A quick run for a green tea left me stunned. After returning from a Farm & Foodie tour hosted by Canola Growers, I think I wasn’t prepared for the simple misconception that filters down to even coffee shops.
Honey needs to be asked for at Starbucks. I have known that you have to ask but the reason became clear by the clerk’s response when I requested 3 packets:
“Oh, ok. Well we keep it behind because it’s sought after so much, people take it (not for their tea/coffee).”
She then goes on to say it’s in short supply.
Does this look like short supply? I was just touring a facility that supplies many companies including BeeMaid. BeeMaid only sources from Canadian honey farmers, I found out! (Supporting local & Canadian? I’m going to choose BeeMaid or Wendell Estate Honey whenever I can.)
I assured her it was for my tea as I prefer to let it steep first then add honey. (Diffusion & saturation lesson 101!) I added I’m into nutrition.
The clerk goes on to say how if I’m into healthy stuff, that stevia is out and available with the cream and sugar. A new option for customers.
I told her I thought stevia was expensive too and she might want to lock that up too.
See anything weird about it?
Then I realize why honey is still being stolen. It’s sad to know that the honey farmer actually has lots of honey & it’s actually a price (for farmers/supplier so) decrease due to “honey laundering” of many offshore companies using rice syrup to cut or dilute honey to sell it cheaper than real honey.
All I know is that the media has a lot to do with it.
I’m glad I talk to farmers, read labels, question things & educate myself with reliable sources.
Next time, I hope they don’t charge me extra for supporting Canadian honey & buying a very pure, natural product. I’d hate to carry around a jar of honey every time I want to order a tea.
Some food for thought…