You may have heard about the birds and the bees. Well, we don’t know much about birds, but we certainly know someone who knows one or two things about bees. The Garibaldi family of Apicarnia has for some 300 years been in the business of apiculture, or beekeeping to you and me.
To say ‘business’, however, is a bit of an understatement, and all of their work is driven by their philosophy of respect for the environment and all its living creatures, and zero waste. This they apply throughout their supply chain.
Their energy needs are satisfied entirely though their own renewable energy sources, such as a wind and hydro-electric power, biomass, and photovoltaic panels. They are certified organic, and alongside beekeeping they also run a ‘fattoria sociale’ (community farm) located within century-old forest around the very alpine and beautiful locality of Cercivento, where they grow vegetables, fruit and maintain the local woods.
Such activities allow Apicarnia to thrive for self-sufficiency, however for anything that they don’t grow, breed or make themselves, their purchasing policy is ‘seasonal and regional’. The farm has a very strong community commitment, welcoming anyone who may wish to spend some time there, whether for therapeutic or rehabilitation purposes, or simply an interest in its activities and values.
But what about the honey? Apicarnia’s one thousand’s beehives are scattered around Friuli Venezia Giulia’s territory, in order to make the most of the diverse microclimates it offers. Indeed Apicarnia’s beehives are located at high, medium and low altitude terrains (including localities such as Fusine, Passo di Monte Croce Carnico, the hills around Gorizia and Udine), with their unique botanic varieties, each giving the honey very specific flavours and properties. And because Apicarnia have located their hives in areas free from industrial agriculture and pollution, they can ensure that the final product is as healthy as can be.
We are therefore delighted to be offering Apicarnia honey in Salumeria, not just because of the company’s work ethic, but also because they are quite simply delicious!
In store you can currently find the following honey varieties: Acacia, Mille Fiori (a thousand flowers), Lime, Honeydew, Chestnut, as well as Acacia Honey with Almonds, with Walnuts or with Hazelnut. We also have some very soothing lemon and honey drops.
So come and discover for yourselves what all the fuss is about!
PSSSTT! Apicarnia don’t just make honey, but a whole assortment of honey derived products such as sweets, face, body and hair products, soaps and of course candles. Check out their homepage for more information.