The Honey Maven

Solstice Honey blog. Say yes to bees. Say yes to life.

Why Honey?

I started Solstice Honey to give consumers an exquisite honey tasting experience and the opportunity to support bees. Knowing that bees play an irreplaceable part in food sustainability, I wanted to bring solutions for bee sustainability to the public. I bought hives and bees while meeting beekeepers, tasting varietal and wildflower honeys, and developing sources. I visited bee friendly gardens and installed gardens of my own. Privileged to serve as a honey taster on the UC Davis Honey Flavor and Aroma Wheel panel, I now host honey tastings where food enthusiasts develop an appreciation for varietal and regional wildflower honeys. I market sustainably harvested honeys from around the West under the Solstice label. I envision my business growing to fulfill consumers' desire for food that sustains the vibrant health of people and of the environment with every delicious bite.

Say yes to bees. Say yes to life.

Three Elements Pairing Honey

How does one select honey to pair with meats, cheeses, nuts and greens? Watch my latest video to see surprising pairings and learn the three elements of creating your own honey pairings. Say yes to bees. Say yes to life. 

Martha Stewart American Made Awards FINALIST!

Solstice Honey is now a finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made awards. We're in the running for grand prize consideration.


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Ten American Made Award Winners will be announced on October 17, 2014.

Each Prize consists of a trip for winner and a guest to New York City, NY on November 7-8, 2014.  Exact details of the prize package are as follows:

  • Round-trip coach class air transportation for two (2)
  • Three (3) days/two (2) nights in a standard double occupancy room at a hotel of the Sponsor’s choosing
  • Ground transportation to from airport to hotel, and from hotel
  • MSLO produced video featuring Prize Winner’s business
  • $10,000 cash
  • Tickets for winner and a guest to  the American Made Event
  • A chance to be featured on
  • A chance to be featured in the American Made Market on eBay
  • A chance to be featured in Martha Stewart Living
  • An opportunity to appear on the Martha Stewart Living radio show on SiriusXM radio

Say yes to bees. Say yes to life.

Bee Friendlier Documentary in the Making!

To kick off to the Bee Friendlier campaign the folks from Cascadian Farm Organic partnered with the makers of Wildflower Seedles to put on a Seed Bomb Drop party. Lots of kids and kids at heart gathered at the Collins Farm Stand outside Davis to watch Wildflower Seedles, colorful clay seed bombs, dropped from a vintage biplane onto a waiting disked field. The UC Davis Arboretum was on hand share the chance to make seed bombs to take home. The thrill of rolling up clay, compost, and of course, native wildflower seeds that bees go wild for, was beat only by the thrill of watching the plane fly low to drop flower seeds that will sustain bees and other pollinators all next growing season. Kids were enthralled, collecting seedles as if they were precious gems. Let’s follow their lead. Plant native wildflowers!

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Visit the GROW THE RAINBOW website for more information about Wildflower Seedles.

Aveda and Whole Foods Market Partner with the Xerces Society

A friend recently told me that she hadn’t heard of the Xerces Society, a non-profit dedicated to invertebrate conservation, until she watched The Honey Maven video on bee friendly gardening. Then in the next few weeks the Xerces Society popped up on her radar several places. Some big names are partnering with the Xerces Society to get the buzz out about invertebrate conservation. Two of the most well known are Whole Foods Markets and Aveda.

The University Heights Whole Foods Market temporarily removed produce that depends on pollinators, 237 of 453 products, to demonstrate the impact that a loss of pollinators would have on consumers. One of every three bites we take is pollinated by honey bees or another native insect species!

Aveda opened its 6th Season of the Aveda Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo. It uses this lovely setting as an educational platform to help the planet’s butterflies, honey bees, and other imperiled pollinators.

Scott Hoffman Black, a Xerces Society researcher who has worked for the conservation of endangered species for more than twenty-five years, knows the challenges and the possibilities.  His message is both distressing and encouraging. Yes, the situation is bad, and yes, there are effective ways each us can bring positive change. Read what he has to say in the Spring 2014 issue of Wings, Essays On Invertebrate Conservation.

So how do we address large-scale, widespread declines of species we formerly took for granted? Putting fences around habitats will not work. Large areas of high-quality, insecticide free habitats will be needed and these habitats must be connected wherever possible. This is not an effort that is restricted to distant wilderness, but a cause in which everyone can take part. Home owners and farmers can plant native flowers and work to limit the impact of insecticides; land managers can provide resilient habitat for a variety of species; and all of us can vote with our pocketbooks by buying sustainable, organic, and GMO-free products.

The Honey Maven agrees! Say yes to bees. Say yes to life!

Photo credit: Whole Foods Market University Heights' produce department with and without items dependent on pollinator populations. (PRNewsFoto/Whole Foods Market)