Be-Aware Festival Guests
Stephen Humphrey: Meet the Pollinators
Pollination is one of nature's key relationships and it happens right under our urban noses. In fact, pollinators like bees, butterflies and birds, are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat. It's time to meet them in person. Learn to spot native bees, butterflies and several other tiny but essential creatures with pollination writer, photography and enthusiast Stephen Humphrey.
Time: 4:30 and 7:00
Suggested Donation: $10.00 (kids free)
U of T B.E.E.S is a group of students and community members committed to educating us about natural beekeeping, pollinators, and the production of local honey. We provide a rare space within the City of Toronto where anyone can participate and learn the skills of natural beekeeping within the urban context.
Urban Toronto Beekeepers - you can be a beekeeper too! With the knowledgable guidance of this bee savvy group (with meetings held nice and close to home). Stop by to say hi - and see live bees at work in an observation hive.
Bee-Friendly Food Features at the Market
-Food that is organic. Pesticides and other chemicals have a huge impact on the bee population.
-Food that features local honey that is made from apiaries on bee-friendly farms. These farms are organic and consciously plant pollinators for the bees.
-Food that features vegetables, fruit and herbs that are also delicious for the bees! Herbs such as lavender, borage, lemon balm, thyme, mint, strawberries, zucchini, squash, blueberries, cherries, tomato, cucumbers and more.
Abokichi will be featuring Japanese Mochi with lavender and honey this week.
Vendors this Week
Ask a Nutritionist
The Health Benefit of Honey by Alanna J. Brown
One of my favourite uses for honey is to treat a common cold. I like to mince ½ a white onion and combine it with ½ cup of honey in a mason jar. Store this in your fridge and allow the onion’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties to soak into the honey overnight. Eat some right off the spoon, or dissolve it into a cup of warm water for relief of common cold symptoms. In order to ensure you’re getting the best quality honey, look for the words “unpasteurized” and “raw”, but the absolute purest form is local. Enjoy it stirred into yogurt, warm coffee or tea, or spread it over your favourite sprouted bread for a delicious and nutritious treat.
Alanna Jean Brown, CNP, B.MUS – www.alannajeannutrition.com @LannaGreens Facebook.com/AlannaJeanNutrition instagram.com/LannaGreens
Taste-Buddies Kids Cooking Station
We just love Alanna and Mike's magical acoustic melodies! This uber-talented duo are huge market supporters, dedicated nature stewards, and Alanna is a certified nutritionist...it's a match made in heaven!