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Hap-bee New Year!

Happy New Year! Firstly I want to thank you for your support through 2021. I know many of you that read our blog regularly also come and see us at markets, on local delivery runs or support us via one of our stockists and have become very loyal to our honey – which is something I cannot thank you enough for.

As we’ve been coming up to the end of the year I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about all that we have achieved throughout 2021. I’m really happy to say that we have taken on lots of new stockists and packing customers this year which has really helped to move our business up a level. We have filled around 16,000 jars in the past 12 months – it’s really making the 9 jars I filled in my first year beekeeping look extra small!

Beekeeping experiences have also proved very popular, after 2020 when we couldn’t run many courses 2021 seemed a welcome change and we ran well over 50 sessions. It’s looking like 2022 will be just as busy and as many have asked for them we have listened and are now providing full day introduction to beekeeping courses for those wishing to take on beekeeping as a hobby.

Beekeeping Experience Hive protected from Mice this winter using a mouse guard

One of the most exciting things about this year has been the return to markets and shows. As a small business a lot of our revenue is earned at farmers markets and shows and we have been so lucky that so many of you have come out and supported us and fellow stall holders, especially in the run up to Christmas.

We now have a small winter break from markets, we will only be attending Market Bosworth Farmers Market this month which is on the 23rd January.


This Months Recip-bee

Bee Berry Breakfast

And just like that we are into 2022, with this in mind, we have chosen a recipe that will kick start your year and give a twist on the classic consumption of crumpets. We used frozen berries for this breakfast recipe and found that the juice really helped to deliver a great flavour when paired with the honey drizzled on top! As always, please share feedback and photos!

Ingredients

Method:

  1. Toast the Crumpets until golden brown and spread the Almond or peanut butter generously over them
  2. Place your chosen berries on top of the crumpets and drizzle over the honey!
  3. Enjoy straight away while warm for a delicious start to your day!

Thank you all for reading our blog and your continued support in helping our small business grow, I’m excited to write this blog article again in 12 months time to see how much we have managed to grow.

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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