The week of Thanksgiving, my family was in town and we decided to opt for brunch at Fat Dog–the brilliant, always no-waiting-for-a-table establishment–and then a walk around the neighborhood. Aside from touring Tailwaggers, they had to–H A D T O–go to Lindy & Grundy, the best butcher shop in town. Although we had no need for any meats, we told them the story behind the store and perused their cheeses and other non-meat products. One item caught our eyes that were branded with various neighborhoods: Kirk’s Local Honey, an LA based honey company that sells honey that they harvest in local neighborhoods (all of which are boasted to have different tastes based on neighborhoods).
The honey–which sells for $10 a pop and can be purchased here–is straight from the beehive to your mouths. They are not heated and nothing is added to them and are from hives that “have not had anything at all inserted” into them. They are chemical free and without anything artificial. Kirk–who is referred to as “Kirkobeeo”–dabbled in beekeeping in the 1970s and, in 1999, got back into bee-ing again. Without proper land in LA, he used community gardens and quickly realized how difficult the process was–but he didn’t want to add in chemicals and “products” to the process. Through sponsorship and fandom, he formed the Backyard Beekeepers, a collective of similar minded people who use their backyards to harvest honey.
Kirk’s story on his bees is fantastic and we are absolutely behind it. But, how does it taste? Now, we only grabbed one honey–the Altadena neighborhood honey–and we loved it: it was sweet, in a light cotton candy way, nearly touching on minty flavors. The only complaint is the packaging, which requires you to spoon the honey out (and can be quite the mess). Below, you’ll see a video the Backyard Beekeepers made that showcase Kirk making honey (which is a surprisingly easy process). Check it out and be sure to grab some of the honey.