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  • 3rd Annual Honey Competition & Recipe Contest

     

    Celebrate National Honeybee Day

    In honor of our favorite pollinator, The Valley Hive will once again host its annual Honey Competition & Recipe Contest to celebrate National Honeybee Day on Sunday, August 12th from 4-7pm! Everyone is invited to attend and sample backyard honey from beekeepers all over Los Angeles and taste dishes made with honey.

    Entertainment

    Come hungry and ready to party! Food and alcohol - made with our signature honey varieties- will be available for purchase.  Check out some local vendors and participate in crafts and activities for kids and adults alike. Check this page for more details to come.

    Backyard Beekeepers

    Show off your backyard honey by entering our honey competition and you may win the Grand Prize (which will be announced soon) and the esteem of Southern California beekeepers. Bring two  8oz jars of honey (an unlabeled jar and a labeled jar) to The Valley Hive by August 11th. The winner will be announced by the end of the day on August 12th. If you have questions about your submission, send us an email at info@thevalleyhive.com. 

    Cooking with Honey

    The Honey Chiffon Cake pictured above took home the grand prize in last year's recipe contest. The honey crumble topping was the winning touch that set this "sweet" dessert apart from all others. If you have a favorite honey recipe that you'd like to share, bring it to our event by 3:30pm on Sunday, August 12th.

    How to Enter

    To enter the honey competition/recipe contest, send an email to info@thevalleyhive.com and we will send you an entry form. Participating in the contest is simple, and anyone can enter. If you would like to enter your backyard honey, bring two 8oz jars -- one labeled, one unlabeled -- to our shop before August 12th. No honey to share, but you'd like to be involved?  Cook or bake a honey dish and bring it to us by 11am on the day of the event. Before the event, our esteemed panel of judges will taste the entries and choose the winners.  Each labeled jar of honey will be raffled off and the proceeds will be donated to bee charity chosen by The Valley Hive.

    Download Entry Form

    An RSVP is not required, but helps us better plan for the event. To RSVP go to our Facebook Event Page.

  • The Valley Hive Farmers Markets

    Everyone loves our honey!

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    You can now purchase our raw, local honey at Farmers Markets and other retail locations in the greater Los Angeles area.

    FARMERS MARKET LOCATIONS

    Calabasas Farmers Market Calabasas Farmers Market

    SUNDAY - Westlake Village, 10-2pm 2797 Agoura Rd.

    SUNDAY - Melrose, 10-2pm  8400 Melrose Avenue, W. Hollywood

    WEDNESDAY – Hermosa Beach Pier, 1-6pm, 1-11 Pier Avenue

    THURSDAY – Century City, 10-2pm, 10100 Santa Monica Blvd.

    THURSDAYL.A., 10-2pm, Fig at 7th, , 735 S Figueroa St.

    SATURDAY – Calabasas, 8-1pm, 23504 Calabasas Rd

    SATURDAY - Marina Del Rey, Kaiser, 9-2pm, corner of Panay Way and Villa Marina

     

    Please note: Farmers Market locations are subject to change. Before attending a market, confirm the location by calling The Valley Hive at 818-280-6500

    RETAIL LOCATIONS

    You can also buy our raw, local honey at the following retail locations:IMG_6603

    New Flooky's Restaurant, Canoga Parkhttp://thenewflookyscanogapark.com/

    Fields Market, West Hills: http://www.fieldsmarket.com/

    Humble Bee Cafe, Northridge: http://www.fieldsmarket.com/

    Milk Farm, L.A.: http://milkfarmla.com/

    We Olive, Pasadena: http://weolive.com/pasadena/

    Bristol Farms, Calabasas:  

    http://www.bristolfarms.com/locations/mulholland2/

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Joy of Cooking with Honey (from The Valley Hive)

    By Madison Newman

    Sweet, Wonderful Honey!

    With the holidays  fast approaching, it is never too early to begin preparing. We can all agree that the holidays and food go hand in hand. So when formulating your holiday meal plan, why not try to incorporate some honey?

    Honey & Holidays A Perfect Pair

    Yep, that’s right, wonderfully delicious honey pairs fantastically with a number of dishes.  Not only will the adding of honey into your cooking kick your food’s flavor into twelfth gear, but it will also endow your food with the health benefits that honey has to offer. Raw local honey can be used  to help alleviate allergies, serves as an energy booster due to the natural sugars present within honey, leads to healthy blood sugar management, lines the throat to reduce sore throat and cough, and the list goes on. You can probably understand why raw honey is often promoted as being a better substitute for sugar. Next time a dish calls for sugar, you can substitute raw honey in its place. However, your utilization of raw honey is not limited as merely a substitution for sugar; raw honey can be incorporated into recipes of all sorts. Be sure to come on over to The Valley Hive to pick up some of the different types of honey we carry to try out in your holiday recipes.

