Our hand-poured 100% beeswax candles are now available in Grindleford Village Shop. We've done a lot of testing on these to get the wick size right. As a result they burn lovely and cleanly — and for a long time as well. All the wax is from our own hives in the Hope Valley and they are hand-made in Curbar. They make great stocking fillers.
We now have two honeys for sale. Heather honey has joined our already popular wildflower honey. Heather honey is a premium product gathered for just a few precious weeks at the end of summer. During late July we move our strongest hives to land adjacent to Eyam Moor to gather a crop from the purple-flowering heather.
This moorland honey is thixotropic — it is a gel rather than a liquid — due to the type of nectar produced by the ling heather. The resulting honey needs special processing equipment. We use a traditional honey press to squeeze it out of the combs before filtering the golden harvest through linen to remove and bits of wax. This extraction destroys the valuable honeycombs, which is one of the reasons for the higher price.