The 2021 season has been a disaster for Sicilian honey and tomato production, up to 80 percent less than expected. Heatwaves with peaks that reached 48.5°C, lack of rain, and wildfires contributed to the bad season.
Our partner beekeeper Rosa Sutera said she extracted only 25 kilos of thyme honey in 200 hives. “Many bee families left their hives due to excessive heat", she said.
Michele Russo, who makes quality sauces using fresh tomatoes from his own farm in Caltagirone and local farms too, said tomatoes were severely damaged by sunburn.
What This Means For You
I regret to inform customers that neither honey nor tomato sauce will be available in our online shop during the 2021-22 season.