Many businesses residing in the Lake Simcoe watershed offer activities that lend themselves to protecting and teaching others about the natural environment. Dickey Bee Honey in Innisfil is one of those businesses. During a trip to Dickey Bee Honey farm in Cookstown, not only can you purchase delicious honey-based products, but you can learn how valuable the honey bee is, how to protect it, and –if you are so inclined—how to become a beekeeper. While the majority of visitors will not become beekeepers, learning more about the role that this tiny insect plays in our daily lives is a worthwhile venture—and the staff at Dickey Bee Honey is dedicated to helping visitors learn in a fun, environmentally-sustainable environment.
In their 4000 square foot sustainable building (which is currently undergoing an 1800 sq. ft. expansion to meet increasing demand for programming), Dickey Bee offers tours, workshops, camp and school programs, and demonstrations. Topics of discussion include equipment used for collecting honey (both modern and antique), how products such as creamed honey or honey butter are made, visual demonstrations of honey extraction, how honey can contribute to health, and how bees collect honey while pollinating plants. Children’s activities include craft-making using honey and beeswax, planting a pollinator-friendly garden, and—perhaps best of all—cooking with honey and tasting! All the while, you will be reminded of the dedication to environmental protection on behalf of the founders and staff of Dickey Bee. Workshops and displays showcase how minimal waste is created during the honey-collecting and manufacturing process, how care is taken to protect and nurture the bees, why preservation of the natural environment is essential to honey-making, and how this extends to ethical purchasing (a.ka. materials for the new building).
While bees are not the only creatures who pollinate plants, the environmental conditions and biodiversity required to support bees also allows other pollinators to thrive. We rely on these complex creatures for much of our food, including fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and oils—and even some of our non-food crops such as cotton.
Once you have completed a tour or program, learned more about the sustainability of the building, and become more knowledgeable about the life of the honey bee, you can purchase a variety of delicious products ranging from gift baskets, health and beauty products, wax candles, sauces, maple syrup and liquid honey. All honey and maple products for sale are package on site, while all health products are produced and packaged in a lab.
Bring your own container and you can even purchase fresh honey the zero waste way.