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Okay, there might be a tiny bee’s foot in this honey. But it’s pure, it’s raw and each bottle has its own story to tell, if not a unique flavor.

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Okay, there might be a tiny bee’s foot in this honey. But it’s pure, it’s raw and each bottle has its own story to tell, if not a unique flavor.

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It’s the sweetness of honey harvested, bottled and sold by Gillian Leitch and Verlin James, partners in life and their business, AlterEden.

They will be among the 20 or so artisans and craftspeople at a pop-up street sale on Saturday July 10 on Elworthy Avenue in Old South London, just off Base Line Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Most beekeepers mix honey from their hives, but we don’t,” said Leitch, who has been harvesting honey for about a decade. “We keep the honey separate, the honey from a single beehive, so you are tasting a honey that is unique to that hive. “

Unique is a word that can also be used in the pop-up sale, hosted by Lisa Wright and her colleagues who work with her at the Grand Theater, as well as a few of their friends who spend their free time away from the theater continuing to feed their creativity through arts and crafts.

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The sale will include items such as high-end women’s clothing designed by Wright, children’s clothing from recycled adult clothing, fur pillows, tie-dye shirts, corsets, fabric dolls, comics, aprons, handmade soaps, bath bombs, doll clothes, knitting bags, jewelry, leather and fabric handbags, hand-dyed yarn, pottery, paintings and prints.

“I think what everyone is selling is just amazing,” Wright said. “I think we’re all at the top of our games. It’s a pretty high-end show (arts and crafts), unique creations that you can’t buy in a store.

This is the second sale on Elworthy, the first about a month before Christmas that drew hundreds of people but also brought a dose of relief after being fired and isolated due to the pandemic.

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“Doing arts and crafts is something for us to do,” Wright said. “We are all very creative people and we have to create. It revives our brain in a creative way. Besides, we can meet again. Those of us in the theater are like one big family and we miss each other totally. “

Leitch is not part of the Grand family, but works full time with James who operates AlterEden, which offers a variety of services to the public including advice, beehive tours, tastings and the products they make.

Making honey is only part of AlterEden, but it is one of the most interesting services.

AlterEden honey is not filtered, heated or mixed. The extractors are cleaned after each honey harvest so that there is no contamination of the honey from other hives.

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“There are no additives. So the honey will be different colors from different hives, or even similar in appearance but will taste very different, ”said Leitch.

Bottled honey from different hives and seasons will vary in color from very light to dark.

Their beehives are located throughout southwestern Ontario, all near good sources of water. As a result, the honey – poured into traditional jars and sealed with wax – has unusual names, such as Single Hive Honey, Black Creek Summer, or Single Hive Honey Shaw’s Creek Goldenrod, reflecting the nearest stream, the time of year and, in some cases, the dominant plant from which the nectar and pollen were collected.

They also make beeswax candles from molds that they themselves made in the shape of apples, pomegranates and squash, as well as medicinal balms. They sell a variety of seeds and toques with the image of a bee sewn into the front.

The pop-up sale was supposed to take place last month but was canceled due to a threatening thunderstorm. Wright said the sale would take place “rain or shine.”

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* Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect date of the pop-up sale. The pop-up street sale takes place on July 10.

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