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Stinger's Honey & Beeswax

Don't ask beekeeper Joy Stinger what makes her honey taste better than country honey. "I don't know what it is," she insists. "It's city honey! It's better!" Maybe it's her yard's sprawling bundles of mint, its linden tree, or Stinger's twenty years of experience. Or maybe it's her enthusiasm. Stinger can only extract the honey three times a year, and she gets impatient sometimes—removing the comb-lined drawers of her hives earlier than other beekeepers would. The sprightly 71-year-old, a former graphic designer, sells her honey every other Saturday at the Clayton Farmers' Market (8 a.m. till noon, late May through September) and occasionally at the GreenMarket in the Central West End (Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June through October). Stinger is also happy to receive customers at home, where a tour of her miniature urban farm, replete with chickens, roosters and fish, is a must. And yes, that's really her last name.

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