Two Busy Bees

What’s your name?
Deborah Batchelor
What is the name of your business?
Two Busy Bees
How long have you been trading?
Since July 2016
What products do you sell?
Delicious raw honey and beeswax products
What sells the best?
Small bucket 1kg of delicious raw honey
What markets do you trade at?
Nundah Farmers Market, Mitchie Makers Twilight Market and Sandgate Village Twilight Market
How did it all begin?
We’re a father and daughter team of bee keepers based in sunny sub tropical Geebung, Brisbane. My Dad had a few bee hives on a pocket of rural farmland in the heart of suburbia. Those few bee hives soon turned into a few more and those busy bees produced a huge amount of most delicious light floral raw honey. My Dad said to me could you come and help me with the bees and ‘Two Busy Bees’ was established. ‘Two Busy Bees’ took their yummy raw cold filtered honey to the local farmers markets and we soon had a very loyal customer base who return often for their delicious raw honey fix. The ‘Two Busy Bees’ gourmet honey range now includes, 100% raw honey, honey marinades, honey mustards, honey choco-nut butters, honey fudge, honey lollipops and pure beeswax candles.
What do you like most about being a stallholder?
The thing I like most about being a stallholder is the interaction with all types of people and the lovely loyal customers who return regularly for their ‘Two Busy Bees’ honey fix.
What do you like least about being a stallholder?
The thing I like least about being a stallholder is being out in all weathers and having to be prepared for just about anything (weather wise).
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Still selling at the farmers markets, more hives, more delicious honey based products, selling online and moving into supplying to other stores wholesale.
Any funny stories to share about your time as a stallholder?
Setting up for a twilight market on a particularly windy afternoon when a large gust of wind lifted the marque off the ground (pre sandbags). I rushed to a corner pole, gripped on with all my strength and it was all I could do to keep it earthbound!.
What one piece of advice would you give to a new stallholder?
Sometimes if takes a little while to find the right market and customer base for your product. Don’t get disheartened, there are plenty of markets out there, move on and you’ll find the right one for you.
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Two Busy Bees Facebook Page
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