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.
NameImageCategoryStockPriceBuy
Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen

97 in stock

$10
Beeswax 1lb chunk

100 in stock

$16
Beeswax 1oz

99 in stock

$1
Beeswax Candle heart shape (2.4oz)

50 in stock

$5
Beeswax Candle Tealights (8)
Small Eggs

50 in stock

$10
Beeswax Food Wrap 20 x 20cm

49 in stock

$6
Beeswax Food Wrap 29.5 x 29.5cm

48 in stock

$8
Beeswax Long Taper Candles (2)

15 in stock

$15
Beeswax Short Taper Candles (2)

15 in stock

$10
Beeswax Votive Candles (3)

49 in stock

$10
Blueberry Honey
Blueberry Honey

99 in stock

$10
Buckwheat Honey
Buckwheat Honey

100 in stock

$10
Cinamon Honey
Cinamon Honey

99 in stock

$10
Cocoa Honey
Cocoa Honey

100 in stock

$10
Creamed Honey
Creamed Honey

99 in stock

$10
Duck Eggs (12)
Organic Duck Eggs

8 in stock

$10
Ginger Honey
Ginger Honey

99 in stock

$10
Honeycomb

100 in stock

$9
Large Eggs (12)

14 in stock

$6
Medium Eggs (12)

28 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

97 in stock

$12
Skin Cream 70g
Organic Chicken Eggs

100 in stock

$20
Skin Cream 70g

100 in stock

$20
Small Eggs (12)

6 in stock

$4
Tumeric Honey
Tumeric Honey

98 in stock

$10
Wildflower Honey 1kg

92 in stock

$16
Wildflower Honey 2.8 kg

99 in stock

$40
Wildflower Honey 335g

98 in stock

$8
Wildflower Honey 500g

89 in stock

$9