Honey Workshop and Tasting at The Farm on Adderley!
As you have probably noticed, I've been very interested in bees recently. From aero-bees and Slovenian beehives to the recipe for honey taffy, I continued my bee obsession last night by attending the Honey Workshop and Tasting at The Farm on Adderley.
I had never been to The Farm on Adderley, but it was truly love at first sight. As a farm-to-table restaurant in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, I walked in and was instantly immersed in their comforting, rustic vibe. I arrived a little early and was able to learn not only about their sustainable, seasonal menu, but also about their social work! The restaurant hosts a Sweet Givings program each month, where they donate all of the proceeds from one of their desserts to a cause — this month (fittingly) benefits the Honey Bee Conservancy and their Sponsor-A-Hive program!
Once I had finished fan-girling over the restaurant, the 30-ish guests all sat down at a long table fitted with mismatching wooden chairs and soothing candles. The table took up the majority of the restaurant and reminded me of being at a dinner party with 30 strangers, all connected through our interest in beekeeping!
Before the event officially started, the speaker Carin Zinter came and introduced herself to all of the guests. Carin is a beekeeping aficionado and tends to TWO groups of hives at Brooklyn Grange and at her very own C&C Orchards and Honey Bee Sanctuary in Sunderland, Massachusetts. Her passion for beekeeping was infectious as she taught us all about beekeeping and different types of honey. While we sampled wildflower honey from both locations, we immediately noticed the stark differences between the flavors. Carin explained that local pollen and nectar influence the flavor of the honey, similar to how two samples of dark chocolates can have drastically different flavors based off of the origin of their ingredients. Because of that, the Brooklyn Grange honey tasted like the linden trees and mint that flourish there, while the C&C honey included flavors from the maple trees and golden rod that grow in Massachusetts.
Over the course of the night, I delighted in the food and honey pairings that were designed to highlight Carin's amazing honey. My personal favorite was the dessert, where they served their featured Sweet Givings dessert: heavenly lavender honey shortbread cookies with two honey samples for dipping.
If you have the chance, I highly recommend visiting The Farm on Adderley for fantastic food and visiting the Brooklyn Grange to see Carin's bees — a field trip that is definitely next on my list :)