On Wednesday, July 24, the Peterborough Downtown Farmers’ Market in conjunction with the Central Ontario Beekeepers Association (COBA) and Farms at Work hosted a Local Honey Tasting. Visitors tasted more than 20 different local honeys, all produced within the region of east central Ontario by members of COBA and donated for the purpose of demonstrating just how different one honey can be from another.
Like wine, honey has terroir, a term used to describe local flavour due to place. Honey is produced by honey bees from nectar that flowers secrete. Differences in the type of flower, soil and harvest method create subtle, yet noticeable differences in flavour, texture and aroma of honey.
Beekeeper Dave Gauthier of Wren Lane Honey brought some of his bees & hives to market. Kids and adults alike were fascinated by the demonstration.
All funds collected will be used to do pollinator conservation work by Farms at Work on farms in this region.