That Jersey Buzz is Raw Organic Honey: Local and Ready to Love
Aaron Daniels, Beekeeper and Entrepreneur, Newark, NJ
You’ve heard about the dearth of bees? Well, not in Newark, New Jersey. Young Aaron Daniels, 24, has made quite a buzzing business for himself as a beekeeper in Newark. His hives are placed around the city, and Aaron minds the hives and harvests the honey for sale in outlets both local and as far away as Boston.
He calls his business JerseyBuzz: www.jerseybuzz.net
When I asked Aaron about Newark’s plentiful bees, he told me that no one in Newark sprays chemicals like they do in the suburbs. Can’t afford ‘em, he says. So poor, bombed-out Newark turns out to be a great place to start an urban organic raw honey bee-keeping business.
And Aaron’s honey is carefully described. Aaron makes and sells only raw honey, which is the concentrated nectar of flowers that comes straight from the extractor. It is unheated, pure, unpasteurized, and unprocessed.
Much of the honey found in the supermarket is not raw honey but “commercial” grade honey, which has been pasteurized (heated at 158°F / 70°C or more, followed by rapid cooling) and processed so that it is easier to handle and package. As a result, commerically processed honey’s delicate aromas, vitamins and minerals are lost. Raw honey is more nutritious and flavorful than processed honey.
Aaron is part of the Newark Conservancy, a 25 year old organization that supports urban agriculture, provides training for young people, and provision of local, organic produce and honey to the community through a series of neighborhood farmstands..
“People in Newark don’t have cars,” says Newark Conservancy Executive Director, Robin Dougherty, “and there aren’t enough supermarkets, so farmstands are welcome.”
Aaron, who maintains seven hives and hopes to grow to 200 hives in his business, says he just loves bees. Not stung yet? I asked him. Only once, he replied in his soft, impassioned voice. “Then I learned to do it right.”
Aaron’s mentor and friend, Joseph Jay, was the treasurer of the Essex County Beekeepers Association, “I wanted to be him. I just loved him,” says Aaron. He gained strength and confidence from the patient tutelage he got from Mr. Jay.
Aaron’s worst experience as a beekeeper was once when his hives were attacked by hornets, the natural enemy of bees. See this UK piece from “The Daily Mail” for an example of what hornets can do to bees. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
Aaron is available to give workshops to school or clubs, and will make personal appearances this summer at Greenwood Gardens, Newark’s Ironbound Portuguese Fair, and the Washington Street Fair.
Aaron loves to show people what a pleasure it is to raise bees and welcomes invitations for appearances.
Health benefits of raw honey
If you’re troubled by seasonal allergies, buy locally produced raw honey for a treatment. 1 tablespoon of raw honey daily is as good as an allergy shot for seasonal allergies.
Raw honey has antimicrobial effects and acts like an antibiotic when applied to wounds. Useful for treating burns as well, honey will keep air away from burnt skin so that it may heal more quickly. Simply make a poultice of pure raw honey and paste it onto the skin. Works for rashes, burns, and abrasions.
However, medical experts warn against giving raw honey to children under the age of one because of the potential possibility of transmitting botulism.
Bee Swarms are done in May of every year.
Watch for them.
May is the season when bees make new homes. If the old hive gets too crowded, a young queen will take off with a few thousand of her closest friends to claim a new site. In the process, the bees will swarm in several different places.
For two Mays in a row, I have been privileged to have a swarm of bees in the trees in my back yard. It’s magical really. They never stay more than a day. Scouts go out from the swarm to tell them where to go next.
As mysteriously as they came, they go. They are quite harmless unless you try to break up the swarm.
Here’s a better idea. Call Aaron Daniels, 973 374 1063, and he will come and take those bees and make a new hive for them. But call quickly. They only stay in one place a short time.
Aaron is looking to find new locations for his hives. If you’d like to have hives on your property contact Aaron: www.jerseybuzz.net, myjerseybuzz@GMAIL.COM, 973.374.1063 and Aaron will come and make a site inspection to see if your property is a suitable site for a hive or two.
The Bees’ Knees: Where to buy Aaron’s raw,organic New Jersey Honey
Go right to the source and buy the honey from Aaron’s website, : www.jerseybuzz.net.
Other sales outlets include:
The Newark Conservancy
32 Prince Street
Newark, New Jersey 07103
973 642 4646
392 Broad St
Newark, NJ 07104
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