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We have a small apiary and harvest honey twice a year, usually in July and October. The Spring honey is lighter, comprised mostly of black locust, clover, and sometimes basswood. The Fall honey is darker, and is mostly made from goldenrod and aster nectar, with some knotweed and knapweed. Our honey is totally raw and minimally filtered, so it contains all the enzymes, pollen, and antibodies that make it more medicine than food. But this does mean that it tends to crystallize, the Fall honey much sooner than the Spring honey.
|Raw Fall Honey (Shelterbelt Farm)|
This is pure raw honey, the best food and medicine invented by nature, gathered by our bees in Brooktondale. It is minimally filtered and never heated, so it retains its live enzymes. Honey is like wine; different every season depending on weather and nectar flows. This honey has a dark color and a smoky floral flavor, and is most likely a mix of goldenrod, knapweed, knotweed, buckwheat, clover, and other flowers. Honey is the one food that never ever spoils (unless it gets water in it, in which case it will ferment). Raw honey is often quick to crystallize, especially Fall honey. Ours has crystallized into a lovely spreadable texture, like honey butter. If you prefer liquid honey you can gently warm it by setting the honey jar into a pot of warm water. This honey is packaged in a reusable glass jar.