The Marshall's Farm Honey Story...
We At Marshall's Farm have a hand-crafted approach to traditional honey production. Our Beekeeper Spencer Marshall Harvests small quantities of superior quality gourmet honey in the very special microclimates of the San Francisco Bay Area. Spencer searches out locations that support only a few hives but produce exceptional tasting honeys. The diverse & constantly changing seasonal blooms of the Bay Area (Eucalyptus, Star Thistle, Wildflower, Blackberry & others) produce floral nectars & pollens that differ greatly in taste, texture & color. Spencer harvests after each bloom, isolates the honey harvested from each apiary & thus creates the special flavor nuances & wonderful color variations in Marshall's Farm delectably delicious honey.
Our 100% pure natural honey will last forever & needs no refrigeration. If left in a cool place it may crystallize. If you prefer liquid honey, immerse the jar in warm water until the honey reliquefies. If you look closely you can see natural pollen particles floating in the honey - some pollen remains as our honey is only lightly filtered. Honey is a healing, healthful fat-free food with minerals, & vitamins. We use our honey every day, in tea, on toast, in baking, in dressings, marinades & sauces and on salads, fruits, veggies & meats. We hope you will too. It's great as a sweetener & flavor enhancer & even better right out of the jar.
WHO'S WHO @ MARSHALL'S FARM
SPENCER MARSHALL, was born in McMinnville, Oregon. His mother, Grace, & his father, Frank were both offspring of many generations of family farmers. Their families farmed wheat & grain, turkeys & cattle. If there was a crop to farm, I believe they farmed it. Spencer's paternal Grandma loved bees. She had a few hives on their Yam Hill Farm. When Spencer saw his Grandma working the hives, his curiosty was aroused.The Marshall Family moved to Crescent City, where Frank Marshall got into the Logging Business. The Grandparents Marshall moved to California where they started a Dairy in the Lodi area. The successful dairy produced prize-winning milk that was used by California's schools. The success of the dairy brought Spencer's family to the Lodi area as well. Frank & Grace took over the dairy. Eventually the dairy was sold, & the Marshalls bought acreage in Acampo, near Lodi. On this parcel of land they raised grains & started a harvesting business.
AUNT BEE (Aunt Bernice Glickfeld) : From her apartment balcony, Aunt Bernice could see the festive tents at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market. One day she told us that we should be selling our honey at that market. We took her advice, applied, & we were accepted on a substitue basis. When David Gingrass, then co-owner of "Postrio's" with Wolfgang Puck,asked if he could buy our honey for his restaurant, Aunt B. said, "Give him anything he wants1" That was our first restaurant account. Aunt Bernice passed away at a Sweet 91 years old. She was a real honey!
Honorary Second Cousin MICHAEL "Bob" LITANT: He is a man who appreciates the fine things in life. I thought his name was BOB. I kept calling him "BOB" when each week he would buy our newly harvested, distinctive tasting honeys. He became a collector. But then I finally got it straight, his name wasn't "BoB," It was & still is "Michael." He would come down from his office at 101 California Street, from his "Room with No View" & put a market apron over his suit & tie & sell honey at the Tuesday Ferry Plaza Market just for the fun of it - during his lunch hour. "Can I satisfy your unmet Honey needs?""An informed consumer is a happy consumer." My favorite narrative from Michael is about how Our Beekeeper, Spencer Marshall, takes the bees to the flowers in an air-conditioned SUV (it's air-conditioned because it's a flat-bed truck!). He will then tell you how when the Bees are finished working the chosen flowers, Spencer whistles & gathers the bees up & brings them home again! Michael has spontaneously created some of our very special location labels. For example, "West Marin Wildflower - The Toast of The Coast, Great on Toast at the Coast!" Michael "Bob" is now a partner in Marshall's Farm. Michael & his friend s, Busy Buzzy the Bizzy Bee (you can sometimes hear Bizzy on our voice mail message), Iymoutta Hunny, & Cousin Starr Thistle are all a very special part of the Marshall's Farm Team.
LARRY SIGMUND: A California native, Larry & Helene Marshall actually went to George Washington High School in San Francisco at the same time. It wasn't until years later, at a Farmers' Market dinner party, that Larry & Helene had "where did you grow up?" conversation and realized that we were both native San Franciscans. We never would have guessed that we would both be working down on the farm! Larry is a great asset. You will see him working at the Farmers' Markets, delivering honey to Bay Area stores and filling bottles and loading trucks at the farm. His presence at Marshall's Farm has been a sweet connection.
DON MERTLE: Don was born and raised in Marin County. He has traveled the world and had much experience in business. He loves sales & he loves honey. For us that is a winning combination. You will find Don at The Corte Madera, Mill Valley and Sunday Marin Civic Center Farmers' Markets.
JOSH HALPERN: Josh Halpern has a background in local food justice and filmmaking from his upbringing in New York and New Jersey, and has worked on organic farms from Hawaii to the Himalayas. In Spring 2013 he will receive an MA in Integral Ecology from CIIS. His work and art can be found at outsidejosh.com. Sharing Marshall's Honey with the Bay Area community is his favorite job ever.
You will find Josh at our Stonestown and Grand Lake Farmers' Markets
RYAN WARD: Ryan was born and raised in Minneapolis. He is a carefree thirty-something bachelor from Minnesota. He has a background in telecom and automotive sales.
He thinks the cold days in San Francisco are warm. Ryan loves the Bay Area climate and plays ouside when he can on a bicycle, skis, or his feet just hiking around. Being close to the general public and natural food is important to him. He loves the farmers' markets in San Francisco and is comfortable working there.
Ryan is now a resident of San Francisco (smart guy)! He appreciates the beauty of northern California, and plans on staying in the bay area indefinitely.
You can meet Ryan at our Heart of the City Farmers' Markets on Wednesday, Friday and Sundays. You will also find him at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Thursdays. Ryan is the newest addition to our Marshall's Farm Staff.
TOM DOUGLAS: Tom is originally from Connecticut. He has lived in New Mexico and now California. He is a carpenter by trade. He sells honey for us at the Jack London Square Farmers' Market.
ANA LEGAC: A native of Croatia, Anna has been a San Franciscan for many years. She first came to the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market as a shopper. Now she helps Ryan at the Ferry Plaza Market on Thursdays. You will often find her pitching in at other markets just helping out - selling and boasting about our fine honeys. Ana has been both a friend and helper for about 17 years.
Mr. & Mrs. Marshall