Strolling through a farmers market on a Saturday morning is a beloved weekend activity for many Austinites, and now we have
another market to check out.
Since December, dozens of local artists and makers have been gathering from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays at 1511 S. Congress
Ave. for the
SoCo Select Farmers & Makers Market. They don’t have many farmers and food vendors yet, but Johnson’s Backyard Garden sells some produce there and
Austin Orchards is scheduled to start coming on April 21 with their locally grown fruit.
In the meantime, you’ll find
OMG Squee, two local companies I’ve written about recently, as well as lots of creative jewelers, ceramists, paper craft, leather makers
and even a couple of
young entrepreneurs selling their homemade slime, which, as you know, is
all the rage these days.
Several vendors also sell vintage clothing, but the most interesting product I found on a recent visit was
Canna Bees Rescue Blend, a CBD-infused honey.
The parent company that makes Canna Bees,
Bee Delightful, is a Central Texas bee rescue organization that will soon collect its millionth bee. There are several similar organizations
in the area, but what makes Bee Delightful stand out is that it’s the first CBD-infused honey from Texas on the market.
Here’s how it works: Bee Delightful removes unwanted bees for free from homes and businesses around Central Texas and then
relocates them to hives where they can continue to produce honey. That’s when the cannabidiol, or CBD, comes in.
CBD is one of many cannabinoid molecules produced by cannabis, but unlike THC, it doesn’t result in feeling "high." According
to Canna Bees: "These naturally occurring cannabinoids, or phytocannabinoids, are characterized by their ability to act on
the cannabinoid receptors that are part of our endocannabinoid system. While THC is the principal psychoactive component of
cannabis, CBD is naturally occurring in industrial hemp and another familiar plant product, flax seed."
From talking to several CBD vendors at the
Wellness Expo at this year’s SXSW, I learned that CBD has always been legal, but only in the past few years have we seen consumer products and supplements
more widely available. Millions of Americans now take CBD, sometimes by pill and other times through CBD tinctures, gummies
or CBD-added products, like this honey. The CBD extracts used in Canna Bees come from domestic hemp farms, and the honey is
Although there are few government-approved claims you can make about CBD, many people who take it claim that it helps with
their arthritis and other forms of chronic pain, and researchers are studying its effects on people who have diseases, including
Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and cancer.
Bee Delightful sells two kinds of Canna Bees honey: one with 250 milligrams of CBD and another with 500 milligrams ($50 and
$80, respectively). In addition to buying the honey at the market, you can also find it at several local retail outlets, including
Peoples Rx, Thom’s Market and Sunrise Mini Mart, and online at