Monday, March 16, 2009
While staying at my in-laws during the bathroom re-model, I noticed that their Wegman's honey is from Argentina & Canada!
Argentina? Do you know how far that honey had to travel to make it to my tea this week! How much fossil fuel was wasted in this effort?? That honey earned more frequent flier miles than my whole family on a recent trip to Florida!
Honey, unlike anything else I can think of (perhaps Milk) is just about the easiest thing you can get locally. Every state has honey bees.
If flowers & crops are growing then bees are making honey somewhere in your neighborhood. It is also comparable in price. (In the summer I get a big quart jar at the farmers market for under $10, so it's much cheaper!)
Eating local honey also helps allergy sufferers (it needs to be local to work!) and helps local agriculture and local beekeepers (many of whom are also farmers) and your local economy.
I think local honey has a better flavor than the run of the mill stuff that you can get in the plastic Sue Bee bear which seems tailored to the lowest common denominator. Whever I go on vacation I try to bring some home with me because I know I can't get that EXACT same product where I live. (It also makes a cheap and clutter free trip souvenier.)
You can probably also find a larger variety of honey, from mild Wildflower to the darkest Buckwheat honey if you get it from local sources rather than your grocery store.
Where to find local honey? Almost any good farm market, farmers market, public market, some gift shops, food co-ops, small grocery stores. It's easy to come by and really embodies the character of your surroundings!