We are Larissa and Thomas, founders of Bee Seasonal®, and we want to share our story with you!
Honey, Sustainability, and Community
Food has always been something that connected us to each other and to the world. Everything having to do with food represents a cultural act, and we love learning about new cultures.
One specific food is very familiar to us all, and it is amazing to see how different people treat it differently depending on where they live. We are talking about honey.
Larissa first noticed that after spending half of her life in Europe, where she experienced the way Europeans consume honey. Supermarket shelves stock seasonally available honey varietals from around the world. The immensity of flavors, colors, and textures always amazed her. Traveling back and forth between Europe and the United States she noticed the differences when it comes to what is available in the US and how people think about honey and beekeeping.
We get excited about stories of sustainably harvested honey, socially engaged beekeepers and all the amazing different honey varietals that exist. We know that there are more people like us out there!
Honey is one of the most diverse foods on the planet, and every honey is a fingerprint of its origins. With characteristics formed by the rains, winds, soils, and flora, each origin provides a unique flavor profile to be discovered.
The problem is that most honey found on the market is a blend of many kinds of honey from different origins which cannot be traced or identified. These blends mask honey’s unique characteristics and, many times, these kinds of honey are not produced using sustainable methods. This has a negative effect on both the quality of the final product and on bee health.
OUR MISSION: Ethical Honey Brands
We want people to experience all the variety the honey world has to offer at the same time that we help promote more natural and organic beekeeping. By partnering with responsible beekeepers that follow organic production guidelines, we support sustainability and a more transparent food chain.
The only way of achieving this is by trading directly with producers. Bee Seasonal nurtures close relationships with partners, in order to better understand the product, the production methods and the places where the honey is coming from. This work together with beekeepers makes it possible for us to source some of the best honey varietals and bring them directly to the market. At the same time, we make sure that every step of the way guarantees human dignity, product integrity, environmental protection, and bees’ well-being.
TO OUR PARTNERS WE PROMISE:
- To always be loyal and transparent
- To always trade directly
- To always pay above market prices for their honey
- We will always share their stories
- We will always treat the honey they work so hard to harvest with unconditional respect
TO OUR CONSUMERS WE PROMISE:
- To bring only the best, organic, raw and unfiltered honey to the market
- To provide educational material about honey, bees, and beekeeping
- To teach about the places where the honey come from and the people who harvest them
- To provide some of the most amazing sustainably harvested honey from around the world
To the bees, without whom none of this would be possible, we promise to only work with those who respect and try to understand them.
Larissa & Thomas