Raw versus conventional honey

Our honey is nearly all sold. If anyone is interested in purchasing the last few jars, please send us a message. The next batch of honey will be available late spring 2017. Last call!

Some folks have questioned why raw honey is favoured over the conventional honey product from supermarkets and big box stores. Firstly, raw honey is normally from your local area and by buying local honey you are supporting your local beekeeper and their bees. These bees are from your environment so you are supporting the ecosystem that you live in. You may not be big enough to solve all the planets problems but you can start in your own backyard and even taste the results. Raw honey contains propolis, pollen, wax and the odd minuscule bee body-part (hence it may not be Kosher). Our honey does not include any antibiotics or fungicides and it is never pasteurized or filtered under pressure. This means that nutrients and pollen remain ensuring the honey will never expire. This same pollen adds vitamin B, enzymes, and antioxidants. It will however crystallize and this is a natural occurring change over time. This change does not affect the taste, quality or product in any way. (Do not refrigerate your honey, this will only speed up the crystallizing process)

So what should you avoid? Honey that is sold in large big box stores, honey that has been heated and/or pasteurized, honey with additives like corn syrup or trace elements of pesticides. Packets of honey. Honey, that looks completely clear and uniform throughout. Honey with additives and words you cannot pronounce, let alone spell. Honey that has been added from other countries is also dubious in my opinion. Many “Graded” jars of Canadian honey have added honey from other countries or continents. How much? You have no idea how they produced, heated or tested their product before it was added to the Canadian honey. To help you out, the Canadian Government has made a web page to inform you of their policies. It can be found here. They seemed to have worked a great deal on the colour of honey, which I suppose is somewhat important. I wish you luck!

Bees at entrance

You will never be sure if your honey is real unless you purchase from a local beekeeper in your area.

How can you help? By supporting local sustainable agriculture. Bees increase crop productivity. Our hives are on a small strawberry farm with an owner that complains about his weeds but rarely does anything about them. That’s a good sign! The bee-friendly flowers from weeds, natural farmland, and roadside wild plants contribute to our honey with that special “floral” aroma which makes it unique. Small, sustainable farmers need local bees, and so do you.

 

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