Victoria Gardens holds a great Farmer’s Market featuring various vendors. A typical day includes listening to Frank Sinatra in the background and hosting a suitable dog-friendly atmosphere for those stereotypical canine lovers who want to show off their primmed-up pups (we’re talking show poodles who just got a haircut). But on Fridays, among the usual Kettle Corn and Tamale Guy vendors that show up, I came across a local gem selling edible gold (a.k.a. locally harvested honey). Bare Bees Honey is based in La Verne (it’s actually a part of a string of hives spread throughout the foothill mountain area) who are adamant to help spread the word about our local and worldwide plight of the bee. To keep it simple, it has become evident in the past year or two that chemicals used to treat our food isn’t as assuredly safe for bees as we though; chemical company giants had promised otherwise. The woman I spoke to at the Bare Bees booth even had pictures of one of their bee colonies that literally dropped dead on the floor beneath its beehive. Death by chemicals isn’t an uncommon fear for bees or
humans these days, unfortunately.
A large, hand-bottled jar of semi-crystalized gold runs at about $13 (you can’t even buy that on Amazon for a better price). My choice was the Sage Wildflower, a sweet honey mix with an overtone of the local sage plant from which the pollen was gathered. This is Bare Bees’ most popular honey type, but they also have a few other flavors including orange blossom, clover, avocado and wildflower. Awareness and support tastes pretty sweet.
“Flavors of the Foothills,” Bare Bees Honey, www.barebeeshoney.com. Victoria Gardens Farmers Market. Every Fri, 8:30am-12:30pm. 12505 N. Main St., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 463-2830; www.victoriagardensie.com.