FAQ

Where are the naked people???

Sorry to disappoint.  Everyone is fully dressed here, except our products.  Read the story behind our name here.

Who are Spaghetti & Sauce?

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Spaghetti the bird realtor

Our boys.  Code names issued years back by a beloved coach.  Spaghetti is currently 14 is the resident woodworker, bird lover, and blacksmith wannabe.  He is our Chief Hive Box Builder.  Sauce is our 12 year old duck manager and fishing aficionado.  He is also Chief Hive Box Painter.  The pay for their positions stinks but they get snazzy titles.  They also run the tractor, mow grass, spread mulch, collect eggs, and play with the hens.  Both boys are arch enemies of Taco.

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Taco ignoring me

Who is Taco?

Our unruly, somewhat feral rooster.   He is 10lbs of pure hen defense.  He does not take kindly to unannounced visitors, people on swings, the fake owl, nor occasionally  his owners.  But he is proving to be an amazing flock guardian.  So for now he stays.  Unbeknownst to him, he has a protege in the brooder.  Patton, the new cockerel, is coming along just in case Taco gets a bit too big for his hackle.  I do like tacos.

What is the difference between local honey & supermarket honey?IMG_4125

A lot.  It’s the difference between an in-season farmer’s market juice-dripping strawberry and ta play food version in a preschool.  The dirty truth is that about 80% of mass market honey is not honey at all.  Often produced (?) in India or China and bottled in the US, earning it the label of a US product.  There is no regulation or oversight of chemicals used, or products added like corn syrup.

Certified local honey is produced by bees in our area.  They bring in seasonal pollen and nectar, to which they add special bee enzymes to make and preserve the honey.  While unproven, many people believe the local pollen helps with seasonal allergies.  What’s undebatable is superior taste.  It changes from year to year with what nature provides.  And the bees are very discerning shoppers.  Try local honey and the difference will be clear!

What type of honey do you sell?

Many honeys have a specific variety noted.  “Clover Honey”  “Sourwood Honey” “Manuka Honey” “Charcoal Honey”, ok not the last one.  The truth is that most beekeepers have NO IDEA what type of honey they are selling.  Us included.  But that’s ok & honest.

To accurately label honey with its varietal source, it must be lab tested to evaluate the pollen sources and contain at least 51% of the named variety.  There is only 1 lab in the country that does this testing.  It isn’t cheap, it takes a while, and the bees change nectar sources all the time.  That’s why at this time, we haven’t chosen to test ours.

The sad part is that some unsavory beekeepers label their honey with varieties that command a higher price.  NC is notorious for selling many times more “Sourwood Honey” than the state has trees to support.  Not much better than the rice syrup importers.  Disappointing.

So what is your honey?

When you don’t specifically know, it’s called “Wildflower Honey”.  It’s kind of generic but accurate.  It’s a mix of all kinds of spring blooming plants from our area.  The biggest nectar sources in our part of NC are Tulip Poplar trees, blackberry, and clover.  But there are a ton of other sources that may be included depending on the location, bees, and weather.  So, yes, we sell “Wildflower Honey”.

Buying local honey from a beekeeper ensures that you get real honey and the benefits of nectar from the plants around you.  But the taste varies even from one hive to the next.  So, buy local and try them all!

What’s the difference between your soap and store brands?

In a word, glycerin.  Homemade soap is a raucous chemistry party of oils/fats with some sodium hydroxide (lye). While lye is used in soap making, it isn’t in the final product when correctly made.   So while lye is known as a harsh chemical, it’s not in our soap.  It unleashes it’s fury on the fats turning them into salts that foam, cleanse, and moisturize.  Store bought bars are really detergents – ever notice that they are labeled as cleansing bars or beauty bars?  True soap has glycerin in it.  Big manufacturers distill the glycerin out and use it in higher value products – lotion, cosmetics, etc.   We leave it in for you to enjoy.  Your skin will notice!

When will you have more flavors, varieties?

The seasons and feedback from our customers drives production. So please send us your thoughts on what you would like to see added. We add varieties of jam and soap in keeping with the time of year. I don’t endeavor to keep everything year round.   So enjoy your favorites while they last.  And feel free to share your ideas or requests for future products.   Then check back soon!