With 11 stores located in and around Philadelphia, 2015 Honey Festival Sponsor Whole Foods Market is the most convenient place to find the highest quality natural and organic products available. They define quality by evaluating the ingredients, freshness, safety, taste, nutritive value, and appearance of all of the products they carry. Whole Foods Markets are “buying agents” for their customers rather than “selling agents” for the manufacturers.
Whole Foods Markets are not cookie cutter big-box stores; each one has a lot of latitude in deciding the best way to operate in order to meet the needs of the local community. That makes community giving really special and fun. Overall, their community giving well exceeds 5% of their total net profits each year. The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild has been honored to be the recipient of grants from Whole Foods Markets in 2014 and 2015.
Several Honey Festival features have been made possible by a generous grant from the 2014 “Share the Buzz” campaign conducted by 11 Whole Foods Markets in the Mid-Atlantic North region:
- Wagner Free Institute of Science’s Pollinator Power – a free educational program recommended for kids in grades 1 – 6 (September 11, 3 pm – 5 pm),
- Wyck Historic House | Garden | Farm’s permanent, full size observation hive (Grand Opening September 12, 11 am), and
- Bartram’s Garden’s teaching hive (three demonstrations on September 13
In addition, each of the three venues are receiving donations and/or volunteer support from a specific partner-store during the festival. We are pleased to have this on-site support from Whole Foods Market for the fourth consecutive year.