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Our little Honey Shop

We are located in Big Valley, Alberta - about 200 km north east of Calgary situated at the junction of Highway 56 and Highway 590.  Big Valley is a small village with a BIG HEART and has so much going on throughout the year.  Visit the Village's website at www.villageofbigvalley.ca for more information.


We encourage you to drop into our little Honey Shop and sample our terrific selection.  We always take the time to explain the differences in the flavors and colors of the honey we sell.  

We find the BeeKeepers for you!

We are privileged to have met several terrific people who, just like us, love bees and honey. We showcase of their terrific honey in our store. Some of these "Little BeeKeepers" keep as few as two hives within the City of Calgary and others up to 30 hives in small rural areas in southern/central Alberta.


If you have a few hives of your own and would like us to carry your honey, please contact us.  We are always looking for more "boutique" honey to offer our customers.

Featured Products

All That Buzz Gift Shoppe Ltd. currently has 20 different honeys in the store.  

 Pictured below is a small sample of our current selection.

We have raw unpasteurized honey from several small beekeepers and honey producers alike.  We offer terrific local honey from Greidanus Honey Bee Farms in Stettler, Pleasant Valley Honey Producers in Falun, Tees Bees from Tees and a few selections from Golden Acres Honey Products in Three Hills, AB.  New arrivals feature Dandelion, Mint and Sunflower honey from the Tees, AB region.


We offer Urban Honey from a beekeeper who has two hives in his backyard in the City of Calgary, as well as hives in Millarville and Bottrel.  A little something unique for everyone to try.


We have unpasteurized creamed honey with natural flavorings  from Tu-Bees Gourmet Honey in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  We carry their line of mini jars (60 g), tubes (140g) and jars (250g) sizes.  We have several flavor options and we find these products sell themselves, they are so terrific.


We do up Gift Pacs featuring corregated Window boxes (2 or 3) with handles for our All Natural Honey, Creamed Honey, Buckwheat Honey (Pasteurized) and our Alberta Wildflower Honey - all in 500g glass jars.

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DID YOU KNOW?

That if you keep honey bees in Alberta you are required to

register annually with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry?


For more information contact Dr. Medhat Nasr

at 780.415.2314 Call toll-free in Alberta by dialing 310-0000 first.


www.albertabeekeepers.org

ABOUT HONEY

The story of honey is older than history itself. An 8,000-year-old cave painting1 in Spain depicts honey harvesting, and we know it's been used for food, medicine and more by cultures all over the world since.

 Source:

1. Ullmann, Fritz (2003). Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. John Wiley & Sons

FROM BEE

Honey starts as flower nectar collected by bees, which gets broken down into simple sugars stored inside the honeycomb. The design of the honeycomb and constant fanning of the bees' wings causes evaporation, creating sweet liquid honey. Honey's color and flavor varies based on the nectar collected by the bees. For example, honey made from orange blossom nectar might be light in color, whereas honey from avocado or wildflowers might have a dark amber color.

Source:

2. Abbott, Charles Nash (1881), British Bee Journal & Bee-keepers Adviser, Volume 31.

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TO HIVE

On average, a hive will produce about 65 pounds of surplus honey each year.  Beekeepers harvest it by collecting the honeycomb frames and scraping off the wax cap that bees make to seal off honey in each cell. Once the caps are removed, the frames are placed in an extractor, a centrifuge that spins the frames, forcing honey out of the comb.

2. Abbott, Charles Nash (1881), British Bee Journal & Bee-keepers Adviser, Volume 31.

TO HOME

After the honey is extracted, it’s strained to remove any remaining wax and other particles. Some beekeepers and bottlers might heat the honey to make this process easier, but that doesn't alter the liquid's natural composition.

After straining, it's time to bottle, label and bring it to you. It doesn't matter if the container is glass or plastic, or if the honey is purchased at the grocery store or farmers’ market. If the ingredient label says “pure honey,” nothing was added from bee to hive to bottle.

Source:

2. Abbott, Charles Nash (1881), British Bee Journal & Bee-keepers Adviser, Volume 31.

Honey - The Healthy Choice

Not only does honey taste great, but did you know it is good for you too? Used since ancient times, honey is a natural source of a wide range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and natural energy. And today, medical researchers are confirming what previous generations have always known—having honey in your diet can help you stay healthy and fight disease.


Natural source of vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids

Honey comes from natural plant nectars and contains vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. It also is a source of essential minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. While the amounts are in trace levels and will vary depending on the floral source, honey can be an important and delicious part of a healthy diet.


Quick energy to keep you going

A natural mixture of the simple sugars glucose and fructose, honey can play an important role in naturally preventing fatigue during exercise.


Staying healthy—antioxidant benefits

Medical researchers continue to find out more about the important role antioxidants like those in honey play in eliminating harmful free radicals from the human body. Free radicals are believed to be created during metabolism and may contribute to many serious diseases.


Honey that heals

Honey is an effective, natural antimicrobial that inhibits the growth of certain bacteria, yeast and molds and can help prevent scarring. The secret? Honey’s unique combination of high sugar content (which limits the amount of water available to the microorganism for growth), high acidity (which creates a low pH environment) and naturally occurring antioxidants provide an effective multi-pronged attack. On minor skin injuries, honey’s natural ability to draw moisture from the air (hygroscopy) promotes healing and helps keep the injured area from sticking to the bandage.


The Canadian honey industry offers much more than just honey.

Other honey by-products include:

beeswax for candles and household products such as polishes

protein-rich pollen, which is used as a diet supplement

propolis, which is becoming widely known and accepted as an ingredient in cosmetics and lip balms, as well as a tonic

royal jelly, a special feed produced by worker bees for the queen bee, which is used in skin creams and lotions.

The safety and quality of Canadian honey is second to none. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, through the Honey Regulations of the Canada Agricultural Products Act, ensures that Canadian honey producers meet strict federal standards.

Source:  www.albertahoneyproducers.ca