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Honey, it's the golden goodness that many love in an array of forms.
Several years ago, Matthew Hill discovered a love for beekeeping which set him and his sister, Zara, on a path of golden goodness.
After "doing a lot of wholesale honey" in the beginning, the Hills decided it was time to step on the local market scene as the first honey stall under 'Abuzz Bees n' Wax'.
"At that time, no one was at the markets doing honey production. That has since changed," Mr Hill said.
Behind the scenes
While their black and gold-themed stall has been a Mudgee Market attraction for years, the behind the scenes process of their products is less familiar.
According to Mr Hill, "there's a lot of fiddly work involved" when producing honey, ranging from management of the hive to extracting the natural substance.
"The bees have to be fairly strong to produce honey, you have to do a lot of management to prevent them from swarming in spring. If you don't, you probably won't get any honey," he said.
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"When producing, I get a frame of honey that will be sealed with wax on both sides. To get it out of the frame, I have to cut the wax off which will leave a chunk of honey and wax together.
"The honey will then drain out and go into one of our filters."
Once the process is complete, the Hills then bottle the honey, pollen and cut comb ready for purchase along with crafted creations made from the leftover wax.
What's next for Abuzz?
The Hills have recently begun selling beekeeping equipment for individuals who have an interest in the hobby.
"The beekeeping supply is really what's next for us. I produce bee hives for people who want to get into beekeeping. I also sell all of the equipment," Mr Hill said.
For more information on Abuzz Bees n' Wax, click here.
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