In the early 90s, Ihsan and Valerie were invited by one of our customers to stay at a lovely château in Provence while on a food sourcing trip. Located near the town of Abt, about halfway between Toulouse and the Atlantic Ocean, the surroundings were picturesque and, as Ihsan recalls, “breathtaking.” The villa served as a wonderful base from which to explore the region and led to some of Ihsan and Valerie’s earliest finds – ones that have stood the test of time – like Durand chocolates and miellerie: Lo Brusc. (more…)
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Posted in France, Honey, Producer Profile, tagged Brigitte Bresc, Estelle Bresc, food, Honey, Jean Bresc, Lo Brusc, monovarietal, Pierre Bresc, Provence, single varietal honey on October 26, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Honey, Rosh Hashanah, United States, tagged Ames Farm, apiary, bees, Brian Frederickson, buckwheat, buckwheat honey, cheese pairings, Don Smiley, hive, Honey, Rosh Hashanah, tupelo, tupelo honey, Volcano Island on September 10, 2012 | 5 Comments »
Although we are known for having a vast international honey selection at the shop, I think that this year’s selection of domestic honey particularly stands out. Over the years, I have gotten to know our domestic honey producers quite well and, while the stories behind their passions are different, they each strive to produce beautiful, unique and delicious honey. Here are a few that will knock your socks off! (more…)
Posted in Food Science, Honey, Travelogues, United States, tagged bananas, beekeepers, beekeeping, bees, Boston Nature Center, CCD, Colony Collapse Disorder, hives, Honey, honeycomb, New York City Beekeepers Association, queen bee, raw honey, swarms on July 7, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend an introductory beekeeping class led by local beekeeper, Jean-Claude Bourrut. After a quick hop, skip and a jump (i.e. a T journey, a bus ride and a short walk), I found my way to his hives which are nestled between the Boston Nature Center and the Clark Cooper Community Gardens in Mattapan. (more…)
One of my favorite deliveries happens on Fridays, when Michael from Carlisle Farmstead Cheese drops off a few rounds of goat cheese made by his wife Tricia, along with a few cases of Carlisle Honey, collected by beekeeper Ed Erny.
Michael and Tricia keep about 10 goats on their property and make several lovely cheeses — all named after their goats — in their state-of-the-art cheese room. Most, like Meg’s Big Sunshine, are fresh and tangy with a white, bloomy rind. My personal favorite, Greta’s Fairhaven, is made of raw goat’s milk and aged a bit longer for a denser texture and an earthier flavor.
Across town, Ed keeps about five beehives in his back yard. In the springtime, he collects a delicately sweet blossom honey. By summer, that has given way to a darker, richer wildflower honey.
Michael works in Cambridge and conveniently drops off both the cheeses and the honey at FK on his way to work. They are outstanding artisanal products on their own, but perhaps elevated a little higher when they are served together, properly showcasing their common local roots.