Last week I took a trip over to the Conwy honey fair. I went off feeling all excited, in the hope that I’d come across lots of different local honey producers and with strict instructions from the kids (who are honey connoisseurs) to buy all the honey I could find!!
I have to say I was a little disappointed. There was plenty of Shropshire, Cheshire and even Lancashire honey, but very little sourced locally. I was surprised as well because I’m pretty sure there are more than 3 local producers in the area, so either they weren’t participating in the festival or they had nothing to sell on the day.
One of the producers I did chat to was Jenny Shaw who, together with her husband Wally (secretary of Anglesey bee keepers association), produces honey on Yns Mon. Her bees are kept in various locations around Dwyran (the South West corner of Anglesey) and the honey I tasted reflected the different habitats in which they live (Bees kept in the marshland areas in the middle of Anglesey produced a deeper flavoured honey, compared to the Bees kept in her orchard and areas where there were brambles, which produced a sweeter, lighter honey).
I bought 3 different types and opened them up for my young honey connoisseurs to try….their verdict was that they were all their favourites, but the lighter one would be best for the honey and Lavender ice-cream I plan to make.
Jenny and Wally only sell their honey in two places, Hooten’s Homegrown Farm Shop in Brynsiencyn, Yns Mon and Station bakery Criccieth.