Local Raw Honey for Fall – While it Lasts
Well, the local raw honey is probably still available, because it doesn’t seem to last long once we put the word out.
As many of you know, our friend, neighbor, mentor and partner-in-a-few-things, Mr. Sam has 20 or so bee hives. He just started slinging honey from them for the fall. So far, he’s harvested about 16 gallons, or 120 pints. He still has more to do, but what he has already harvested is jarred and ready.
Local raw honey is a wonder product. It has so many health benefits and first aid properties, and it’s an absolute dream to bake with. In our family, we use it in bread recipes, we put it on cuts and scrapes, we seep onions in it as a cough suppressant, we use it as an antibiotic, which was very successful when our youngest contracted impetigo. Although our doctor had prescribed an antibiotic, we weren’t comfortable with the idea of the possible side effects. Honey did the job over the course of a week or so.
And, if by accident, you eat one of those super hot peppers, it’s also pretty effective at cooling the burn on your tongue, not that I have any experience in that…
Ideally, the more local you can raise or buy honey, the better, as the bees are using the plants and pollen from right where you are. Located here in Stedman, NC, Mr. Sam’s bees work only the local woods and pastures, and the flowers and plants that are growing in this area to produce their honey. He uses no sugar water, high fructose corn syrup or any other aid in producing honey.
The spring honey is light enough to see through, a pretty, light golden color, and it has a floral or fruity taste that comes from the berries, flowers and plants that are emerging in the spring.
The fall honey is dark and rich and has a sweet, rich flavor which reflects the plants the bees have been working throughout the summer and fall, including different tree pollens, grapes, sorghum and flowering shrubs.
If you want clean, local honey from bees raised on land without pesticides or chemicals, you may want to get some of this fall honey. It will likely be the last batch available until spring, so get what you need for the holidays and the winter. Once it’s gone, it’s gone until the bees get back to business in the spring.
Call us and let us know if you need some or reach us thru our Facebook page.