We believe the best honey is raw, unfiltered, and sourced from a local beekeeper. And that’s exactly what we sell in our store.
We find and develop relationships with small beekeepers across the US, screen their products for quality, and sell their honey in our store.
Why raw, unfiltered, and locally sourced?
Raw honey differs from regular honey in that, it has never been heated past temperatures that naturally occur in the hive. As bees deposit nectar (what becomes honey) into their hives, the temperature inside can climb as high 100+ degrees Fahrenheit; however, most of the honey you’ll find in grocery stores has been heated far beyond this temperature. Large producers will usually heat honey to make it faster and easier to filter and bottle. The heating process (often referred to as pasteurization) damages or destroys many of the key nutrients in raw honey, including: naturally occurring enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
After pasteurization, large bottlers and distributors will often filter honey through a fine grain filter in order to rid the honey of any visual impurities (bits of honeycomb, bee parts, bee pollen, etc). Since bee pollen is a source of many nutrients, including protein, vitamins, and antioxidants, the filtering process further removes nutrients from the end product. [Side note on bee pollen: it’s believed by many that bee pollen can offer some allergy symptom relief.]
The best way to ensure you’re buying raw unfiltered honey is to work directly with a local beekeeper to understand his or her process for gathering, bottling, and distributing their honey. We’ve taken care of that for you by screening all of the beekeepers we’ve partnered with...so that when you place an order with us, you can be sure that it’ll truly be raw unfiltered honey arriving at your doorstep.