By Kate Malin
For founder Christina Joy Neumann, running Apoidea Apiary is about so much more than producing honey, though it is certainly something she excels at. An architect by training, Christina fell in love with bees and beekeeping and set out to engage her community in learning about the importance of bees to the ecosystem, helping her customers learn to savor her stunning honey while protecting the bees that make it. Neumann manages to spearhead and participate in a dizzying array of bee and honey focused events, all while tending to between 40 – 60 bee hives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and making Good Food Award-winning honey. She extracts her honey in small batches, a labor-intensive process, then infuses the raw honey with organic, locally sourced herbs and spices.
As the season starts to change and we head into fall, it is the perfect time to dip into a bottle of Apoidea Apiary’s seasonal Candy Apple Fire Honey. For anyone who loves candy apples, this will be a nostalgic taste, and a great alternative to the sugar and artificial red dyes that often accompany the namesake treat. One of a collection of infusions called ‘fire honeys’, this spicy sweet blend is infused with organic, fair-trade vanilla beans and cinnamon and has a touch of locally-grown chili pepper for an added kick. Christina recommends simply drizzling the honey over a freshly sliced apple for a delicious snack, courtesy of her hardworking bees.
Apoidea Apiary Candy Apple Fire Honey is available at apoidea-apiary.com as part of a seasonal sampler three-pack of fire honeys. Apoidea Apiary is part of the Good Food Awards, a project to honor food and drink producers making the sort of food we all want to eat – tasty, authentic and responsible, and a proud member of the Good Food Merchants Guild, national association uniting American craft food businesses to connect, convene and promote Good Food businesses of all sizes.
From her grassroots work at the Good Food Awards to her continued education at NYU’s Food Studies Master’s Program, Kate Malin brings an unparalleled passion for great food and good people.
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