Monday, March 16, 2009

Oh Honey!

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!


Karley Ziegler Mott said...

I agree!!!

I get my Wildflower Honey from the b & b in Mumford (it's Dawes from Nunda) and my most favorite Buckwheat honey is Doan's (made in Hamlin). I know they're both available in so many places.

I was surprised reading the back of my Wegmans Clover Honey before. I assumed it was made locally. Some of their honey varieties are made in the US (where I do not know), some in Canada, some are from across the globe. It is baffling to me!

I agree--local honey justs tastes better, not to mention the fact that you're helping your local economy when you buy it!

Christine said...

You were the one who turned me on to the buckwheat honey sold at Aman's!

I had a delicious one last summer that I got at the public market that was a lovely amber color-I wish I could remember what it was. But I'll be looking there again as the weather warms up and I get back out there!

Unknown said...

I heard Buckwheat honey a very good home remedy for when you or your LOs have a cough.

I'm waiting to use up my Wegmans brand to pick up some local honey and I have to say I'm very excited to taste the difference.

I'm not sure if this is the place to post this questions but it kinda relates. I bought some local pure Maple syrup this fall from the farm market near me and I've notice that it's started to crystalize. I still have 1/2 that is liquid but the rest is solid. I'm assuming I will be able to "melt" it but not sure of which method to use. Any suggestion? Should I have stored it in some special way?

Christine said...

I remember my mom "melting suyrp' that had hardened by putting the jug in hot water. That may have been before we had a microwave so you could probably melt it in your microwave the same way you can do honey.

Unknown said...

Thank you for the tip! I was going to try the hot water first thinking it might be safer than the microwave.