Check out our all-local raw honey from Busy Bee Honey. We extract several times during the season giving us honey in a variety of colors and flavors. Our early season honey received a blue ribbon and "Excellent" rating at the 2018 Vermont Farm Show honey competition - and that was a jar off the shelf with no special preparation for competition! It looks like the honey on our cover page. The nectar sources in our locale give us some outstanding honey flavor. If you are local, we'll let you taste-test before you decide to buy!
Busy Bee raw honey is never heated or filtered (that’s the definition of raw honey.) Our raw honey is produced from our own local apiaries (places where groups of honeybee hives are located.)
Most supermarket honey is heated to 150°F so it can be filtered to remove the fine (but healthful) pollen grains and bits of beeswax so it will remain liquid on the shelf for a long time. However, heating and filtering remove the finer flavor elements as well as healthful components from the honey. We never heat our honey.
We use no antibiotics and no chemical pesticides in our hives. All of our hive pest control treatments use naturally occurring elements such as thyme, hops, formic or oxalic.
Honeybees collect nectar from trees, shrubs, berry plants, and flowers. Nectar has a very low sugar content like maple sap. The foraging bees bring the nectar back to the hive where other bees store it in the hive honeycomb. Worker bees fan the stored nectar inside the hive to reduce the water content down to 18% moisture or less. At this concentration, the honey will not spoil hence does not need to be refrigerated. By comparison, pure maple syrup in Vermont is about 33% moisture.
Our honey frames are brought directly from our hives to our stainless steel extractor. After the extractor spins the honey from the frames, the honey falls through stainless steel screens into food-grade tanks leaving all of its healthful properties intact. We carefully bottle it fresh by hand into several types of glass honey jars for your enjoyment (we do not use plastic honey jars.)
We hope you enjoy our locally produced raw Busy Bee Vermont honey!
Fred Putnam, Jr.
Vermont Certified Beekeeper
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