Ionel and Irina Alecu moved to Canada in 2002, just a few months before our market at Dufferin Grove opened. Their first Canadian jobs were working as the superintendents of an apartment building, but by 2005, Ionel was keeping hives in bee yards close to wildflower fields and conservation areas, and Bees Universe was born. In 2007, they left the city behind, moving their family to a farm in ‘the snowbelt’ near Innisfil.

Beekeepers face many challenges beyond stings: pesticides, bee mites, and competition from cheap imported honey have made it very hard to earn a livelihood, but ‘Honey Man John’ and Irina bring good cheer to the market year-round.

They sell honey, honey comb, bee pollen, propolis (and tincture), fresh frozen royal jelly, beeswax candles and foodwraps –just about everything in the Bees Universe! In addition, they have an on-farm egg grading station, and bring eggs from free-range chickens and ducks to the market. Irina is always ready to give you a taste of delicious honey, and when John is at the table, he can also sharpen your knives.

*In some rare and regrettable circumstances we may need to substitute slightly different egg sizes.

NamePicCategoryStockPriceBuy
Pine Cone Candle (14oz)
Pine Cone Candle (14oz)

25 in stock

$21
Moose Cylinder Candle (7oz)
Moose Cylinder Candle (7oz)

25 in stock

$14.50
Spiral Pillar Candle(14oz)
Spiral Pillar Candle(14oz)

25 in stock

$21.50
HoneyComb Pillar Candle (12oz)
HoneyComb Pillar Candle (12oz)

25 in stock

$19
Lighthouse Pillar Candle(6oz)
Lighthouse Pillar Candle(6oz)

25 in stock

$13.50
Rustic Pillar Candle (10oz)
Rustic Pillar Candle (10oz)

25 in stock

$17
Flower Candle
Flower Candle

99 in stock

$5
Honeycomb
Honeycomb

19 in stock

$10
Beeswax Snowflake Shaped Candle (1)
Beeswax Snowflake Shaped Candle (1)

100 in stock

$1
Beeswax Candle Tealights (8)

30 in stock

$10
Beeswax Food Wrap 29.5 x 29.5cm
Beeswax Food Wrap 29.5 x 29.5cm

50 in stock

$8
Beeswax Food Wrap 20 x 20cm
Beeswax Food Wrap 29.5 x 29.5cm

50 in stock

$6
Beeswax Gift Shaped Candle (1)
Beeswax Gift Shaped Candle (1)

100 in stock

$1
Pack of 12 Beeswax Christmas Candles
Pack of 12 Beeswax Christmas Candles

20 in stock

$12
Beeswax Candle heart shape (2.4oz)
Beeswax Candle heart shape (2.4oz)

49 in stock

$5
Skin Cream 50g
Skin Cream 50g

100 in stock

$16
Beeswax Pillar spiral octagon (18oz)
Beeswax Pillar spiral octagon (18oz)

40 in stock

$23
Honeystix plain honey (3)
Honeystix cinnamon honey (3)

100 in stock

$1
Honeystix ginger honey (3)
Honeystix cinnamon honey (3)

100 in stock

$1
Honeystix cinnamon honey (3)
Honeystix cinnamon honey (3)

100 in stock

$1
Honey with Collagen
Honey with Collagen

100 in stock

$10
Beeswax Votive Candles (3)
Beeswax Votive Candles (3)

49 in stock

$12
Beeswax Long Taper Candles (2)
Beeswax Long Taper Candles (2)

29 in stock

$15
Skin Cream 70g
Skin Cream 70g

100 in stock

$20
Sunflower Honey

100 in stock

$10
beeswax candles big heart 2 wicks (15oz)
beeswax candles big heart 2 wicks (15oz)

40 in stock

$20
beeswax candles pillar cylinder (narrow tall, 9oz)
beeswax candles pillar cylinder (narrow tall, 9oz)

40 in stock

$14
beeswax candles pillar cylinder (narrow small 5oz)
beeswax candles pillar cylinder (narrow small 5oz)

40 in stock

$10
beeswax candles pillar hexagon (14oz)
beeswax candles pillar hexagon (14oz)

40 in stock

$19
beeswax candles pillar prism (7oz)
beeswax candles pillar prism (7oz)

40 in stock

$12
beeswax candles star (flat, 2 wicks, 13oz)
beeswax candles star (flat, 2 wicks, 13oz)

40 in stock

$18
beeswax candles star (tall, 15oz)
beeswax candles star (tall, 15oz)

40 in stock

$20
beeswax candles pillar cylinder (wide tall 22oz)
beeswax candles pillar cylinder (wide tall 22oz)

40 in stock

$27
Beeswax candles pillar cylinder (wide small 14oz)
Beeswax candles pillar cylinder (wide small 14oz)

40 in stock

$19
Total Bee Honey 335g

100 in stock

$30
Beeswax Candle Hive (small 1.2oz)
Beeswax Candle Hive (small 1.2oz)

100 in stock

$3
Beeswax Candle Hive (big 1.8oz)
Beeswax Candle Hive (big 1.8oz)

100 in stock

$4
Beeswax Food Wrap 24.5 x 24.5cm
Beeswax Food Wrap 29.5 x 29.5cm

40 in stock

$7
Large Eggs (12)
Large Eggs (12)

68 in stock

$7
Extra Large Eggs (12)
Jumbo Eggs (12)

42 in stock

$8
Duck Eggs (12)
Duck Eggs (12)

10 in stock

$10
Beeswax Lipbalm
Beeswax Lipbalm

100 in stock

$5
Beeswax Candle Tealights (12)
Beeswax Candle Tealights (12)

30 in stock

$15
Beeswax Short Taper Candles (2)
Beeswax Long Taper Candles (2)

30 in stock

$10
Beeswax 1lb chunk
Beeswax 1lb chunk

100 in stock

$16
Beeswax 1oz
Beeswax 1oz

100 in stock

$1
Medium Eggs (12)
Medium Eggs (12)

44 in stock

$6
Bee Pollen
Bee Pollen

100 in stock

$10
Propolis Tincture
Propolis Tincture

100 in stock

$17
Skin Cream 35g
Skin Cream 35g

100 in stock

$12
Ginger Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$10
Turmeric Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$10
Cinnamon Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$10
Cocoa Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$10
Pollen Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$10
Propolis Honey
Propolis Honey

99 in stock

$15
Wildflower Honey 3 kg
Wildflower Honey 3 kg

100 in stock

$45
Wildflower Honey 1kg
Wildflower Honey 1kg

100 in stock

$16
Wildflower Honey 500g
Wildflower Honey 500g

99 in stock

$9
Wildflower Honey 335g
Wildflower Honey 335g

100 in stock

$8
Creamed Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$10
Blueberry Honey
Propolis Honey

100 in stock

$10
Buckwheat Honey
Buckwheat Honey

100 in stock

$10
Royal Jelly

100 in stock

$15