Trelawny Honey Hives Director Sheona Muschett proudly presents her papaya & Lime Jam and Eggplant Chutney. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Directors: Sheona and Paul Muschett
We started beekeeping as a hobby in 2018 and since then have increased the number of hives as we continue to learn about beekeeping. Our mission has been to raise more bees to pollinate our community, reduce our waste and live in harmony with the earth.
Trelawny Honey Hives came alive with my two daughters being home during the pandemic and reflecting our family; recipes we love, our sustainability values and lifestyle. During our trips abroad, we realized that many of the things we often buy can actually be made at home. Hence the birth of Trelawny Honey Hives as a small cottage industry.
As well as making preserves, we polish our own furniture using pure beeswax and natural ingredients and make a range of appliqué items such as Japanese back aprons, washcloths, napkins and tea towels with fun Jamaican laundry scenes, chicken and goat images. all inspired by environmental assessment. My girls have since returned to their busy lives and I have been running the Trelawny Honey Hives, experimenting with new products and sewing projects.
The range of new products:
We are a small apiary located in Martha Brae where we hand extract and bottle our honey. We believe that when you make small purchases, you make a BIG impact. A purchase benefits from our complex local network with a boutique specialty experience. We also offer a range of hand-crafted preserves using the finest local ingredients.
Unique Fruit Marmalade
This unique fruit for Jamaica makes a unique, sour, yet sweet marmalade. From the orchards of Good Hope, Trelawny, this fruit has the 2-in-1 power of grapefruit and tangerine. Enjoy this coarsely chopped marmalade on warm, buttered slices of toast.
Ingredients: sugar, sugar, lime
At Trelawny Honey Hives, our honey is hand packed, raw and unprocessed – so you can enjoy it straight from the hive.
This classic Indian chutney is sweet, spicy and tangy, making it the perfect accompaniment to cheeses, meat dishes and sautéed vegetables.
Ingredients: Eggplant, sugar, vinegar, sunflower oil, garlic, ginger, spices
Papaya Lime Jam
Our jam is a Jamaican blend of papaya and lime. It’s hard to beat on buttered toast, but there are so many other ways to enjoy this jam! We suggest adding it to anything that needs a delicious, sweet punch—perhaps yogurt, crepes, or even your bacon treats.
Ingredients: Sugar, papaya, lime
Three Fruit Marmalade
It’s a favorite in our house: a sweet yet tart marmalade filled with crusty crust. Enjoy the full flavor of grapefruit, limes and sour oranges from our garden and local orchard. Spread on buttered toast or warm bread fresh from the oven.
Ingredients: Sugar, grapefruit, lime, sour orange
Where are the ingredients sourced?
We believe in supporting our Jamaican farmers as much as we can. Like our home-grown honey, all of our preserves are made from local produce, some from neighboring farms and orchards. We feel that supporting local producers has many environmental, economic, social and health benefits for everyone.
Where are the products currently sold?
Our products are in Kingston (Jamaica Food & Beverage, My Jamaica, Craft Cottage, Veeva Home), Ocho Rios (Ciao Bella, Better Foods Distributors, Magnolia House at Harmony Hall, Court House Gallery), St Elizabeth (YS Falls and Callaloo) is available. ) and Montego Bay (The Collective and Peenie Wallie).
The story behind the packaging of the products
The labels and tags were carefully designed by my daughters. Our logo was created with a bee and we wanted a brand identity that represented our values of being unique with high-end products and simple design. Our packaging is as environmentally friendly as possible. The style and font of the drawings are meant to show that everything is done by hand.
I made these products because… we were able to source high-quality products locally, and we wanted to offer our family favorites to our friends and then to our developing customers.
My first breakthrough was when… we first joined Peenie Wallie Jamaica, a premium online shopping site based in St. James that started during the pandemic. Customers were interested in the range of products we had to offer, so we launched a website and started participating in pop-ups and Christmas fairs. Boutique gift shops and small gourmet food outlets were eager to get into our product range and our popularity continued to grow as we became better known.
The products were presented to the public… During the pandemic in 2020.
Our main customers... our loyal regular customers, boutique and gourmet food stores.
Answer to products… very positive!
My products are successful because… their unique flavors and range of locally sourced quality ingredients. We use family recipes and enjoy sharing!
I am planning to grow my business… continues to create new products derived from local ingredients as part of a niche market.
My main problem… As supply chains contend with worldwide shipping challenges, regular packaging supplies—paper bags, cartons, and cans—are on the rise. Some of our products are in recycled bottles and cans and help reduce Jamaica’s waste, reducing our carbon footprint. All cans in Jamaica are imported and although we recycle as much as possible, we still have to source cans. We think about being environmentally friendly with our packaging and the products we manufacture.
If I knew then what I know now… I would start beekeeping earlier because it is so rewarding! It seems to us that the bees are the ones who take care of us now. Our garden benefited as it pollinated the plants. It has definitely been a rewarding experience and we feel more connected to nature and our surroundings. Our bees play an important role!
Jamaicans should support my products because… our delicious and authentic ingredients benefit from our comprehensive local supplier and retail network with a dedicated boutique experience!
Trelawny Honey Hives Eggplant Chutney (left) and Papaya & Lime jam was served with crackers and cheese. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Derrick Cotterell, CEO and Chairman of the Derrimon Trading Company Ltd and Food Awards guest judging panel for Best (Fresh) Local Food Product, and Sheona Muschett, director of Trelawny Honey Hives, discuss her products. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Food Awards judge Oneal Johnson is set to try Trelawny Honey Hives Eggplant Chutney. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)
Food Awards judges Maurice Sloley and Pauline Edie Trelawny scrutinize the ingredients of Honey Hives Aubergine Chutney. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)