Giving Gifts With A Meaning: Meet Beach United’s Christmas Market Makers-Part 4

The excitement is building here at Beach United about our upcoming Christmas Market happening on November 17 from 10 am- 2 pm! We have already featured six of our great vendors in previous blog posts. Check out our blogs by clicking on the links below:

We still have more fabulous vendors to explore. In this week’s post, we are highlighting Bees Are Life and Cedar Basket. Both vendors have physical storefronts in Toronto and are committed to providing the highest quality products and creations.

Bees Are Life

Bees Are Life markets 100% Pure Ontario honeys from 30 + small artisanal beekeepers across Ontario (including the honey from their own 34 beehives). Their honeys are 100% Ontario and contain no foreign honeys, no additives, no water, no sugar, no high fructose corn syrup (as many commercial brands do). They also sell products of the beehive and use them to make products including Pure Beeswax Candles. All their products are small batch and made locally and sustainably.

Founder, Cathy Kozma is an instructor of the Introduction to Beekeeping Programs at the Toronto Botanical Garden and Kortright Centre for Conservation and also a Toronto Master Gardener. Manager, Mona Cormier leads the Event Team and does outreach year round at Community events, Farmer’s Markets, Health and Wellness Fairs, and schools.

Bees Are Life’s Mission is: to advance the understanding of and preservation of the honeybee as a vital resource in our ecosystem and food web, through public education, advocacy, support for Ontario beekeepers, and the keeping of urban and suburban beehives.

Cedar Basket

Cedar Basket is a non-profit organization located in the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. Their gift shop is Toronto’s only Indigenous owned and operated store. They carry a selection of First Nations, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit handcrafted jewelry, carvings, basketry, beadwork, moccasins, original art as well as many more beautiful gift ideas. They are committed to promoting local Native artists. 

-Nicole Tanti, Community Engagement Coordinator