop!

The different shapes of the different bottles also added to the visual impact. I especially like the tall and skinny large bottles.

Naturally, the window was decorated beautifully as well.

I recommend stopping in at one of the Savannah Bee Company locations whenever you get a chance.

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Carolina Cider Company | In My Travels

by Jamie Sanford on March 7, 2016

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On our way to Jacksonville from Charleston, we took as many local roads as possible, trying to avoid I-95. I am so glad we did, because we stopped immediately when we saw the Carolina Cider Company.

The sign outside still says Cherry Company, but all of the updated branding replaces Cherry with Cider.

Apologies for the slight blur!

Yum.

I love the gas station feel outside.

The inside, however, way way better! We didn’t know where to look first. So many products to look at!

I cannot recommend the strawberry cider enough. Be warned, it’s very sweet, it tastes like jam! It is so delicious though.

Frog jam is a blend of fig, raspberry, orange, and ginger!

I’m not sure how much I’ve talked about my love for local honey, but I find it hard to resist at all times. Seriously everyone, read the label before you buy honey at the grocery store! So much of it is from another country, which is not necessary. Find a local beekeeper!

I cannot say enough about how this small stop on the road was so unexpected and wonderful! We bought strawberry and peach cider, as well as some vidalia onion dressing, and some benne wafers. I could have/should have bought 100 more things, because everything we took home with us has been incredibly delicious.

In addition to the product quality, the entire in-store experience is worth the trip. It’s beautiful inside, and so many of the products have beautiful branding as well – which many know that for me, heightens the experience even more.

I am disappointed in the online shopping experience – which I have discovered while trying to link to the Carolina Cider Company‘s website and products. In addition, there is no easily found email address or social media links to connect with them, which is a big miss. This is the sort of business that could do amazing gift basket business, and there isn’t really any opportunities being taken for that. There is even a gift basket category on their website with nothing in it to purchase, which is a poor showing for a business that is so clearly primed to do well in that category.

I am interested in their wholesale business as well, and how that should be presented. If they are available in other locations or chain stores, it would be great to offer that information here – I know we are not the only people who don’t live in the area, who randomly came across the store and stopped in.

Product Quality: 9.5
In-store Experience: 9.5
Online Experience: 5

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Vanishing of the Bees (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on November 21, 2011

86. Vanishing of the Bees (Available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Vanishing of the Bees.

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Vanishing of the Bees is a 2009 documentary about the disappearance of bee colonies in the United States, later defined as Colony Collapse Disorder.  Narrated by Ellen Page, the film focuses on both commercial beekeepers who travel the country specifically to bring bees to farms that need their help in pollination, and organic beekeepers who are trying to give bees a more natural experience.

The honeybee disappearances started happening in the United States in 2007.  In addition to the immediate impact on commercial beekeepers, the bigger issue of the environmental factors that lead to CCD comes to light in the film.  The movie suggests that the widespread use of systemic pesticides, in which the pesticides are introduced into crops from germination (as opposed to the topical spraying of pesticides as done in the past) are creating a dangerous situation in which populations of not only honeybees but frogs and butterflies are facing certain death.

Much like the pharmaceutical industry, the research being done on the long-term effects on animal and insect populations of these systemic pesticides are being completed by the manufacturers of said pesticides, which is certainly worrisome – however, the film complains about this but does not address the fact that funding for these studies, outside of the big manufacturers, is hard to come by.

The story of the discovery of CCD in the United States, and the steps taken by the commercial beekeepers to research the issue and try to impart changes to sustain their business, is covered in the film.  The organic beekeepers who are more interested in letting the bees do their own thing (while still getting to collect delicious honey) have their own ideas about how the farming system in the United States is what is causing problems with the natural existence of bees, and necessitates the commercialization of honeybees.  It’s a vicious cycle, it seems.

Vanishing of the Bees is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.99.

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Goat Cheese and Honey Appetizer (Yummy Sunday)

by Jamie Sanford on June 27, 2010

I love having to peruse fancy food websites for Yummy Sunday posts.

This week, I came across an appetizer in a box, a combination of crackers, goat cheese and honey in the honeycomb.


I’ve had cheese/honey combinations in the form of grilled cheese sandwiches in the past, so I have a very good feeling about this particular option!

The Belle Chevre box set is $45 on Foodzie.

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Bee Raw Honey

by Jamie Sanford on June 6, 2010

I’m a big fan of farms and the amazing food items that come from them.

That being said, I was really excited to find Bee Raw honey online. From their website:

Bee Raw Honey is dedicated to sourcing raw, unfiltered honeys made from a single flower variety.

So you can buy all of these wonderful selections of honey from the site, but I really like the honey varietal collections. You can purchase sets of 2, 3, or 4 different honeys.  People have wine tasting parties all the time, why not a honey tasting?

Check out the site for more information on the sets that are available, combinations include blueberry and buckwheat, sage and star thistle and more.

Sets range between $29 and $56 on Bee Raw’s website.

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