Ionel and Irina Alecu moved to Canada in 2002, just a few months before our market at Dufferin Grove opened. Their first Canadian jobs were working as the superintendents of an apartment building, but by 2005, Ionel was keeping hives in bee yards close to wildflower fields and conservation areas, and Bees Universe was born. In 2007, they left the city behind, moving their family to a farm in ‘the snowbelt’ near Innisfil.
Beekeepers face many challenges beyond stings: pesticides, bee mites, and competition from cheap imported honey have made it very hard to earn a livelihood, but ‘Honey Man John’ and Irina bring good cheer to the market year-round.
They sell honey, honey comb, bee pollen, propolis (and tincture), fresh frozen royal jelly, beeswax candles and foodwraps –just about everything in the Bees Universe! In addition, they have an on-farm egg grading station, and bring eggs from their free-range chickens and ducks to the market. Irina is always ready to give you a taste of delicious honey, and when John is at the table, he can also sharpen your knives.
*In some rare and regrettable circumstances we may need to substitute slightly different egg sizes.
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Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen

100 in stock

$10
Beeswax 1lb chunk

99 in stock

$16
Beeswax 1oz

95 in stock

$1
Beeswax Candle Tealights (12)

24 in stock

$15
Beeswax Food Wrap 20 x 20cm

29 in stock

$6
Beeswax Food Wrap 29.5 x 29.5cm

29 in stock

$8
Beeswax Lipbalm

100 in stock

$5
Beeswax Long Taper Candles (2)

9 in stock

$15
Beeswax Short Taper Candles (2)

9 in stock

$10
Beeswax Votive Candles (3)

47 in stock

$10
Blueberry Honey
Blueberry Honey

99 in stock

$10
Buckwheat Honey
Buckwheat Honey

100 in stock

$10
Cinamon Honey
Cinamon Honey

100 in stock

$10
Cocoa Honey
Cocoa Honey

100 in stock

$10
Creamed Honey
Creamed Honey

100 in stock

$10
Duck Eggs (12)
Organic Duck Eggs

11 in stock

$10
Ginger Honey
Ginger Honey

96 in stock

$10
Honeycomb

98 in stock

$9
Large Eggs (12)
Organic Chicken Eggs

9 in stock

$6
Medium Eggs (12)
Organic Chicken Eggs

44 in stock

$5
Pollen Honey
Pollen Honey

100 in stock

$10
Proplis Honey
Proplis Honey

100 in stock

$15
Propolis Tincture

100 in stock

$17
Royal Jelly

99 in stock

$16
Skin Cream 35g

100 in stock

$12
Skin Cream 70g

100 in stock

$20
Tumeric Honey
Tumeric Honey

100 in stock

$10
Wildflower Honey 1kg

93 in stock

$16
Wildflower Honey 2.8 kg

100 in stock

$40
Wildflower Honey 335g

99 in stock

$8
Wildflower Honey 500g

97 in stock

$9