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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Beeswax Candle Tealights (8)
Beeswax Tealights

48 in stock

$10
Beeswax Food Wrap 29.5 x 29.5cm
beeswax food wrap with floral pattern

50 in stock

$8
Beeswax Food Wrap 20 x 20cm
beeswax food wrap with floral pattern

44 in stock

$6
Beeswax Candle heart shape (2.4oz)
Beeswax Heart Candle

50 in stock

$5
Beeswax Votive Candles (3)
3 Beeswax Votive Candles

50 in stock

$10
Beeswax Long Taper Candles (2)
Beeswax Taper Candles

15 in stock

$15
Skin Cream 70g
Beeswax Skin Cream - 70g

98 in stock

$20
Large Eggs (12)
Carton of Large Size Eggs

33 in stock

$6
Duck Eggs (12)
Organic Duck Eggs

12 in stock

$10
Beeswax Lipbalm
Beeswax Lipbalm

99 in stock

$5
Beeswax Candle Tealights (12)
Beeswax Tea Lights

25 in stock

$15
Beeswax Short Taper Candles (2)
Beeswax Taper Candles

14 in stock

$10
Beeswax 1lb chunk

99 in stock

$16
Beeswax 1oz
1 ounce of Beeswax

100 in stock

$1
Medium Eggs (12)
Carton of Medium Size Eggs

76 in stock

$5
Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen

97 in stock

$10
Propolis Tincture
Bottle of Propolis Tincture

99 in stock

$17
Skin Cream 35g
Beeswax Skin Cream

3 in stock

$12
Ginger Honey
Ginger Honey

100 in stock

$10
Turmeric Honey
Turmeric Honey

100 in stock

$10
Cinnamon Honey
Cinnamon Honey

100 in stock

$10
Cocoa Honey
Cocoa Honey

100 in stock

$10
Pollen Honey
Pollen Honey

100 in stock

$10
Propolis Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$15
Wildflower Honey 2.8 kg
2.5 kilograms of wildflower Honey

100 in stock

$40
Wildflower Honey 1kg
1 kilogram of wildflower Honey

96 in stock

$16
Wildflower Honey 500g
500 grams of wildflower Honey

97 in stock

$9
Wildflower Honey 335g
335 grams of wildflower Honey

98 in stock

$8
Creamed Honey
Creamed Honey

100 in stock

$10
Blueberry Honey
Blueberry Honey

100 in stock

$10
Buckwheat Honey
Buckwheat Honey

99 in stock

$10
Honeycomb
Honeycomb

97 in stock

$9
Royal Jelly

100 in stock

$16