The NYC Honey Festival was established in 2011 to celebrate the first full year of legalized beekeeping in NYC. Held in mid-September, Honey Fest wraps up NYC Honey Week — a weeklong celebration during which local eateries and watering holes feature honey-themed dishes and serve honey infused cocktails. Honey Fest features not only local honey from the hives of beekeepers in the five boroughs, but also honey and bee related products, including beeswax candles, honeycomb, propolis, and more.
In addition, local beekeepers are on hand with demonstration bee hives to teach about the secret lives of honey bees and how bees make the sweet substance that makes this festival possible! Local beekeepers bring the best liquid gold their hives have to offer to compete in the annual honey tasting contest for the chance to be named NYC Honey of the Year. Vendors, games, raffles, demonstrations, films, and honey-on-tap all come together to make this the sweetest event of the year!
HAYSEEDS BIG CITY FARM SUPPLY
Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply is a pop-up urban farm store launched as a partnership between Brooklyn Grange, Brooklyn Homesteader, and Domestic Construction in the spring of 2012. The three groups came together to work on the project after identifying a need for organic and sustainably-produced farm supplies to help fuel the local urban farming community.
The store offers farm and garden tools, bee hives and equipment, chicken and rabbit feed, organic and heirloom vegetable seeds, mushroom spawn, organic fertilizers and soil amendments, and more. It also serves as a location for weekend workshops, where novices can learn about container gardening, mushroom cultivation, chicken rearing
and other urban farming practices.
Hayseed’s is open throughout April, May and June in a small storefront in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The location is home to Domestic Construction, a design firm that has also converted an unused parking lot next door into a garden and art space.
You can visit www.bigcityfarmsupply.com for regular store hours and details.
If you live within a mile of our commercial kitchen space in Greenpoint, you’ve probably smelled Ben’s famous hot sauce simmering away — maybe your eyes even burned a little — sorry! Our line of small batch, hand-made salsas, pickles, and jams are made with the freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs from the farm. Our honey sells out quickly after each harvest, and our curative and delicious herbal teas and tinctures will fix you up fit as a fiddle! From spice rubs to beeswax candles, our value added products are sold at our farmstands and available in just a few specialty stores around the city and on the web.