News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hospice of the Western Reserve


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Social Issues




Quick Bites: Getting a taste of local honey
Wildflower honey, honey jam, hickory syrup and more
by WKSU's VIVIAN GOODMAN
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Vivian Goodman
 
Courtesy of Valerie Brown
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

One of the sweetest treats at Northeast Ohio’s farmers’ markets is produced by the region's own very industrious bees.   The National Honey Board has a website where health-conscious consumers can locate home-grown honey.  But for this week’s “Quick Bite”, WKSU’s Vivian Goodman had to look no further than Bath.

Taste of honey

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (4:54)


(Click image for larger view.)

You can find local honey at Shaker Square’s Indoor Market, Mentor’s Krizman Farmers Market, and at Lake Farmpark in Kirtland.

Today, we’re at the Countryside Conservancy’s Farmer’s Market at Old Trail School in Bath talking with  a couple of local beekeepers.

 “Hi, I’m Susan Schmidt of Schmidt Family Farms. But people call me the honey lady.”

Schmidt farms in Medina County.

Daniel Greenfield brings his honey to market from his farm in Peninsula. 

“Greenfield Berry Farm.  Yeah, I’m the beekeeper. And we have about five hives. They produced about 250 pounds of honey this year. They forage a lot of course at the berry farm, and so the honey is influenced by the berries themselves.

Over the years recently we’ve heard some scary stuff about bees. How’s it going lately?

“Bees, like other things in agriculture, they have a tough time of it. So they’re susceptible to mites, and there are a lot of problems with this climate. We don’t have the big problems of colony collapse, at least that I know of. But there are definitely some challenges that go with beekeeping.”

The Schmidt family had raised organic vegetables, flowers, herbs and eggs for many years at their farm about 25 miles south of Cleveland. Then an Ohio State University Extension service agent put a bug in Susan Schmidt’s head about bee-keeping. 

 “There’s a wonderful workshop called the Tri-County Beekeepers Association workshop, and it was the next week. So when the extension agent told us, I went down to the workshop and learned all about beekeeping.”  :

That was about 15 years, and a lot of beestings ago.

You wouldn’t know it though, when you see her.  And customers make a beeline when they do.  

Schmidt says her bees don’t mind the weather.

 “ In the winter, the bees stay inside their hive. They stay in a cluster, in a ball, and they wiggle their little wing muscles which generates so much heat that it stays warm and they keep the queen warm in the middle of the cluster. They don’t hibernate. How many hives have you got there? Well, I keep 10 on my properties and I rent hives from somebody else. Probably 60 right now.”  

Her bees forage all spring and summer on acres of wildflowers, and she extracts honey from the hives once a year

 “Anywhere from, 40 to 80 pounds a hive, generally speaking. How many different varieties of honey are you offering here? Just one variety of honey.  But I’m making something called the honey jam, which is nothing but honey and crystallized fruit. At our house, it doesn’t make it to your toast.” 

Beth Knorr, manager of the countryside conservancy’s farmer’s market, suggests another way to top your toast, from Daniel Greenfield’s farm.

 “One of my favorite products of his is hickory syrup. We don’t have anybody else bringing hickory syrup. It’s got a nice smoky flavor and it’s great on pancakes and in baked goods, too. It’s a really great change-up from maple syrup every now and then. I know my kids would probably drink the whole bottle if I let them.”  

 “ How do you make syrup hickory flavor?

“Hickory syrup’s a little different in that we take the bark of the shagbark hickory tree and we boil that and steep that for a long period of time. We reduce that with honey and sugar till it’s just the right consistency and it’s quite delicious. Did you invent this? No, I know others are doing it as well. Amish down in Southern Ohio are doing it and also I know some folks in Indiana as well.”

Greenfield sells his honey and syrup here at the Countryside Conservancy Farmers Market and at his berry farm in Peninsula. Both the Greenfield Berry Farm and the Schmidt Family farm also have community-supported agriculture programs.  Customers help defray some of the costs by coming to the farms once a week throughout the growing season to pick up produce.

Visitors  to the Schmidt Family Farm enjoy the wildflowers almost as much as the bees do.    

 “We have 50 acres and I do certified organic vegetables on about an acre of it. It must be beautiful as well. Yes, it is. I love it.”

The next time you can forage at the Countryside Conservancy’s Farmer’s Market will be a week from Saturday.

Next Friday on Quick Bites, we’ll tour the market to give you a preview. 


Related Links & Resources
The Greenfield Berry Farm website

Schmidt Family Farm profile

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook






Stories with Recent Comments

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Mozzarella's easy when you have a way with curd
Hello, Where can I get such a heater that you have? Does it hold temperature that you set? What brand and model is it? Thank you in advance!! :)

Pluto: A healthy LeBron James is the key for the rocky Cavs
It's time to back our Cleveland professional teams through thick and thin. I've seen management, players and coaches come and go and it hasn't changed a thing. ...

Legal marijuana group offers new details about ballot issue
Americans feel as if they should have the right to decide on their own if and when it is or is not a responsible time to have a drink or smoke a joint. The fac...

The PUCO is assessing what happened in Akron's AT&T outage
not the first time for that steam pipe break... happened in the late 70's when the office was being converted to electronic switch ESS.. was a big mess then but...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University