May Makers Month , Smirlholm Farms – From milk to honey


This week is our final May Makers Week (Yes we know it is now June) And we would like to introduce you to Glenn Smirle and his family. The delicious Honey produced at their farm is fast becoming a local favourite! This is their story.

Agriculture has always been my passion. In 1991, I took over the operation of my grandparents’ small dairy, and continued it for 25 years. Changes to the dairy industry made a small operation unsustainable, so it was time for me to diversify.

My fascination with honeybees was the reason I took an apiary management course when I attended the University of Guelph, from 1986 to 1989. When I left cows and milk, bees and honey seemed like a natural transition.

Bees make honey amazing, and we keep it that way! By maintaining a small, non-commercialized, sustainable apiary, we can personally oversee all our hives and their care. Our bees forage on alfalfa, sweet clover, sunflowers, and several species of wildflowers native to Dundas county. This allows them to produce a high-quality honey with exceptional taste and aroma unique to this region.

We extract direct from the hive, without high temperature or pressurized filtering systems to ensure the maximum amount of pollen, and all of honey’s healthful properties remain untouched.

“No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”-
Albert Einstein

We would like to thank all our makers for participating in May Makers Month. It has been a joy to discover some of the wonderful talent and products we have right here in North Dundas!


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