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Canaan Honey December News Brief

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Shop days for December
Tues 19
Wed 20
Thurs 21
Shop days for January
Tues 23
Wed 24
Thurs 25
Bring your own containers for us to fill, or purchase off the shelf.

Dear <<First Name>>,
As the year draws to a close, we want to thank you for your loyalty so necessary for the success of our business. 

Our shop days are a highlight of each month for us. We so enjoy having meaningful chats with our regulars, many who have been coming for years, with the same honeypot! 

If you need urgent supplies, for yourselves or visitors, outside of our normal shop days, we are happy to help if possible!
Please phone first: (06) 345 5350

Check out our news items below:

John’s Beekeeping Diary for December – Still waiting for the sound of rain

Wanganui Weather - sunny!
How sweet the sound
of rain upon the roof when it finally comes. It has been a long wait for significant rain. Meanwhile, the pastures (and crops) are drying out particularly along our coastal lowlands. This is much earlier than usual and this could have a serious impact on our honey crop.

Fortunately, it is not this bad everywhere. Today I went to ‘super-up’ our inland hives along the Wanganui River Road and my hopes were raised as I saw a much greener tinge to the countryside.

How sweet the sound of contented bees spread across every frame when I carefully prised open the lid of each hive. The frames were full to the brim. It was great fun putting on another box to be filled. We call this ‘supering up’. This is standard procedure during December and January, and we visit each apiary on a ten-day cycle. In favourable conditions, bees can fill a box with honey in ten days. However, if we don’t get rain soon everything will change. It is not too late for pastures and crops to recover.

The climatic factor is one of the risks we take when beekeeping.

John Brandon

Janice’s Chat - From Our Home to Yours

Beeswax Wraps – A reusable alternative to plastic cling film (Gladwrap)

Like to make your own Beeswax wraps?

  • I have a small selection of organic cotton material available plus beeswax blocks, pellets, and grated beeswax, almond oil, raw propolis, and instruction sheets
  • Ready-made beeswax wraps also available

Over the last month or two, we have had a number of customers coming in to buy beeswax pellets to make up their own beeswax wraps. I have become fascinated by the concept and have had fun (mostly) trying out various methods – looking for the easiest and less messy option! As always, there’s much information on the internet, which can be confusing, as well as very helpful at times.

I’m certainly enjoying using these wraps at home and they are a great alternative to using Gladwrap.

  • Easy-to-make, environmentally friendly.
  • Bees Wax food wraps are made by infusing a mix of beeswax and almond oil or coconut oil and propolis into cotton fabric.
  • Perfect for wrapping snacks, fruit, veggies, cheese, bread etc.
  • To use, just place over a bowl or container, or wrap around food like cheese or school lunches, or fold into a snack bag. The warmth from your hands will meld the wrap into the desired shape.
  • Items that contain a lot of moisture should not be placed in snack bags.
  • Wraps can be washed in cool, soapy water (if necessary) and reused. As they can’t be washed in hot water, don’t use them to cover raw meat.
  • Depending on how frequently they’re used, they can last for up to a year. After that, all you need to do is re-wax them in order to keep using them.
  • Wraps are water-repellent and have natural antibacterial properties. When applied to cotton, it renders the cotton “unbreathable” which helps maintain the proper moisture content when storing food.

When choosing your fabric, use 100% cotton (organic is preferable). The ideal thickness is a sheeting cotton (think your bed sheets or pillowcase). You can reuse old sheets or pillowcases, or you can choose beautiful fabrics for fun.

~ Janice Brandon

Honey Price List



  250g 500g    1kg    2kg 2.8kg 5.6kg
Clover $4.80 $8.50 $16 $31 $42.00 $80.50
Wildflower $5.00 $9.00 $17 $33 $44.50 $86.50
Wanganui City Gardens (liquid) $5.00 $9.00 $17 $33
Blue Borage (liquid) $6.30   $11.50 $22 $43
Native Bush $5.50 $10.00 $19 $37
Comb Honey    Not available until next season

Bring Your Own Container prices, per kg

Clover   $14  liquid or granulated
Wildflower   $15  granulated only
Wanganui City Gardens   $15  liquid only
Native Bush   $17  granulated only
Blue Borage   $20  liquid only

Manuka Honey

We have three different grades of Manuka honey based on their MGO laboratory test: Low, Medium and High.
  250g 500g    1kg   BYO Container
Low MGO: 183mg/kg $14  $26.50 $52    $50/kg
Medium MGO: 274mg/kg $25 $46.50 $92    pre-packed only
High MGO: 520mg/kg $36 $71.50 $142    pre-packed only

Help! What happens if I run out of honey before next shop days?

Just before you make your morning toast, give us a call on (06)345 5350 to arrange a pick-up of an extra pot or two from our shelf.

Sorry, in between shop days we are unable to fill your own containers.
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