What’s new at the Market: Honey products are buzzing in Sequim

Sequim Farmers Market

Open: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

Location: Sequim Civic Center Plaza, downtown Sequim

More info: manager@sequimmarket.com or 360-582-6218

On the web: www.sequimmarket.com

Did you know that honey has powerful antioxidants to help boost your immune system and help your body defend against heart disease and cancer?

If you are looking to improve your health, try swapping out cane sugar for honey. Not only does it have many health benefits, but it is a healthier, tastier option.

At Sequim Farmers Market we have two vendors — Garry Flynn with Dungeness Valley Apiaries and Meg Depew with Sequim Bee Farm — that consistently produce nutrient rich honey.

Dungeness Valley Apiaries has eight locations around the Dungeness valley that produce the golden sweet honey we all love. His honey bees live off of wildflowers, dandelions and blackberries.

This time of year most beekeepers like Garry are busy capturing swarms and luring the queen bee and her colony into a hive with lemongrass oil. It is a simple trick and the bees find it irresistible because the scent mimics some common honey bee pheromones.

At the farmers market recently, Garry asked me if I knew the origin of the word honeymoon? I didn’t. The word comes from medieval times when they gave married couples enough honey for a month because it was the sweetest time of the marriage.

Attending a wedding this summer? Give some honey to the newlyweds for good luck.

Before Meg Depew and her husband Buddy started the Sequim Bee Farm, they were inspired by a hive of bees that happened to swarm on their truck. They called a local beekeeper to remove the bees and were fascinated by the process. An interest in honeybees was sparked, but it was not until they moved to the beautiful community of Sequim that they were able to realize their dream.

Sequim Bee Farm does not only have award-winning honey. The business also offers a collection of beeswax candles, beeswax wood butter furniture polish, lip balm, and more.

Bringing the blues

The Summer Live Music Series continues with Forest Beutel, a boot stompin’ Americana blues one-man band, performing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Slinging banjo, guitar, harmonica, kick drum and a high-hat, Beutel builds a twingy, upbeat atmosphere that engages a crowd and gets folks on their feet.

A modern day rambling man, Beutel’s voice blends the high lonesome sounds of Hank Williams with gruff baritone vibrations akin to Johnny Cash.

A special thanks to Bell & Davis Law and BrokersGroup Real Estate for supporting the Sequim Farmers Market.

April Hammerand is the Market Manager for the Sequim Farmers Market. Reach her at manager@sequimmarket.com or 360-582-6218. For more information, visit www.sequimmarket.com.

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