Publisher's Letter: Merry and bright
My love of honey has grown in the past few years. I have been trying to cut sugar from my diet for some time, but I still use honey on everything.
Not too long ago, I met a group of people at deLITEful Kitchen in Stuart. Owner Jessica Addams introduced me to Jennifer Holmes of Hani Honey Company and some others from the Slow Food organization here on the Treasure Coast. I sat and talked with them about the work they are doing, but was particularly fascinated by the honey bees locally and around the world. I have several friends who have beehives as well, and this encouraged me to execute an article on the honey bee situation and educate our readers on some of the essential people in the industry.
I hope you will take some of their recommendations on planting more flowers and calling the right people if you find an unwanted hive, so it can get appropriately assigned to a new location. Read about it on page 40 to gain a better understanding of how severe the bee issue is.
And, of course, the holidays are here! I love this festive season, and as usual, we put together a holiday gift-buying section. This year, we stepped it up a bit and included luxurious items that might interest some of you. Otherwise, it is a great excuse to check out some new stores. Be sure to also flip through our “Downtown Stuart” section—included in every issue—for more ideas of where you can go to pack in a full day of holiday shopping.
As for me, I will be baking lots of treats, buying some holiday flowers for the yard to help support the bee colonies in the area, finding time to rejoice in the good in my life—and also finding ways to share what’s meaningful with others.
This season, invite a friend that has no family to join yours for a holiday. Give some effort into committing random acts of kindness. Surprise yourself with how much better it feels to give than to receive. Then, strive to take this into your daily life—well beyond this most beautiful time of year.
Many blessings to all of you and your families and a Happy New Year.