Looking for the perfect gift for the ultimate foodie on your list this holiday season? How about a gift that is locally produced, helps the environment and contributes to research and education for the betterment of the world?
Honey from Carmel Honey Company, which was founded by a 13-year-old Carmel student Jake Reisdorf who was 11 at the time, fits the bill perfectly.
The four types of honey currently available — Sage Honey, Wildflower Honey, Orange Blossom Honey and Meadowfoam Honey — fromCarmel Honey Company are all-natural, pure, raw, premium honey that come straight from the hive.
And Reisdorf, as part of his “Jake Gives Back” program, donates a portion of his honey sales proceeds to organizations that are expanding research and education efforts by addressing the production, nutritional value, health benefits, economics, and/or quality standards ofhoney bees and honey.
“I’m just an average 13-year-old who likes honey bees,” Reisdorf told California Bountiful magazine. “With beekeeping, you are helping the environment and it is really fun and interesting. I’m all about the education and practicing beekeeping and doing honey. The message that I want everyone to know is: If the bees go, we go, so help save the bees.”
In addition to individual jars of honey, Carmel Honey Company offers three special packages perfect for the foodie on your gift list: Carmel Honey Company Honey Sampler, Honeycomb and Honey Stix.
The Sampler is the ideal way to sample all four pure, raw, premium honey varietals. This set includes 3-oz. jars of Sage Honey, WildflowerHoney, Orange Blossom Honey and Meadowfoam Honey.
They are packaged ready for gift giving in an elegant clear gift bag and gold bow. It can also be opened and separated — allowing one to keep their favorite varietal and give the others as secret Santa gifts.
Honeycomb is the absolute purest form of honey. Circular frames are placed inside the beehive and the honey bees instinctively know to build it out first with wax, then fill it with honey. Since the honey bees make the wax and honey, the 8-oz rounds are 100% edible.
Harvested individually at different times, from a variety of hives, no two rounds will taste exactly the same. These honeycombs are delicious on a cheese board or cut and placed over soft-serve ice cream. Also an excellent gift for the foodie in your life.
Honey Stix offer a great boost of energy in a convenient package. In a lunchbox or purse this 12-pack is an easy way to curb sweet cravings the natural way. Filled with the Wildflower Honey varietal, each Stix contains 1 teaspoon of honey. Excellent portion control for tea and coffee and also an ideal stocking stuffer or unique gift for all ages.
And remember, when you purchase a jar of honey from the Carmel Honey Company, (or place a honey bee pollination hive in your backyard), you have contributed to the research and education of the public on the importance of pollination and the benefits of thehoney bee.
Carmel Honey Company honey can be purchased directly from the website (which grew out of his elementary class project) at Carmel Honey Company.
About Jake and Carmel Honey Company:
Jake Reisdorf is the chief beekeeper and owner of Carmel Honey Company, which he started as part of a school project where his teacher assigned professions to each student and directed them to research the profession and build a presentation on it.
While researching his assigned profession of website designer, Jake, 11 years old at the time, decided to take it one step further and actually create a real website. At that time, Jake had taken one beekeeping class with his Dad and thought it would be cool to design a website about honey bees.
Not only did Jake get an “A” on the project, but it inspired him and spurred him to start Carmel Honey Company. That was three years ago.
His passion for honey bees grew as he learned about Colony Collapse Disorder and real honey. Expanding his research and education drove Jake to learn more about honey and bees and ultimately decide it was critical to give back.
In addition, Jake places hives on residential and commercial properties to raise awareness and encourage others to support the honeybee.
The “Jake Gives Back” program includes sharing honey bee knowledge with kids and adults of all ages. Whether he is in a classroom speaking to first-grade students, or at a corporate event talking with business owners and seasoned professionals, his passion and appreciation of how honey bees impact our world is infectious. He also “gives back” by making a financial donation to honey bee research and education organizations.
Jake currently attends 8th grade at Carmel Middle School and keeps his knowledge of Apiology (the scientific study of bees) current by continuing to manage his own honey bee hives and attending industry conferences throughout the country.
Carmel Honey Company 831.687.8511
photographs provided by Carmel Honey Company / Richard Green Photography