Two Creeks Honey make pure honey, harvested from the bushland in East Lindfield, Sydney. We find out more about how they started, their prize-winning honey and the benefits of beekeeping.
Owners of Two Creeks Honey, Lynda and Rod Kay, started learning about beekeeping less than three years ago when they joined the North Shore Beekeepers Association and undertook a beekeeping course. They started with two hives and now have twenty hives scattered around East Lindfield and a busy honey-making business.
Lynda says she and her husband “fell in love with beekeeping at the same rate”, enjoying a pastime they can do together. They also found their garden improved ten-fold having its own bees. For example, an orange tree and lemon tree without fruit for about fifteen years are now full with fruit.
The proliferation of hives meant more and more honey which Lynda and Rod wanted to capture and sell. Their honey and honey products are made in East Lindfield and sold at That Great Market in East Lindfield. It doesn’t get more locally made than that. Some of their twenty hives are now hosted by neighbours in East Lindfield who are also enjoying the benefits of having bees in their garden.
Bees will travel up to seven kilometres for food, but they will move to the strongest and nearest source. For the bees at Two Creeks, this is the Garigal National Park. Lynda says, whilst every extraction has its own individual taste, the distinctive flavour of Two Creeks Honey comes from the gum trees in the National Park. These trees produce a lot of pollen and nectar, so the bees can “feast” here.
The flavours in Two Creeks Honey you won’t find in commercial honey, which is usually a blend of honey from different sources. Commercial honey is also heavily processed with heating and filtering. This blending and processing leads to honey that has lost its particular nuance and flavour.
Each hive at Two Creeks makes about 50 kilograms of honey. When there is “nectar-flow” the honey is collected once every two weeks and, otherwise, once a month. At the end of autumn, there must be enough honey left in the hive to sustain it through winter. In late August and September, the hive expands with the birth of thousands of baby bees.
The end of bees?
Bee colony collapse is happening all over the world. Lynda says, about thirty percent of our food requires pollination in order to be produced and bees are the most successful pollinators. This bee crisis doesn’t just impact fruit and vegetable production, but also meat production because of the reliance of livestock on grasses, crops and lucerne for food.
Lynda noticed a lack of bees in their own garden, before acquiring their hives. She thinks the widespread reliance on pesticides and insecticides nowadays is probably largely responsible for this decrease in bees.
Do you want to find out more about beekeeping? There are lots of beekeeping groups and information now available as more and more people are interested in keeping bees and helping pollination.
Come down to That Great Market, East Lindfield, and meet Lynda and Rod and check out their beautiful honey, in the form of liquid honey, creamed honey, and chocolate honey hearts. Their creamed honey is wrapped in paper, old-style, like butter. Last year, they won the Blue Ribbon at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for their creamed honey.
Two Creeks also sell a range of honey products, such as wax candles, lip balm and leather conditioner. Last year, they won the Blue Ribbon and the Champion Ribbon at the Sydney Royal Easter Show for their wax candles.
They are also happy to sell from their premises and will post products too. They make local deliveries of larger quantities of honey.
That Great Market is open on the 3rd Sunday each Month
East Lindfield Community Hall & Surrounds
9 Wellington Road, East Lindfield
9am to 2pm