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Earthy Roots

What is Earthy Roots?
Earthy Roots is a small business in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK that produces honey and bee related products such as lip balm and beeswax.
Why Beekeeping?
We have been beekeeping for nearly ten years it is a fulfilling yet unpredictable hobby. It has been a truly unique experience allowing us to understand nature from a new perspective. It opens your eyes to the importance of bees and how many crops rely on the humble insect. I started by a chance meeting with a lovely couple who kept bees. They taught me how to inspect a hive and how to maintain the equipment. More importantly they educated me in bee husbandry, looking out for disease and monitoring the development of a hive. Sadly they both passed away donating all of their equipment and knowledge to me. I have continued to develop my practices and have expanded the colonies and sites to create Earthy Roots Ltd.
Where are your bees?
Our bees are currently located at three sites across Cambridgeshire. We have two sites just outside Peterborough, the Glatton Apiary and the Water Newton Apiary. Our third site is located west of Huntingdon near Molesworth, the Old Weston Apiary.
What do your bees feed on?
Our bees feed on a range of flora, there are two main variables; the site of the apiary and the time of year. The Water Newton Apiary main nectar flow comes from wildflowers and trees around the local area which includes Ferry Meadows part of Nene Park, which produces a delicate floral and usually runny honey. The Glatton Apiary the main nectar flow comes from Oil seed rape which flowers early in the season following this, the main nectar flow comes from blackberries, thistles and clover as well as wild flowers and trees within the surrounding area. At the Old Weston Apiary our bees forage from a range of vegetable and fruit plants from raspberries to pumpkins the garden farm also grows many companion plants which encourage different types of pollinators including marigolds and borage.

Bees & Honey

Why buy raw honey?
Raw honey hasn’t been heated past pasteurisation temperature. We only filter our honey to remove any bits of wax. Raw honey retains its floral flavours and aromas better than honey that has been heated as the enzymes have not been destroyed in the heating process. As we only filter our honey it retains bits of pollen, this will cause it to granulate/crystallise after a few months.
Why had my honey crystallised?
All raw honey will eventually crystallise, this is how you know it hasn’t been pasteurised (the process which breaks down the enzymes that enable crystallisation). The type of crystallisation and the time it takes to do so will vary depending on the type of flowers the bees have collected nectar from.

If you wish to make your crystallised honey runny all you need to do is place it in a bowl of warm water (bur not boiling), wait a little while and enjoy.

How can I make my honey runny?
If you wish to make your crystallised honey runny all you need to do is place it in a bowl of warm water (bur not boiling), wait a little while and enjoy.
What are the bubbles on top of the honey?
Sometimes you get ‘white stuff’ on top of raw honey, sometimes known as honey foam. During the filtering process air can get into the honey and once in jars this air will rise to the top. As the air rises to the top it will bring with it bits of pollen and other particles found in raw honey. This honey foam is very tasty!
How should I store my honey?
Honey does not need to be stored in the fridge, a cool dark cupboard at room temperature is ideal.
Do you sell honey in bulk?
Currently we do not sell honey in large bulk/wholesale quantities, although we do supply local shops with honey for sale in small batches. Please contact Earthy Roots using any of the options from our online contact page for further information.
What do I do if I find a swarm of bees?
If you find a swarm and do not know what to do. Please contact Earthy Roots using any of the options from our online contact page and we will assess the situation and try our best to remove them.

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Postage and Packaging
We currently have two rates of postage;

UK Standard Rate – £3.75*

UK Next Day – £8.95*

EU Standard Rate – £15.75*

If you require postage in any other part of the world please contact us before ordering as we can provide you with a quote and separate invoice for your order. Please contact us before placing bulk orders as we may be able to offer postage discounts.

All of our products are securely packaged and are sent through highly rated and trusted carriers/couriers. We do not necessarily use the same carrier/courier for all of our deliveries.

*Please note that our postal prices are accurate at time of publishing but are subject to change without prior notification.

How do I contact Earthy Roots?
Please contact Earthy Roots using any of the options from our online contact page.
How can I pay for my goods?
You can pay for your goods using any credit or debit card through our online checkout and payment system ‘stripe’.

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