Brooklyn Queen Honey comes from four hives at the Hart to Hart community garden. This garden, the foot print of three building, is loved by over 20 gardeners who have been kind enough to embrace my love of beekeeping and my hives. More than anywhere else, Hart to Hart is home.
I named honey after my love for Brooklyn Queens. These are the queens that the bees make. These ladies get themselves mated in the recesses of nature that exist in our fair city. The Brooklyn queens are the love children of the Brooklyn beekeeper.
My bees are my experiment to see if natural processes can continue in the city. My first Brooklyn Queen was missing the next spring. She looked good her first year, but something was not right with her and she never saw the first maples bloom. This year my bees tried to swarm. I took the queens they made to make my new hives and all but one split successfully mated. Now they are my best looking queens.
When I taste the honey I taste the blossoms of all my gardener friends, and all the flowers from the trees and weeds of summer. Currently Greene Grape, Brooklyn Larder, O’ Live, Sahadi’s, Willoughby General, and Stinkys Brooklyn carry my honey. Enjoy!