David and Jackie Miles are back at the Trenton Farmers Market, not just selling their signature thick, waxy, fragrant honey this year, but also beautiful undyed beeswax candles of the same gold color.
By: Robin Ford Wallace, Reporter
Honey is often
described as being the color of gold. Look at David and Jackie Miles’ honey and
you may be struck by the notion it’s the other way around: Gold is considered
beautiful because it’s the color of honey.
caught up with the couple one recent Saturday morning at their stall at the
Trenton Farmers Market. The Sentinel had been looking. Local honey is always a
draw at local food venues; popular opinion has it that it immunizes against an
area’s local allergens, among other benefits.
But the Miles
product, superlatively thick, waxy, fragrant and golden, goes a step beyond,
not just enhancing health and delighting taste buds but, the Sentinel ventures
to comment, at the risk of “waxing” lyrical, seeming to exemplify what the word
“honey” is meant to convey.
attributes the quality of his honey to the care he lavishes on his bees. He
never gives them city water, he says, but fetches them the untreated stuff from
the spring at Murphy Hollow favored by many Dade residents. And he tries to
keep them away from genetically modified crops, which he considers the reason
for the widespread bee deaths that have taken a toll on U.S. agriculture in
bought one honeybee farmer out just to shut him up about, you know, about all
of his bees that died,” he said.
Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” crops, genetically altered to survive doses of the
multinational giant’s popular herbicide as it kills the weeds around them. Too
bad honeybees can’t survive the genetically altered crops, he said.
breeding that stuff up to where God’s honeybees don’t need to have to work it,”
he said. “As a matter of fact, it’ll kill them.”
He spoke with
nostalgia of the pre-GMO days. “In 2004 or 5, I believe it was, when this was
kicking in, me and the little man that trained me, we would take our bees to
Isabella June 10 just for the sourwood honey, and it was every week that we
would go up and pull honey. I mean, they was throwing it to us. It was way back
up in the mountains and that was all pretty much that they was working, and
them people don’t plant big old fields of genetically inclined seeds –
modified, not what God give, you know.
Monsanto’s tinkered with Mother Nature, is what he’s done.”
As they did
last year, David and Jackie Miles sell their honey in Mason jars for $12 a
quart. They also sell fresh produce from their Sand Mountain farm as well as
Jackie’s homemade blackberry jam, and this year they have added a new product:
purchase either small novelty candles, round or shaped like bees, for a buck or
two a pop, or splurge $5 on long, candelabra-sized candles the same undyed and
indescribable gold of the honey.
“They have no
chemicals in them,” said Jackie Miles.
longer and brighter,” said her husband.
But such is
their beauty, the Sentinel must warn, that purchasers may have a hard time
bringing themselves to burn them at all.
Jackie Miles as well as other vendors of local vegetables, meats, eggs and
crafts hawk their ware from 9 a.m. until noon each Saturday through October in
Veterans Park on the Trenton town square.