Get the Buzz on Local Honey | Natural Remedies & Market Suppliers
Honey is a sweet, mellifluous elixir that has been used for its health benefits for many centuries. One of the earliest mentions of honey’s healing properties dates back to 384 BC by Aristotle, and is also mentioned in Proverbs 24:13 as King Solomon says, “My son, eat thou honey, for it is good.” Good is an understatement when you pair the decadently sweet flavor of honey with its many health benefits. Not only is honey a fantastic way to substitute processed sugar, it also adds nutrition and wellness to your diet.
Did you know that honey contains a multitude of vitamins and nutrients? Minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium can be found in honey, in addition to trace enzymes, antioxidants, and amino acids. The most popular use throughout the centuries for this sweet, syrupy product is for its antibacterial properties. Honey leans acidic on the pH scale, which helps reduce bacteria growth and wipe out free radicals. This is also why honey never spoils— yep, you read that right! If you were to find a bottle of honey from Ancient Egypt, it would most likely be okay to consume if stored properly.
Honey is also very useful in reducing symptoms of seasonal allergies, which is where local varieties of honey are important. Local pollen is collected by bees and incorporated in their honey production. Local honey contains enough pollen to make your body begin building antibodies against the allergy, but will only happen over time. A recommended teaspoon of local honey each day is said to help alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms. There are also studies that suggest regular consumption of honey can boost your entire immune system, given its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
It's obvious that honey is a great remedy for you if you are feeling under the weather, but it’s also a great product to include in your diet for overall wellness! Other great benefits of honey include increased energy, improved memory, sleep regulation and soothing acid reflux. As well as being beneficial for several dermatological conditions like acne, dandruff, scrapes/burns, etc. So if you don’t already have a bottle or two of local honey in your pantry, these are several reasons to stock up!
Local Honey Varieties at Farmview Market
Weeks’ Honey Farm
Located in Omega, Georgia, Weeks’ Honey Farm is a supplier of many different types of honey at Farmview Market. Weeks’ prides themselves on offering varieties of honey that are direct from beekeepers and remain unpasteurized, unprocessed and strained— not filtered. Among the types of Weeks’ honey available at our market are wildflower, buckwheat, clover, orange blossom and gallberry. We carry Weeks’ Honey spreads as well.
Holy Smoke Hickory Smoked Carolina Honey
Holy Smoke is an olive oil company based out of Charleston, South Carolina. The team behind Holy Smoke harvests local Carolina honey and cold-smokes it with hickory. The sweet-smoky flavor that this honey blend offers is like no other. You’ll just have to try it!
Honey Creek Bee Farm
The most local of all our honey vendors, Honey Creek Bee Farm is located in nearby Conyers, Georgia. This farm operates under a traditional beekeeping practice that dates to the 1800’s in North Georgia. This family-owned facility uses the practice of Bigham Beekeeping to create their various types of raw honeys. All Honey Creek products at Farmview Market are raw honeys, with some including pieces of the original honeycomb.
Our largest selection of honey products is provided by Zeigler’s in Stockton, Georgia. Beekeeping is a family tradition in the Zeigler family, dating back to the early 1800’s in Haylow, Georgia. Zeigler’s prides itself on the hive-to-home nature of their product as they make a finished product that is all-natural and unfiltered. On the shelves at Farmview Market, you can find Zeigler’s brand wildberry, gallberry, tallow, cranberry, orange blossom, tupelo, and wildflower honeys. We also carry its raw, natural honeycomb squares.
Honey blends supplied by Verdant Kitchen in Savannah, Georgia are great for both wellness and flavor. Truly unique to Verdant Kitchens is the company’s practice of farming Georgia Grown ginger and turmeric at Lebanon Plantation, which is infused in its honeys. We suggest trying their turmeric-infused honey for an extra immunity boost, and the ginger-infused honey to help sooth digestive issues.
Blue Haven Bee Company
This family-operated team turned a hobby into Blue Haven Bee Company. Located in Canon, Georgia, they turned the practices of natural medicine in the “Blue Haven” of the northern Blue Ridge Mountains into a wellness product to be enjoyed by many. Try their varieties of wildflower and gallberry honey, available at Farmview Market.
This unique brand of honey blends originates from Cairo, Georgia— otherwise known as the “Syrup City.” Hot Tar produces blends like rosemary-infused Tupelo honey as well as different honeys made with habaneros for a hot and sweet combination that’s tasty in many dishes. Even their habaneros are Georgia Grown!
We are happy to work with local suppliers and provide some of the best natural products that our region offers. If you have any questions about the uses or health benefits of honey, please let us know. We occasionally offer educational opportunities on beekeeping and other great skills. Buzz on in to Farmview Market to shop for local honey today!