Bee-keepers make honey at Callington Pannier Market
A NEW honey extraction unit is causing quite a buzz in Callington's Pannier Market.
Launched by Tamar Grow Local, a community-interest company, the facility will allow local beekeepers to extract their own honey at the newly refurbished premises.
The unit will also be available for small food producers to trade from outside the honey season to enable them to trial new products.
Simon Platten, project manager for Tamar Grow Local, said: "We are thrilled to be located in Callington, home of the historic Honey Fair and it is such a central location for many food producers in the valley.
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"Our extraction room has already had two beekeepers testing the facility and extracting more than 180kg of honey and we are getting more and more people in the town interested in the food hub project."
The project is one of 22 supported by Tamar Grow Local, which aims to provide opportunities and support for local people to grow their own food and promote food produced in the Tamar Valley.
The group said beekeeping courses will also be taught at the premises and at a new training apiary, which is due to be set up in the town.
South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray, who officially opened the facility on August 20, said the experience brought back childhood memories.
"This is a fantastic project that really allows local people to get involved with the food they eat and save money at the same time," she said.
"This takes parts of this fantastic beautiful area back to the way it was years ago when local people produced from themselves.
"I remember when, as a small child, I would assist my grandfather harvesting his honey. He ran a small bakery on Calstock quay with my grandmother. I remember it as very messy but great fun."
She added: "It was a real pleasure to open this new resource for local beekeepers. I would like to thank the co-operative for inviting me and wish them the very best in their future endeavours."
Honey produced at the unit will be sold under the Tamar Valley Honey Co-op label.