Chinook Honey Company


Since last writing we’ve had great honey making weather and though the crops are still late we are planning to take our first honey harvest on schedule and just in time for our Harvest Festival! This year our Flavours of the Foothills group has new members and our self guided driving tour will be held over 2 days, Saturday August 22 and Sunday August 23.

Pierre the Bear helping Cherie Andrews with Open Hive DemonstrationAt Chinook Honey  ‘Pierre the Bear’ will be back and many of our activities have been expanded and improved. The Open Hive demonstration will have a larger viewing area and the Honey Spinning will be more hands on. We are partnering with Highwood Valley Ranch who raise grass fed beef and they will be on site doing cooking demonstrations, roping fun and also selling some of their great products.

Passports for all the sites can be obtained online or at any Flavours of the Foothills locations in advance or at the gate and for more information check the website

NEW!! Photo Contest
Bring your camera to the Festival and win!
At this years Harvest Festival at Chinook Honey enter your Harvest Festival photos and the owner of the best photo will win a $75 gift certificate for any item at Chinook Honey Company. For entry information see the schedule handout that you will receive when you arrive

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Mead Matters

The latest batch of Melissa’s Gold is presently in the secondary fermenter. We will be using a portion of it to make Bodacious Black Currant, just in time for the black currant harvest at Kayben Farms. We are still just barely keeping ahead of demand and Art is looking forward to fall and winter when he plans to live in the fermenting room.


Product of the Month

Honey Pickled Beets
Honey Pickled BeetsThe label appropriately reads “Uncle Art’s Garden” and these special beets are the result of Art’s hard work in the garden AND in the kitchen. If you are doing any jams, jellies or pickles this season definitely consider using honey instead of sugar. Honey gives fruits and vegetables a richer, fuller taste and is a healthier choice than refined sugar. There are a number of books specializing in preserving with honey but a general rule in substituting it for sugar is to use only half as much honey as you would sugar.
Art’s Honey Pickled Beets are available for $7.95 for 500 ml.


August 22 & 23
Flavours of the Foothills 4th Annual Harvest Festival
Now with more partners and held over
two days, a great way to spend time
in the country.
Not to mention a fantastic Grand prize supplied by Canadian Rocky Mountain Ranch Resorts.

Sunday August 30
Forage Farm Table Dinner @ Chinook Honey Company
Chef Wade Sirous of Forage Foods
& Infuse Catering will be preparing and serving a 4+ course dinner right on site, highlighting mead from every angle.
For information and tickets, check

Sunday September 13
Slow Food Calgary 8th Annual ‘Feast of Fields’ at Rouge Restaurant, 1240 – 8 Ave SE, Calgary
Chinook Honey Company and Chinook Arch Meadery will be taking part with both our honey and our mead. A great celebration of the bountiful food that surrounds us prepared masterfully by some of Calgary’s best chefs.


Recipe from our Kitchen

Our pork industry needs our support so we want to share one of our favourite recipes which we have adapted from ‘High Plains – The Joy of Alberta Cuisine” by Cinda Chavich.

Click here to view a printer-friendly version of the full recipe.

Research in the news

Honey may be better than antibiotics.
August 9, 7:22 PM
Orlando Beekeeping Examiner - Jean Vasicek
healed fingerHoney has been used to heal wounds since
ancient times. When bees make honey they mix in glucose-oxidase, an enzyme that mixes with the
sugars in honey to create small amounts of
hydrogen peroxide.  In large doses, hydrogen
peroxide can damage tissue, but the small doses continuously created in honey  induce rapid
healing. …….


Cherie’s Web Picks….cool bee articles

1. Colony Collapse Disorder: A Descriptive Study

2. Beehive extract: Coming to the Tour de France?

3. Honeybees sterilise their hives

4. Rarely fatal, the medicinal benefits of bee stings may out way the pain

5. Honey bees learn new languages


Teasing Trivia

Q: How much honey does the worker bee make in her lifetime?
A: 0.8g (1/10 teaspooon)

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