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Tim BairdTim Baird
Carrboro, North Carolina

Born and raised in central Maine, my youth was spent mowing the lawn, kicking a soccer ball against the garage doors, and trying to sneak sugar cereal out of the kitchen cupboards after I was put to bed. More about Tim


Warren JohnstonWarren Johnston
South Royalton, Vermont

I am a baby boomer who grew up in a time when the trend in food was convenience and speed. It wasn't the fast-food era, but a post-World War II time when ... More about Warren


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Holliston, Massachusetts

We live in Holliston, Massachusetts. When we bought our house in Holliston about 27 years ago, Holliston was a rural/residential town of about 13,000 people. More about Barbara


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Cleveland, Ohio

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Holliston Honey

Posted at 8:26 PM on March 16, 2008 by Barbara Kattman

Last year when I was becoming increasingly interested in local sources of food, I was very excited to discover that Holliston is home to the largest local honey producer in Massachusetts. Our favorite farmstand in Holliston, Arcadian Farms, introduced us to "Boston Honey" and our lives have been considerably sweeter ever since.

Andy Reseska of Reseska Apiaries, Inc., is a full time and dedicated beekeeper. He keeps seven hundred to one thousand colonies of bees that enable him to produce an amazing 48,000 pounds of honey a year. That sure is a lot of honey!

Reseska keeps his bee yards on federal, private and town lands in our neck of the woods that are abundant with purple loosestrife. Although the non-native purple loosestrife grows invasively in wetlands and floodplains to the dismay of many, it flowers profusely during mid-summer and the bees just love it. It is also great for bees because it contains a good supply of pollen and nectar and has more fructose than glucose.

Andy's bees also enjoy feeding on wildflowers, milkweed, goldenrod, and apple blossoms. All of these bee treats make Reseska's honey darker and far more flavorful than the typical mass imported varieties. Bottomline, his honey is local and positively delicious!

Andy harvests his honey once or twice a year either in July or the end of August. His honey is sold under the name of "Golden Meadow Honey" or "Boston Honey" and is available at local stands, farmer's markets, Whole Foods, Russo's in Watertown, and Debra's Natural Gourmet in West Concord.

We are proud that we have such a great resource in our back yard. Aside from enjoying his honey, I like to think the bees we see busy at work in our garden pollinating all the flowers, fruits, and vegetables are there thanks to Andy! April flowers and busy bees are surely just around the corner, aren't they?