Fall harvest, Thanksgiving, Halloween – so many things to be thankful for this season. In this issue, we are shining light on a few of Alberta’s well-known movers and shakers plus sending kudos to those who started new businesses during the pandemic. The celebrations in your homes may look different for many reasons
as some of us reflect on loved ones lost but will also be a time to create new memories, and relish in time spent with those we care about most.

In this issue our Shop Local column also features these amazing local products: Raven and Orca or Moon Platters and Bowls from Springbank Cheese Co., Fresh made Pasta and Sauce from Sunterra Market, Honey Vinegars from Alchemist Vinegars and All-Purpose Flour from Harvest Moon Mills.

Chinook Honey Company and Chinook Arch Meadery

Bees are an essential part of our ecosystem and the relationship they share with humans an important one. These fascinating little creatures are naturally resilient and popular among hobbyists including former pilots turned bee keepers, Art and Cherie Andrews. These two decided to leave the airline business to start Chinook Honey, a honey farm located outside of Calgary in the midst of a nectar-laden alfalfa field. The duo sets itself apart from the pack by offering educational programs, a learning centre with a live observation hive, retail store and, in recent years, Chinook Arch Meadery, offering award winning mead. All products like honey jams, honey-made candles, honeycomb, home-care products and apitherapy are available online or in the store. With so many products to try and love, we are obsessing over the Honey & Almonds, made with the farm’s natural alfalfa honey and superfood almonds combined in a glass jar. They are the best desk snack, eaten with a spoon to avoid drips, or adding to a charcuterie board. Another must try is the mead, a wine fermented with honey, dating back thousands of years and once consumed in a horn. The Bodacious Black Current mead we sampled is made with locally grown black currents featuring a light, fruity taste delicious with chocolate. The Chinook Honey team started running their education programs again mid-summer and hope to get back to full programming and events within the year. Check out the tried-and-tested recipes online, and watch for additional products to be added in the future. Purchase this non-pasteurized, non-filtered honey through the website or through Best of Calgary Foods.

Honey Almonds + Bodacious Black Current Mead | Chinook Honey Company and Chinook Arch Meadery | $9.50 – $22.75 | chinookhoney.com