    Honey Glazed Turkey photo from All Recipes

    Thanksgiving

    Although this article is a little late for Thanksgiving this year, here are some ideas to keep in mind for next year. Thanksgiving is absolutely a food centered holiday. If you want to create a bountiful feast for family, and friends to enjoy whilst spreading thanks, try some of these honey enriched dishes. Turkey is crucial for a Thanksgiving dinner, but it can be easy to serve one that is bland and boring. However, with the help of this English Honey-Roasted Turkey recipe your turkey is sure to wow everyone at the table. Our light Sage Honey is a good choice for this recipe. It will add flavor, but will not make your turkey too sweet.

    Pomegranate Cider Bourbon photo from The National Honey Board
    Honey Apple Cider photo from Natasha's Kitchen

    Honey Beverages Are A Treat

    Now that the main dish is out of the way, you’ll need some drinks to wash down the food, and drown out family members (kidding!). Cider is a staple during the Fall months, therefore this recipe for Pomegranate Cider Bourbon Splash is just the trick for enhancing the Fall atmosphere. You, and your guests can console yourselves with the fact that at least your alcoholic beverage is a tad healthier with that dosage of honey added. Our strong and bold Buckwheat Honey should blend well with the other potent ingredients in this drink. For those of you who are seeking a non alcoholic beverage, either willingly, or by California state law, then this Honey Apple Cider  is a delicious honey drink for such an occasion.  You can use this cider in the Pomegranate Cider Bourbon Splash as well. Here our mellow and mild Sage Honey will not overpower the spices used in the cider, and will assimilate nicely into the drink.

    Cranberry Honey Pecan Pie
    photo from Food Network Kitchen

    Best for Last -- Dessert

    Finally, in case everyone is not yet in a food coma, this decadent dessert will get you all there. Instead of cranberry from a can, bake this honey flavored Cranberry Pecan Pie. We recommend our Orange Blossom Honey, a light honey with a citrus after taste that will couple nicely with the cranberry and pecan.

    Serve these honey dishes to your guests and you can be sure they will be thankful this Thanksgiving!

    Hanukkah & Honey

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    Rosh Hashana is not the only Jewish holiday that calls for honey. There are several dishes you can make for Hanukkah that utilize honey. For starters this Sweet Glazed Salmon recipe contains just a bit of honey to provide the salmon with an extra level of flavor. A touch of our Creamy Lemon Honey with the lemon juice will enhance the lemon flavor that fits so well with salmon.

    Honey Applesauce Recipe photo by Best Friends for Frosting

     

    If you are thinking about making some latkes this Hanukkah, then try this Homemade Honey Applesauce recipe to brighten them up. Cinnamon and apples are an unbeatable combination and adding our Creamy Cinnamon Honey into the mix will definitely kick this dish up a notch!

     

     

     

     

    Honey Donuts...Yum!

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    Another Hanukah favorite, made with honey and cinnamon are Sufganiyots, little fried donuts that are sometimes filled with jelly, topped with powdered sugar and cinnamon, or tossed in a honey or citrus syrup. Try making these with either our Creamy Cinnamon Honey or our sweet and rich Wildflower Honey.  Either option will make your sufganiyots pop with flavor! With honey recipes like this you will wish that Hanukkah was longer than eight days!

     

    Christmas

    Similar to Thanksgiving, Christmas is a time of year that unites people. Even though Christmas focuses upon gift giving, the bringing together of so many people makes food an inevitable staple of this holiday.

    Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham photo from the National Honey Board

    Honey & Ham is a Natural

    Turkey is the star of Thanksgiving, but ham steals the show come Christmas. If you want to present your guests with a beautifully succulent ham, then it is essential to glaze your ham. Glazes can contain pineapple, mustard, apricot, cherry, apple butter, maple, and all sorts of things you would never imagine paired with ham. Of course, honey makes for a fantastic glaze! This Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham is a surefire way to create a balance between sweet and savory this Christmas. An interesting honey to use for this glaze is our Citrus Avocado Honey. This honey is a smooth natural blend between the more intense Avocado honey, and the delicate Orange Blossom honey. A nice side is always important to pair with the main dish, but mundane mashed potatoes are not necessary with this exciting Roasted Root Vegetables with Honey and Herb Glaze. Some of our customers and employees have reported using our Avocado Honey, which has a molasses quality, for roasting vegetables. Now you can use it in this merry side dish.

