2020 Honey Info ~ Holiday Gift Idea....
Nature’s Farm Honey 2020
The saying goes "busy as bees" and boy have our bees been busy! It has been a very bountiful year for our honey production, and we are ever so grateful. Share in this season's wonderful harvest by getting some of our local honey. Truly a gift of Nature.
FAQs About Our Honey
"What flavor is it?" - Our honey is never flavored. Every single harvest tastes different, even when the hives are right next to each other! We have had harvests that are dark amber and very molasses tasting to harvests that are almost clear and with a light sweet flavor. We have had our bees next to a lavender field and the honey came out tasting like citrus. Honey is more unique than wine, coffee, or beer in its flavor notes as the product is entirely made by bees and not interfered with by humans. We just manage the hive and collect the honey, comb, and wax. Our bees have access to fruit trees, wildflowers, herbs, grasses, native plants, and mosses. So, if you are looking for a label, you could call it “Seasonal”, but we just call it what it is FRESH RAW LOCAL HONEY. At this time, we are not equipped to G.P.S. our bees to know exactly what nectar source they are foraging from, but as a farmer/botanist, I can tell you approximately, what was blooming around the time we were managing and or harvesting our own honey.
"Does it crystallize?" - Yes, all real raw honey will crystallize. It has to do with the fact that honey is a super-saturated mixture of sugars and liquid. The temperature that the honey is stored at and the moisture content of the honey itself affect how fast a honey will crystallize. Crystallization is NOT BAD. It saves the flavor of the honey, and crystallized honey is great for baking since the crystallization condenses the flavor, making it richer. If you do not like the crystals, just warm the honey up. This will make the crystals melt and the honey will go back to its former smooth self.
"Where is it from? / Is it local?" - Our honey comes from two sites; behind the store (cannot get much more local than that) and at Nature's Farm, which is our biodynamic farm in West Templeton, near Dover Canyon. All our honey comes from our bees, that we farm and manage. All our honey is extracted in stainless steal stored in food grade non-BPA plastic and jarred in our commercial kitchen, Nature’s Food, which is inside Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest, located in Templeton, California