In the busy heat and flurry this summer, my business manager (and wife) Yvonne seized an opportunity that placed T's Bees Honey at Mecklenburg County's oldest farmer's market. Mecklenburg County Market is located on Harding Place near Morehead in Charlotte's Elizabeth neighborhood. The store is packed full of regional and local produce, and now, Charlotte's finest raw wildflower honey.
Here I am at left with Dale McLaughlin just after our first delivery. Sure there are other honeys there, but T's Bees Honey is the only one from Mecklenburg County! Needless to say we were both thrilled. Dale's grandmother Pearl opened the store in 1937.
The quiet, wonderful little red brick store is an amazing place to visit. Beverly's Gourmet Foods are carried there, as Beverly is Dale's daughter. When you're there buying some of my honey, be sure to treat yourself and get some of Beverly's Gourmet Foods, too. They're amazing.
I also managed to finally make my first official honey label. I was inspired by a local field of flowering weeds near a shopping center in Charlotte. Each year I will make a new label. As every season tastes different, it will look different, too, at least on my jars of honey.
AND, I finally took and passed the North Carolina Beekeepers Association's journeyman exam and practical test at the association's summer conference in Hickory. Our historic organization was begun in 1917 with an initial meeting of 150 beekeepers representing over 6,000 colonies. Guest speaker was none other than Mr. E.R. Root of Medina, Ohio, who continued his father's work with the Root Candle Company and co-authored "The ABC's and XYZ's of Bee Culture". During this hot and exciting summer of 2016, I was delighted to learn I'd finally made it up a level from Certified Beekeeper to Journeyman Beekeeper. I only scored an 80 on the exam (but managed a 100 on the practical). Fittingly, I scored a "B"!
Tom Davidson is the owner and beekeeper at T's Bees.
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