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This week will see us heading to the Vancouver Gift Expo.
With the down turn in the Alberta economy, our local retail and wholesale sales have drastically decreased. Add several factors that have pushed global honey prices 50% lower than precious years, and well you have a couple bad years of farming in a row. So Sweet Pure Honey is headed to our first big wholesale buyers show in over 8 years. We will be focusing on adding value to our existing honey crop while, spotlighting our beeswax cosmetics and honey soaps. The goal is to acquire new wholesale accounts in BC, while promoting direct sales through our online store. I am no stranger to seeking out new clients. Every wholesale account I have to date was acquired from hitting the road in our honey mobile and seeking out new clients. I did it once before, I can do it again.
Fall means harvest time is among us and many farmers will be pulling some serious man hours to get their crops off. Sheldon is wrapping up his bee duties at the farm and will get the bees ready to winter over the winter. He will fly out of Saskatoon, and meet me in Vancouver for the show. Last year my girlfriend Giselle came out and captured the season changing before our very eyes. Our farm is beautiful sight during fall, alive with golden color.
The Hill kids are all back in school, woot woot! When you are a small business and you work from home, you sure notice extra bodies in your work space. It is hard to believe our children will soon all be in the same high school. To think this all began from the desire to provide for our young family. It is still our driving force, and keeps us grounded in our roots.
Stellas Honey Cooking
I am excited to announce I will be making our famous Cinnamon and Cocoa Spreads out of The Hat's Olive Tap kitchen.
Thank you so much for all your feed back on our new spreads. I say new, but it is actually an old classic for us. I brought the spreads back in an effort to boost our local and online sales. The feed back from clients has been encouraging you all LOVE it! I love hearing all the different stories how the cocoa spread is being eaten. A fan favorite seems to be with french toast and strawberries, or drizzled on bananas. The cinnamon spread is now available online, and at my local markets. As I will be gone for one week, I am offering the coupon code Market25 for anyone of you who want to place an order online. Type Market25 in the message box, and I will take 25% off your entire order when I invoice you. This would be a great time to try our new Sweet Clover and Red Clover varietal honey harvested form our flow hives.
Thank you so much for supporting our family bee farm.
This week I made a simple honey garlic ginger pork peppered greens stir fry. As I transition away from store bought condiments, my sauces seem to get cleaner and simpler. A little honey goes a long way in creating your own stir fry sauce.
I get asked about the conversion of honey to sugar at every market, here is a link to help you gauge.
Thank you for listening and you can follow our Vancouver experience on instagram and facebook.
The summer is winding down, and the Hill household is preparing to head back to school. Sheldon is wrapping up honey harvest at the farm, and he tapped our flow hives for the last time this year.
We have now SPH varietal honey, Sweet Clover and Red Clover harvested from our flow hives. This delightful specialty honey is bursting with high sweet notes, and a distinguishable floral taste. Hand packed in glass jars, our new sweet clover and red clover honey, is sure to please our honey snobs.
I have been enjoying our clover honey drizzled on beet salad and fresh fruit granola bowls. Our new cinnamon and cocoa spread, is proving to be a hit, and will be available to buy on sweetpurehoney.ca soon! Just in time for warm cups of tea and hot morning porridge.
I have also been mixing up some spicy pumpkin coffee cake inspired soap bars for my local markets. I will have our all our new products this week at Medalta Market Thursday 4:30-8:30pm, and the Saturday Farmers Market 9-1pm.
We came home to our farm in Porcupine Plain, SK, this weekend to pack our SPH honey crop. Our trip home happened to coincide with FLOW HIVE contacting us to do a video tapping our FLOW HIVES.
Tomorrow Checkered Owl is flying into Saskatoon, renting a car and driving out to our farm. I am beyond excited about this incredible opportunity to capture us tapping the FLOW HIVES and our breath taking countryside.
What was a dream 2 years ago is reality today. The original letters that came with our FLOW HIVE spoke of us being brought together by this idea, of experiencing a connection with life on earth. Preparing for this video on Monday, I am asking myself what was is that first peaked my interest about the new hives?
From the moment I saw the crowd fundraiser I felt like we were pioneers on this new beekeeping adventure fuelling innovation. ;
It seems like I and others loved the idea of reduced disturbance to the bees. Alongisde a reduction in energy consumption for production and the whole concept behind ethical consumerism, made me fall in love with this start up company. I have embraced slow food and positive buying and I see our FLOW HIVES as a step in the right direction while meeting our consumers demand for eco-friendly goods.
Our focus moving forward is to provide the highest quality whole food and green products that support our SPH healthy choices lifestyle brand.
Our conscious consumers have told us they want isolated specialty raw honey crops. This year we purchased 20 more FLOW HIVES and placed them on sweet clover and red clover crops. This year we will have sweet clover and red clover specialty honey harvest from our own Flow Hives.
We will have the honey available on our website and also at my local markets. A portion of our money harvested from Flow Hives will go directly to educating young school children about the importance of growing your own food, and how bees are not to be feared, rather celebrated.
We thank you for your support and value the connection with our followers. The feedback you provide, all the messages of love and support, stories of healing and handing up, bring me to tears. You motivate me to do more too! I am forever grateful for those of you who believe in me and my little dream!
Local entrepreneur Stella Sehn shares her sweet secret to the success of her small business Sweet Pure Honey.
