Malibu Honey is one of our favorite small businesses: local, small, and artisanal - and it "employs" thousands of endangered, productive bees. Honeybees play a vital role in the food chain, and honeybee-pollinated crops contribute roughly $24 billion a year to the U.S. economy.
The threat to bees - and therefore to our food and economy - prompted the White House to release the first ever National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators. Closer to home, Malibu Honey strives not only to maintain their own healthy hives, but also promotes a fundraising effort to provide hives to local farmers: a healthy beehive can double the fruit and vegetable yield of a small farm.
When we're not soap-boxing about the environmental and economic impact of declining honeybee populations, we're thinking about how beautifully honey pairs with tea, and cheese. A teaspoon of Malibu Honey sweetens every cup of Masako Tea we drink, and we're particularly fond of drizzling honey over some favorite cheeses. Manchego anyone? If you're in West LA, give Wheel House Cheese a go. They know their cheese.