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Stargels revive his grandfather's tradition; add 9-hive apiary at Millerfield

Adair County Farmers Market is new venue for sales
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By Ed Waggener

The honey is Direct from the flower to you, the quart and pint sized jars of honey the labels say, and it's not from just any old flower, Phillip Stargel adds.

"Right now, we're selling honey that comes from the nectar of clover and poplar tree blooms," he said. It does have a distinctive taste, and it's good.

The label features Two Star Honey, a name which is easy to decode if you a good cruxiverbalist. Fay Stargel explained it. "It's the name of our little company," she said. "There's two Stargels, and that's how the name came to be."

"Maggie Stargel" on their literature, is, Fay Stargel says, "Me." Her full name is Maggie Fay Young Stargel. The pint and quart bottles are very attractive, and are packed with the comb in. They've got honeybear containers which are fun, neat-to-use containers, but don't lend themselves to quick, generous slatherings on hot buttered biscuits, the way serious Pooh Bears like the sweetening. Slathering is best done from a jar. The honeybear containers are for samples only, so that's not a problem.

Fay and Phillip Stargel have now made two trips to the Adair Farmers Market. They were skeptical about the prospects, but when they set up there last Friday, June 25, they quickly learned that their product was a hit, and they were back on Tuesday, June 28, with great prospects for making the Adair Farmers Market a regular part of their merchandising program.

The Stargels operate a small apiary, with nine hives. They're reviving a family tradition. "My grandfather, Joe Goodin, had bees years ago," Mr. Stargel says. He has fond memories and decided to continue the tradition. This is their first year with bees for Fay and Phillip Stargel, and so far, it's been good.

They have 3.5 acres at 294 Wesley Goodin Road, Columbia, KY, in northeastern Adair County. Their address is Columbia, but it's geographcally in Millerfield.

The Stargels also offered potatoes, cabbage, and green sweet pepper, and will be adding tomatoes,green beans, and sweet corn later in the season.
Two Star Honey
294 Wesley Goodin Road
Columbia, KY 42728



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Honey has sweet debut at farmers' market

2005-06-29 - Farmers Market, Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Fay and Phillip Stargel, of the Millerfield area, offer their Two Star Honey, Direct from flower to you, along with some splendid garden truck, at the Adair County Farmers Market. Tuesday, June 28, 2005, was their second day of vending at the location.
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