    Honey Caramel Coffee photo from the Honey Board

    Christmas would not be complete without some tasty, toasty beverages. Why wait in an upsettingly long line while the person in front of you cannot decide between a tall or a grande? Instead create your own holiday beverage accompanied with honey such as this Honey Caramel Coffee . For a second, let’s just forget that we are located in Los Angeles and pretend we are in a winter wonderland where a hot beverage is always welcome. We recommend using our Wildflower Honey, or Creamy Cinnamon Honey to create this festive winter beverage!

     

    Cookies for Santa

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    Expecting Santa to climb down your chimney this Christmas? Then you better get to baking some cookies! Even if you do not put out cookies for the man in red, then baking cookies makes for a fun and delicious activity with those you cherish. Cut down on the white sugar, and add a little sweetness with honey with this Honey Gingerbread Men Cookies recipe that makes for a satisfying treat in between meals or as a nice compliment to some cocoa! Once again Creamy Cinnamon Honey comes to mind and can enhance the spice of these gingerbread cookies, or try Avocado Honey which will round out the flavor and add to the richness of your cookies.

    Visit Us

    If your mouth is watering, and your mind racing over the possibilities of honey in your holiday dishes please stop by our store today to sample all of our honey varieties.  Our honeys are distinct in flavor, so make sure to try them all to see what may fit best in your recipes. The honeys listed above are only recommendations. You can try any honey you prefer in these spectacular dishes. Don't delay! Hop in your sleigh and ride on down to The Valley Hive before the holiday season is over!

    Note: Please enter through our front entrance, and not the chimney.

    Thank you,

    The Valley Hive Elves

     

  • Grand Opening a Sweet Success

    We were so happy to see so many of our customers, neighbors, family and friends at our Grand Opening Celebration on August 27th!  Chatsworth has welcomed us with open arms and we are so happy to be at our new home at 10538 Topanga Blvd. We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers and employees who all worked so hard to make the day a perfect success!!

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    Kids and parents alike met under our gazebo and participated in creating bee crafts creatively  hosted by the My Creative Outlet . Eating snow cones and listening to Bethany (pictured below) read her book Give Bees A Chance, was the perfect diversion from the sweltering heat of the day.

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    Judging from the ever-present crowd,  people seemed interested to learn more about the ancient craft of mead making.  Look for upcoming mead making workshops with Roger at The Valley Hive in the near future.mead tasting 8-17

     

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    Doug, LACBA member, and owner of Outback Catering, served burgers to hundreds of hungry guests! His food was scrumptious by the way!

     

     

    More than twenty beekeepers entered our 2nd Annual Honey Contest to commemorate National Honeybee Day.  All proceeds from the event will be used to help save the buzz and educate people about the importance of honeybees. Below, 1st place winner Willem Rietveld shows off his awards! Also pictured, the winning honey chiffon cake, baked by Laura Finkelstein. The honeycomb crumble on top gave it that extra pop! Can't wait to see what you all come up with for next year!!
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  • Grand Opening & Honey and Recipe Contest

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    Grand Opening Celebration

    Join us on Sunday, August 27th to celebrate the grand opening of our new location at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Chatsworth. In honor of National Honeybee Day,  we will also be hosting  our Annual Honey & Recipe Contest.

    ANNUAL HONEY AND RECIPE CONTEST

    Participating in the contest is simple, and anyone can enter. If you would like to enter your backyard honey, bring two 8oz jars -- one labeled, one unlabeled -- to our shop before August 27th. No honey to share, but you'd like to be involved?  Cook or bake a honey dish and bring it to us by 11am on the day of the event. We have invited some special guests to judge the event. After the winners are chosen, the honey and dishes will be available to taste. The extra honey will be raffled off and the proceeds will go to a bee charity chosen by The Valley Hive.

    FUN FUN FUN

    We have a full day of activities planned including food and entertainment, bee friendly crafts for kids and various bee related demonstrations. If you haven't been to the hive yet, mark your calendar. This is a day you will not want to miss.

    WHERE AND WHEN AGAIN?

    So be sure to spread the buzz and we'll see you at The Valley Hive  at 10538 Topanga Cyn Blvd in Chatsworth on Sunday, August 27th between 11 and 4pm.   

    LET US KNOW YOU ARE COMING

    An RSVP from you will help us with planning the event. You can RSVP on our  Facebook page  or send us an email at info@thevalleyhive.com. You can also call us at 818-280-6500. We look forward to hearing from you, but even if we don't you are still invited to come.

    The Valley Hive Staff

     

     

     

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