Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Saturday, in case you didn't know it, is National Honeybee Awareness Day.
How to celebrate?
You could buy some local honey from The Honey Exchange, or take a tour of Maine Mead Works and sample some of their delicious honey wine. Their tasting room will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and tours will be given at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Or you could take a road trip to Brunswick, where Frontier is planning two showings of the film "Vanishing of the Bees" at 2 and 7 p.m.
At 6 p.m., Rob Nicoll of Fiddler's Reach Mead will hold a tasting of his mead and the raw honeys used to make them. After the tasting, Christy Hemenway of Gold Star Honeybees, an advocate for natural beekeeping practices, will introduce the second showing of the film.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod
Wendy Almeida and her family have a smattering of livestock and a summer garden. After 10 years of her kids being involved in 4-H, she's finally accepted the term "hobby farm" to describe her family's work at sustainable living. These days her morning starts with milking a goat before heading into the office for her day job as an assistant editor for features.
Wendy can be contacted at wea [at] mainetoday.com or on Twitter @wea1021.