We pack and sell honey from beekeepers who do not treat their bees with anything including chemicals, organic acids, essential oils, or sugar dusting, who do not medicate their bees with anything including antibiotics and who do not feed their bees with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, pollen substitutes or any other artificial foods. The bees all live in stationary, non-migratory hives and have the pollen and nectars they have collected and processed as their food sources, even through the winter.

 

Our honeys are raw, unheated and unfiltered. Bulk honey is gently warmed in a specially constructed heating cabinet that maintains the temperature within 1 degree F.  No honey ever gets warmer than the conditions in the hive.  We have invested in special equipment to allow us to bottle the honey even when it is crystalized.

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Because the honeys are unfiltered, they all contain traces of pollen, propolis and wax.

 

Golden Rule Honey is currently offering honey from three vastly different producers and geographic areas.

 

Arizona Rangeland Honey, produced by beekeeper Dee Lusby, is from bees that live in the remote desert rangeland of southern Arizona. These bees forage entirely on wild desert flowers and blooming trees on ranches and wildlife preserves, far from cultivated agriculture. The honey that they produce is very thick (around 14% moisture content) with a natural crystal that ranges from smooth and creamy to slightly crunchy as the seasons progress. The flavors and textures of each barrel of honey vary by bee yard location and time of season but generally have a unique buttery undertone with hints of caramel and citrus. As we do not mix or homogenize the barrels, each batch is unique.

 

Kirk Webster's Vermont Honey is produced by beekeeper Kirk Webster in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. This honey has an incredible creamy, silky texture (the moisture content is around 18%) with a very fine, smooth crystal. Many people ask us if it is "creamed honey". It may look and taste that way but we can't take the credit for what the bees do on their own. Vermont generally has one crop per year so this honey is more consistent from barrel to barrel. The current crop has been described by our customers as having subtle flavors of clover, lavender, lemon and apples.

 

Bob Brachmann in western New York State produces a fall honey that has a distinctly buttery taste.  This flavor comes from goldenrod, some batchers are pure, and some have knotweed and aster...all are delicious and memorable.