I wanted to give a quick Sweet Pure Honey update and let everyone know where we are for Spring 2017.
All our Flow Hives have arrived, Sheldon is busy getting them assembled and preparing for our bees. You can follow him directly on his instagram and Facebook account Smokey Beekeeper, ask him questions and let him know what you are curious about. As he is busy working in the field it may take a few days to answer curious questions. For Flow Hive questions I encourage you to contact them directly, they have a great Q & A page and many videos to give you insight on the process of having honey on tap from your own beehive. Right now there is 25% off sale on right now for Canadian customers, so if you are thinking about purchasing one check it out.
We also get questions regarding skeptics and beekeepers who do not support the use of Flow Hive. I encourage you to do your own research. I find this has the most logical debate, it is a personal choice for each individual to make. Flow Hive will allow us to bring our loyal clients what they are asking for. I listened to my clients and they all said yes we want to purchase isolated honey crops. Our first batch of specialty honey is our Red Clover White Honey.
The spring means the beginning of the Saturday Farmers Market at the Cypress Centre. May 20th we are celebrating 20 years, if you care about agriculture in your community I encourage you to come down and purchase directly from the farmers in your surrounding area. I will go hard at my local markets for May and June and am planning to head back to our farm to help Sheldon with the Flow Hives in July and August. I always post where I am so if you follow me on my social media accounts ( twitter, instagram) you will be able to catch me when I am home. You can always order directly online and have your sweet treats arrive right to your home. We are currently at a 4-6 week delivery for orders placed online.
Finally a big THANK YOU for your continued support, the emails and messages sent to our family mean more than you know. To have people reach out and say I get it, I get what you are trying to do, means so much. Our children are turning into teenagers, which has been an interesting transition, and the website is now generating much-appreciated income to prepare for our upcoming honey harvest and new flow hives. Thank you for supporting our family bee farm.
As I sit and type, my heart races realizing in 2 days I will get on a plane and fly to a new city. Sheldon and I head to Vancouver on our second trip alone together in 15 years!
This trip comes at a time when we are looking towards our future, with the Alberta economy drastically changing we have been forced to push ourselves and our business in new directions. We are heading to les amis du FROMAGE to do some Canadian No, 1 Raw white honey tastings, including our specialty red clover flow hive honey.
As we look to expand in British Columbia this year, we were inspired to create new organic products. Moving towards cleaner and greener ingredients, while remaining committed to affordable products and sustainable practices. As founding supporters of Flow Hive, Sweet Pure Honey is investing in more Flow Hives this year. This will allow us to bring our clients specialty organic honey while moving us in a sustainable direction.
The drastic honey price fluctuations seen in the market globally, are especially taxing when you are a small producer. We have always envisioned providing pure honey to our loyal clients who care where their food is coming from. We are here today because people choose to support our family bee farm.
I just got the video of our 2016 Chamber Of Commerce Business Ethics Award, you can watch it here View Video here:
What an amazing evening, I will never forget that night! To be acknowledged for exhibiting the 8 business code of practices right now is an honor, one I strive to maintain.
What started as a dream to build a better life for our family has turned into a reality. We still work each day to provide for our 3 children, and now we see the fruits of our labor. As our children move into teenage years we remain focused on creating a strong family tie that will bind us over the years to follow.
Thank you to each and every one of you who share our story, support our small business and believe in our dream! I am beyond grateful for the life I live and appreciate the privilege to be a stay at home mom while working from home.
I had the privilege of speaking at my local woman's shelter yesterday. This time of year I normally make cash donations to all my favorite organizations in the Hat. With my local market sales decreasing 60% I have been forced to find new and inventive ways to give back to the community that has literally supported my dreams. I chose to give my time, supplies and expertise and empower the woman to create their own organic soap for their family and loved ones. You can read about it here or watch the Video.
What I learned is the greatest gift I can give to other woman is to empower and teach what I have personally learned.
We all walked out of that room a little lighter and taller!
Left to right: Sheldon Hill, Stella Sehn and Ron Riemann of BBB
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So Toni Daley did a product review of our Sweet Pure Honey Canada No.1 Raw White Honey along with her hubby Drew. "The cadilac of honey!" Drew exclaimed.
The video above is just a short clip of Toni's original video post. Well who knew how many US followers Toni had because all the orders that came in are from the US!
We offered anyone typing Toni Daley in the message box 25% off their honey purchase. I wanted to extend that deal to all of my followers. So while we scramble to get prior notice from FDA for all these US orders, anyone wanting to try a jar of our Canada No.1 Raw White Honey now is your chance! Offer good on our Canada No.1 Raw White Honey jars only (pails and soap packs already have 22% off our retail price for buying in bulk)
Thank you Toni and Drew, we appreciate the LOVE!!!! Stella & Sheldon
Finally able to get some new products added to our online store. With running our local markets, filling our wholesale accounts, summer vacation for the kids and running back to our Saskatchewan based bee farm, I have been full up!
If you see anything on my social media accounts you would like to order simply type it in the message box and I can make it for you. I think we finally have the website functioning proeperly, send me an email if you perfer to order directly, you can mail email@example.com and tell me what you want.
I will also have our first tapping from our flow beehive we placed on sweet clover at my local markets this week, pretty much sweet pure nectar, but oh so good!
We are proud to announce our new website and online shopping cart today!
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