Honey for the holidays

Posted: 10/24/14 12:43 PM

Holiday gift giving in all it’s glorious forms is sneaking up on us. Over here at Mellifera we are prepping to get honey into your hands and will be at many markets throughout November and December, we’d love to see your smiling face.

Nov 15 & 16th North Vancouver Holiday bazaar Carson Graham Secondary School
Nov 22  Re-Fresh Market, West Coast Railway heritage park
Nov 24-Nov 30th  Portage Pop Up Market, 434 Columbia St.
Nov 29 & 30th Portobello West, Creekside Community Center
Nov 29 & 30  North Vancouver Holiday bazaar Carson Graham Secondary School
Dec 4, 5, 6 & 7  Make it! PNE
Dec 6 Vancouver farmer’s market holiday sale, Croatian Cultural Centre
Dec 13 &14th Got craft? Martime Labour Centre

The Dieline features Mellifera Honey

Posted: 08/14/14 8:38 AM

Mellifera Bees Mellifera honey is front and center on The Dieline; the most visited website on package design in the world, capturing a readership spanning millions across hundreds of countries. Here’s what they have to say about us…

Designer Kiki Falconer created logo and packaging design for Mellifera Bees, a producer of handcrafted honey infusions.

Mellifera, which is Latin for “honey-bearing bee,” is harvested from ethically managed hives in neighborhoods across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. It’s founder, East Vancouver beekeeper Melissa Cartwright takes an artistic approach to her product, infusing it with spices and herbs to create concoctions like Cardamom Infused Honey, Vanilla Infused Honey and Lemon Infused Honey.

“As as urban honey brand, it was important that the product appear clean and elegant. This informed the choice in jars and long slim label. The logo was initially inspired by an x-ray of a bee’s wings. Geometric shapes were added to one side to add tension in the line qualities.”

The packaging communicates Mellifera’s distinct purity and artistry in an intriguingly alchemistic way. The clear, narrow jars and corresponding labels are simple, elegant and harmonious with the natural world–much like Mellifera’s product.

Rose-lynn Fisher up close photos of bees

Posted: 07/23/14 7:37 PM

Bees are pretty amazing creatures and I get to see them in what I consider close quarters quite often. The photos of Rose-lynn Fisher take ‘up-close’ to the next level. Check out some more of her photos here, and see what a bee’s eye at 190X magnification looks like, or pollen on an antenna at 1100X. Here is a photo of the much feared stinger at 650X.

Summer market dates

Posted: 06/23/14 9:30 PM

The summer is officially here, and Mellifera Bees will be out to greet you at markets across the city.

Thursday June 26,  2-6pm
Yaletown Farmer’s Market (every second Tuesday)

Thursday July 1st, 2-6pm
Yaletown Farmer’s market

Saturday July 12th, 10-2pm
Kerrisdale Village Farmers Market

Wednesday July 16th, 3-7pm
Oak street farmer’s market

Sunday July 20th, 10-2pm
Kitsilano farmer’s market

Thursday July 24, 2-6pm
Yaletown Farmer’s market

August 5, 6 &7th, 4-9pm
Harmony Arts festival “art of food”

Thursday August 7th, 2-6pm
Yaletown farmer’s market

Saturday August 9th, 10-2pm
Kerrisdale market

Sunday August 10, 10-2pm
Mount Pleasant Farmer’s market

Sunday August 17th, 10-2pm
Kitsilano Farmer’s market

Thursday August 21, 2-6pm
Yaletown Farmer’s market

Thursday Sept 4, 2-6pm
Yaletown Farmer’s market

Sunday Sept. 7, 10-2pm
Kitsilano Farmer’s market

Saturday Sept. 13, 10-2pm
Kerrisdale farmer’s market

Thursday Sept 18th, 10-2pm
Yaletown Farmer’s market

Sunday Sept. 21, 10-2pm
Kitsilano Farmer’s market

Thursday October 2, 2-6pm
Yaletown Farmer’s market

Sunday October 5th, 10-2pm
Mount pleasant farmer’s market


Handmade ceramic honey jars by Genevieve Dionne

Posted: 02/10/14 3:28 PM

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If you came by the Mellifera Booth at ‘Got-Craft‘ or ‘Make-it‘ over the holiday time you may have seen the gorgeous hand thrown ceramic honey jars on offer. The vessels made by Artist, Genevieve Dionne were snapped up quickly, but luckily she has agreed to continue creating some in limited numbers. The jars are made from porceliain, wheel thrown, and finished with the Mellifera Bees logo before the first firing. Each jar is filled with Cardamom honey then closed with a cork lid and sealed with beeswax.

Geneveive studied at NSCAD University in Halifax and continues her artisitc expression in Vancouver. Take a peak at her skillfull work at her website, or later this year at Old Faithful in Gastown. Thank you Genevieve for your beautiful work!

Contact us if you are interested in obtaining one for yourself.


Winter market dates

Posted: 11/12/13 10:27 AM

It’s feeling crisp outside, the leaves are falling, the bees are staying inside and eating honey. For Mellifera Bees it means time to see you out at the local markets, here is where you’ll find Mellifera honey:

Thursday  Nov 14th- Yaletown farmers market, Mainland St, at Davie
Sunday Nov 17-Artisan market at Conrnucopia, at the Whistler conference center
Thursday Nov 21- Yaletown farmers market
Nov 28- Dec 1st- Make-it at the PNE
Dec 7 & 8- Portobello West at the Creek side community center
Dec 14th- Vancouver Farmer’s holiday market at the Croatian Cultural Centre
Dec 14- 15 Got Craft at the Maritime Labour Centre


What’s in bloom- Nasturtiums

Posted: 08/8/13 2:42 PM

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Nasturtiums are still in bloom and they are current bestie plant. Why? Because of its’ edible flowers, leaves and seeds. Currently on offer at my house is nasturtium butter, nasturtiums infused olive oil, nasturtium seed capers and I’m drying some flowers to sprinkle on salads come winter. If I get around to it I’m going to try to make this pesto as well, Thanks Martha.