Real sweet stuff: road-side stall sells Pontiac honey

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Kate Aley

As with almost everything else, honey is best when it's grown locally. Large companies usually blend honey from many places; only really local honey has all the delicious freshness of home.

Earl Bottrill (above) has been cultivating bees for over eight years and currently owns about 50 hives. His stall is situated at the corner of Ch. Murray and the 148 in Quyon and is open on Fridays from 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.

"It's wildflower honey so it's made from purple loosestrife, golden rod and later on the blue aster," explained Bottrill. "The bees seem to be doing a little bit better this year. With the rain, farmers haven't been able to cut their hay, so they have been able to take advantage of the mature flowers. Of course when it rains, the bees can't get out either."

Bottrill sells his honey in three sizes: one-, two- and four-cup jars. His prices are, quite frankly, extremely competitive.

And how does the honey taste? "Sweet! That's the one-word description," Bottrill said with a laugh.