I recently had the pleasure of eating and drinking my way around all of California. Over a three week run I put some 2,000 miles on a (borrowed) Chevy Volt all while visiting sustainable farms, wineries, chefs and food producers. And just to be a bit of a humbrag, I did things I never thought I would, like make ice cream with the owners of Bi-Rite Creamery and hang out with Adam Savage from MythBusters to talk about food myths. And I even got to visit this amazing backyard beekeeper, Steve Gentry.
Gentry (a fourth generation resident) has been raising bees in the area for 30-some years now and even founded the Mt. Diablo Beekeepers Association, the largest one of its kind just west of the Rocky Mountains. This is just one of the many honey-related jobs that Steve has his hands in. Sure, you can find Steve’s Bees honey at local health food stores, farmers markets and even Whole Foods locations throughout the Bay Area, but his most inspiring effort takes place at Wagner Ranch Elementary School. Through his own efforts, Gentry has raised over $25,000 to help better the school’s programming.I sat down with Steve to talk about honey and many other things like just how honey gets all those wonderful flavors. See how in the video below.