Honeycomb: a sweet local delicacy
Brent Halsall hasn't always been at one with the bees. He's grown garlic, raised hogs, cattle and chickens, but bees are his favourite. "They're intense and challenging," says Halsall, who has been managing bees for the past 35 years with his wife, Audrey. "Beekeeping requires a lot of thought, physical strength and a zen-like approach." Halsall also handles the honey with care — without the use of antibiotics or hard chemicals, gently working with gravity to strain it and never heating it above 117F, the organic standard. But the most precious of all is his pristine honeycomb — a local delicacy. Harvested with the newly made wax comb cells the bees fill with fresh honey and a touch of pollen, before capping it, sealing in the sweet floral and delicate butterscotch-flavoured honey. It's delightful on the tongue and your cheese plate.
Find it at: Lansdowne Farmers' Market, every 3rd Sunday, starting in April, order direct