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Mickelberry Gardens Raw Honey

Keeping It Raw You may notice that our honey and all of our honey tonics are made with Raw Honey. We are very careful to make sure that none of our honey is ever heated above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. We … Continue reading

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Portland’s Ordinance to Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Portland City Council plans to vote on a proposed ordinance to ban neonicotinoid pesticide use on city property. City Council held a hearing on March 25th, 2015, that I was able to attend. The room was full of concerned citizens, … Continue reading

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Mickelberry Gardens in the Gresham Outlook Paper

Check out this great article on our business in the Gresham Outlook Paper! Published 3/24/2015. Many thanks to Shannon Wells, Associate Editor.

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Fiery Cider

We are so excited to offer a brand new seasonal item: Our handcrafted Fiery Cider! Our recipe is based upon a traditional folk medicine remedy, that has been used for centuries as an autumn tonic. It’s made with pungent and spicy … Continue reading

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All About Beeswax

I am working on rendering beeswax today, and so am inspired to write about why our beeswax is special. How do the bees make beeswax? Beeswax is a central element of the beehive. It is the structure and home of … Continue reading

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Top 6 Ways to Avoid the Flu

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be getting sick. Here’s a list of my favorite go-to remedies for staying well during cold and flu season. 1. Fire Cider You can make this yourself, or get some from … Continue reading

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Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

We use organic, raw apple cider vinegar in the majority of our Honey Tonic formulas. Our apple cider vinegar is made domestically in Northern California, from Oregon, Washington, and Northern California-grown apples. I love using apple cider vinegar as a … Continue reading

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How Do Bees Make Honey?

So, how do bees make honey? I’m glad you asked. It’s really quite fascinating. Honey is made of the sweet nectar from flowers. Nectar is a sugar-rich liquid made by flowering plants, which is produced in glands called nectaries. Nectar … Continue reading

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Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar Oil is one of my favorite plants to work with. Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) smells amazing, and is abundant throughout the Pacific Northwest. It was called the “tree of life” by coastal Pacific Northwest Native American … Continue reading

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What Are Honey Tonics? And What Is A Tonic, Anyway?

 What are Honey Tonics? Honey Tonics are sweet, tart, and healthful treats. They can be enjoyed by the spoonful as often as desired. Honey Tonics are made with raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar.  These two ingredients have wonderful … Continue reading

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