Photo by Doug Bell.

 

our bees

The honeybee is an amazing creature in a little package. Every one of the tens of thousands of bees in a hive has an important role. A forager bee is the worker that travels from flower to flower, gathering nectar and pollen to bring back to the hive which goes on to become the delicious honey we know so well.

Keeping bees in British Columbia and Saskatchewan promotes the propagation of a species that is critical for agriculture in Canada. Domestic and wild bees, including the honeybee, are responsible for pollinating approximately 70% of the world's leading crops for human consumption. Bees not only give us honey, but also blueberries, apples, peaches, and so many other fruits, berries, beans, and oilseeds. This is why we ensure everything we do not only results in delicious honey but also a healthy, thriving bee population.

A sustainable sweetener

Did you know that local honey is the most environmentally-friendly sweetener in the world? Compared to any other sweetener, including table sugar and corn syrup, honey uses a fraction of the energy costs associated with production, refining, and transportation of other sweeteners.

  • Honey is a byproduct of crops or wildflowers so it requires no fertilizer, pesticides, or irrigation, and leaves almost no impact on the land.

  • Raw honey has virtually no refining step - it is taken right out of the comb, minimally filtered, and then packaged for you all to enjoy.

  • Finally, purchasing local honey means that transportation costs are very low. In Canada, 90% of sugar consumed is imported as raw cane sugar from countries in South and Central America [1]. The further that food travels to get to the table, the more planes, ships, trucks, and trains are required to get it there, which increases pollution and the environmental impact of the product.

Who is Three Foragers?

Three Foragers is a company that exists to keep the world green and wild. In everything we do, we aim to only forage for what nature can replenish. Our company includes three generations of beekeepers with the resolve to produce food that is good for the planet and good for you.

How is our Honey different from others?

When you purchase a jar of Three Foragers, you’re not just getting a honey that tastes amazing, but you’re also supporting a system that emphasizes the quality of our environment, the quality of honeybee health, and the quality of what you take home to feed to your family.

Most larger packers will source honey from all over Canada and beyond and blend the honeys to sell to the consumer cheaply. They can also employ processing techniques that strip the honey of its nutritional value.

We produce all of our own honey at our family farm in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. As beekeepers as well as processors, we have full control over the entire production cycle of every teaspoon of honey. This is where we can make a difference.

What does this mean?

Sustainable beekeeping - We manage our hives for their health and survival, not for greatest honey yield or gentleness. We want our bees to THRIVE because exceptional honey begins with exceptional bees. We only take the honey that our bees won’t need to consume themselves.

Rich food sources - Canada is an agriculture-rich region with an endless variety of flowers. This feature, along with our intense climate, makes Canadian honey the best in the world.

Strict harvesting standards - Sometimes producers will harvest the honey too early, which can lead to a poorer product, or fermentation of the honey over time. We only take the honey when it’s ready to be harvested.

Minimal processing - Honey comes out of the hive perfectly made by bees, so our job is to keep this perfection in the jar you take home. That means minimal straining, no blending, no pasteurizing, no shortcuts!

Earth-friendly packaging - We are committed to packaging materials that are 100% recyclable. We use compostable films, glass jars, metal lids, and paper labels made from recycled content. Our new honey caramels bags and wrappers are also completely compostable!

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[1] Canadian Sugar Industry Statistics.