One thing I like to promote on my website is small business that are motivated by a desire for quality. I recently came upon another business that is about delivering a quality product to the market place. Grandpa’s Gourmet Honey is one of those companies. It’s beekeeper, Brent Edelen is a sixth generation beekeeper! After college and a short office career, Brent felt the need to head outdoors and continue the family tradition. Grandpa’s Gourmet is not just about producing any old honey. They pride themselves on gathering raw varietal honeys in areas across New Mexico and Colorado.
Some of these are rare honeys that you will be hard pressed to find anywhere else. One example is their Tamarisk Honey. It is named after the tree it comes, the Tamarisk honey, also called the Salt Cedar. This tree is a great source of nectar for bees, however it’s also a source of pain for the New Mexico government. They are trying to eliminate the tree as it is invasive and uses quite a bit of water. Last thing you want in a dry climate, is having a water sucking tree. But for now as long as the trees are there, Grandpa’s will be producing this dark, not for the weak of heart honey. If the trees do go away, they have the option of moving the operation to the Tamarisk trees in Texas.
Grandpa’s also produces 4 other varieites of honey: Clover Honey, White Honey (which is honey that is crystallized to produce a spreadable honey), “Seasonal” Desert Wild Flower Honey, and “Seasonal” Chamiso Honey (comes from Rabbit Brush, a bush that grows throughout the southwest).
You can purchase Grandpa’s Gourmet Honey online from their website. Or you can visit them at the farmer’s markets in Denver. They will be participating in Colorado Fresh Markets farmer’s markets at Cherry Creek (May 7 – Oct 29, 8am-1pm) and City Park Esplanade (May 16 – Oct 31, 9am-1pm). They also sell wholesale, so if you work at grocery stores, specialty food stores, cheese shops, online food purveyors, or any other gourmet food vendors, including distributors, you can contact Grant Grigorian at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 720-470-1469.