We are excited to announce the launch of retail sales of our Rooftop Honey made by four beehives that reside atop the restaurant in Ballard.
In 2009 when Bastille Café & Bar opened Seattle Urban Farm Company helped to install a 4,500 square foot organic garden on the roof of the building. Four years later, in 2013, Chef Jason Stoneburner partnered with Corky Luster and the Ballard Bee Company to install beehives on the roof as well. After that first year, Jason took over beekeeper duties and has been making honey ever since.
For the past four years the honey has been used throughout Bastille’s menu in salads, entrées, desserts, and cocktails. Finally last year the bees produced enough honey to give us the ability to sell some of the raw, local honey.
The four hives produced about 15 liters of honey over the summer of 2015, which was harvested late in the fall and is now for sale! The 4 oz. jars retail for $10 each and can be purchased at Bastille Café & Bar.
The honey made by the Bastille bees is raw and has been minimally handled. To make the honey, the Bastille bees collected pollen from the Bastille rooftop garden and flowers and plants from the surrounding neighborhood. Many adherents of natural medicine believe that consuming local honey can help reduce seasonal allergies by introducing local allergens slowly into one’s immune system. Raw, local honey is also high in antioxidants called polyphenols.
The honey jars feature artwork designed by local graphic designer and artist Shogo Ota from Tireman Studios.
The rooftop honey is also featured at the Bastille Rooftop Garden dinners, which happen on most Monday and Tuesday evenings from June through September. Prior to the dinners Chef Stoneburner or Colin McCrate from the Seattle Urban Farm Company give diners a tour of the garden and explain ways in which the rooftop produce is incorporated in dishes throughout the menu. Tickets and additional information on the Rooftop Dinner Series can be found at Bastille2016.BrownPaperTickets.com.
Posted on 06/22/2016 at 01:12:00 PM
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