Part of a regular series highlighting new vendors to the Westborough Farmers' Market this season.
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – Sandra Gumz started keeping bees at her Northborough property a couple years ago, and the more time she spent around bees, the more she liked it.
"I just got addicted," she said.
Today, Gumz channels her "addiction" into her small business – Happy Hounds Honey – which has a new booth this season at the Westborough Farmers' Market.
Gumz said that farmers markets offer plenty of exposure to different customers. Westborough's market works for her because it's close to Happy Hounds' home in Northborough.
In Westborough, she sells a variety of beeswax products, including soap, lip gloss, lotion and candles.
She also sells her own raw honey that she harvests herself.
Most honey found on grocery store shelves in pasteurized, a heating process that kills micro-organisms. However, raw honey retains more natural, floral flavor. And, even without pasteurization, honey has a long shelf life.
"It's great for digestion," she said. "It's as natural sugar, and great for allergies."
Happy Hounds is named for Gumz's two adopted greyhounds. Ten percent of Happy Hounds proceeds goes to Greyhound Friends, Inc. in Hopkinton, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds and placing them in homes.
The Westborough Farmers' Market is open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Congregational Church on West Main Street, adjacent to the library.