35 years ago we moved up to the North Country from the Ithaca area to realize our dream of living a sustainable lifestyle. We are fortunate to have been able to “style” our lives to live close to the land and have the opportunity to embrace permaculture methods in treating the land we are stewards over. We have never used pesticides or chemical fertilizers on our land and have sustainably treated it with the utmost care and respect.

Many years ago my ancestors, immigrated to this country from Ukraine, seeking a better life in a country where they could own land and better themselves through its bounty. They lived in a feudal society as serfs not able to own land and void of any freedoms. Imagine my surprise when I saw first hand that the village crest of my ancestors was a bee skep.

I had a sign made with this design and it sits at the end of our driveway saying Local Honey.

We have been Beekeepers for 15 years and have just started selling products from the hive in the last 4 years, selling mostly at local farmers markets between Utica and Syracuse and from our farm..

Interview on WKTV on Dec 5 2014


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Our little homestead is away from large commercial farming, and nestled in the foothills of the Tug Hill Plateau. For the past 15 years using sustainable practices  our honey bees produce raw honey and products from our bee hives including, pure beeswax candles, and Bee

Raw, unprocessed Honey.  Our honey is derived from local flowering plants and trees. We cultivate, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries and other vegetable plants. The wide assortment of wildflowers and the unique diversity in the Tug Hill area yields a multi-floral aroma and taste with a smooth texture and complex flavors. Our repeat customers will attest to that.

Propolis. We also offer our line  fairly traded spices including our Vanilla Extract, hand crafted in small batches from Organic, fairly traded Madagascar Vanilla Beans.



Article by Margaret Mc Cormick

Vanilla extract. Taberg, in Oneida County, is a long way from Madagascar, but that’s where Rainforest Spice Company owner Tim Hoda is based, and where he handcrafts pure vanilla extract from fairly traded and responsibly produced vanilla beans from Madagascar.

For almost six years, Hoda, a beekeeper, has been producing vanilla extract for restaurants like The Tailor and the Cook, in Utica, and for some bakeries. This year, he started selling his vanilla products at the Oneida County Public Market at Union Station in Utica and via mail order. Prices start at $5 for vanilla beans (2), $6 for vanilla extract (50 ml),. Hoda also offers ground vanilla and vanilla sugar and plans to carry vanilla paste. To request a product and price list, email Hoda at sales@rainforestspice.com or call 292-8812.

Margaret McCormick is a freelance writer and editor in Syracuse. She blogs about food ateatfirst.typepad.com. Follow her on Twitter at @mmccormickcny