Looking for the bees that visit my own garden
Lovely! It reminded me of a very special dark honey that was available for maybe 2 weeks at Santa Rosa Farmers Market. It was more expensive that the other kinds of honey Victor (I think) had, but it was oh so tasty! I would eat it just like that, in a teaspoon and savor it with each lick.
I think you don't know but I actually took a class to become a beekeeper when I lived in Santa Rosa, but I could not put up a beehive in my building yard. One of my dear friends asked me if I am allergic to bee stings and I answered that I didn't think so, it turned out I am not, which I am thankful for it, since I love sitting by a beehive and watching the busy bees go and come from it.
You can help the bees by finding out what kind of flowers they prefer and pick an array of them that bloom in different times, so the bees have enough food to collect for a span of time.
Oh my gosh, what a small world...Little Bay Root worked with Friends of Outdoor School in a project. I had no idea they also have honey. I'm gonna order some! :)
You mention 'how do you preserve the taste of the neighborhood?' That question made me think of a story I heard on NPR about honey that was still edible after thousands of years. That means you have found the way to preserve the taste of the neighborhood - through its honey! Gold!
Lovely! Here in the Twin Cities, I have enjoyed the luscious complexity of Mademoiselle Miel's honey chocolates. She somehow manages to combine these elements without losing the distinctive elements of each honey (probably because she is also a beekeeper, and has a deep appreciation for those subtleties). https://www.mademoisellemiel.com/