On October 19, 2018, I posted about Crooked Brook sending us a donation of t-shirts for our Halloween Show and I am happy to say that they just sent us some hoodies embroidered with our logo; this time on behalf of their friends at The Mohawk Valley Trading Company! The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality unprocessed natural products they can produce including, but not limited to: maple syrup, maple sugar, honey, raw honey, beeswax, beeswax candles, natural skin care products, handmade soap and natural stone tile. One of the things the Mohawk Valley Trading Company is widely known for is their varietal honey which is made primarily from the nectar of a particular type of blossom or flower. To capture the unique character and flavor of the blossom or flower, beekeepers must study botanical bloom and flowering patterns when planning hive placement. If you are planning to use honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and aromatics. The rawest honey available is comb honey (sections of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb that contain raw honey that have been cut from the wooden frames of a beehive) however most people prefer bottled raw honey. Here’s a list of their raw honey: Adirondack Wildflower Honey Wildflower Honey Orange Blossom Honey Apple Blossom Honey Buckwheat Honey American Bamboo Honey Blueberry Blossom Honey Goldenrod Honey Tulip Poplar-Black Locust Honey Wild Cherry Blossom Honey (Tulip Poplar-Black Locust) Sunflower Honey-Summer Wildflower Honey Dark, Robust Maple Syrup from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company comes in glass bottles and is made primarily from sugar maple sap, which is preferred for maple syrup production because it has an average sugar content of two percent. Sap from other maple species is usually lower in sugar content, and about twice as much is needed to produce the same amount of finished syrup. Maple sugar is made from the controlled crystallization of maple syrup and takes several forms. While maple sugar is hardly a health food it is better than most of the alternatives as it contains more trace minerals (including manganese, zinc and copper) and antioxidants than cane sugar. Cane sugar is refined from sugarcane, a tropical grass. Sugarcane refining includes several chemical processes to remove impurities and to increase the sucrose content. The sugarcane industry has a larger impact on the environment due to fertilizer run off, pesticide applications and refinery emissions. Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% Pure Beeswax Candles are hand poured, hand dipped and made with 100% cotton wicks and 100% pure, all natural, unbleached, yellow beeswax produced by their bees in the USA. There are many benefits to choosing beeswax over paraffin candles. Beeswax candles burn clean; unlike paraffin they do not contain any additives or synthetic chemicals. Cheap paraffin candles leave behind black soot from smoke as they are burned. The soot can damage furniture and irritate sensitive people. When burned correctly, with a trimmed wick and in a draft free zone beeswax candles are smoke free, soot free and drip free. When burned they emit negative ions, thought by some to clean the air and prevent problems with asthma and depression. Natural skin care products and natural handmade soaps from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company are made without petrochemicals, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, synthetic or artificial fragrances, dyes, detergents, preservatives or any other harmful and toxic industrial chemicals, carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, plasticizers, degreasers, surfactants or hormone disruptors. Instead, they are made with:
- Goat’s milk, Shea butter, natural plant oils including; olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, palm oil, castor bean oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower oil and other botanical sources such as fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and nuts.
- 100% natural plant-based essential oils distilled or pressed from fresh citrus peels, flower petals, spices, leaves, herbs, beeswax, honey and other naturally fragrant botanical materials.
You can buy Mohawk Valley Trading Company products directly from them or here is a list of what they currently sell on Amazon: Raw Honey Maple Syrup Maple Sugar Pancake & Waffle Mix (Buckwheat & Buttermilk) 100% Pure Beeswax Candles If you have a nonprofit organization and your group:
- Accepts “donations-in-kind”.
- Needs items that can be used for fund raising auctions, door prizes, raffles or gift bags.
- Needs promotional apparel or accessories with your logo.
Contact the Mohawk Valley Trading Company at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them “The Genesee Street Children’s Center” sent you!!!