Q: Where can I buy your honey?
A: On the ‘Home Page’ under the photo of beehives you will see a drawing of a honey jar, with the words “Where to buy our honey”, click on that and it will take you to the page listing the retail outlets that carry our products.
Q: Can I buy honey directly from you and what are your prices?
A: Yes you can BUT it may be more convenient to purchase from one of the stores near you as they have set hours and we are not home all the time. See the map with our address on the “Contact Us” page. Please call ahead to make an appointment and I will gladly quote prices on the phone or by email. If you feel you MUST buy directly from our home I would appreciate that you show up ON TIME.
Q: Is your honey RAW?
A: Yes. Technically All of our Honey is considered RAW because it is not pasteurized and not micron filtered. Our honey leaves the extractor and is run through a stainless steel clarifier to separate the honey and any large wax particles or bees then it is run through a stainless steel screen to remove any fine wax particles but this does not remove any pollen.
Q: What exactly is RAW Honey?
A: Raw simply means not pasteurized and not highly filtered. Honey is a super-saturated solution, very viscous and very low in moisture, so it is self-preserving and does not need to be pasteurized to be packaged. You may have seen raw honey advertised that is chunky and filled with wax particles and specks that fly off the combs after being uncapped during the extraction process. There is no need to eat honey with unknown particles in it to be considered raw. Most commercial honey packers will filter their honey through diatomaceous earth, giving it a longer shelf life before it crystallizes but this also filters out any pollen. Honey will sometimes transform into a semi-solid (crystallized) state, this happens when it is kept in cool conditions. I have many customers insisting that only crystallized honey is raw. This in fact is not true. Most honeys will crystallize over time, even those that have been highly filtered, if stored at temperatures around 57 – 60 degrees F.
Think about this: when honey bees make honey it is raw and NOT crystallized! It is in liquid form.
Q: I have a jar of honey that got “all funny”, sort of solid, mostly on the bottom of the jar, is this still good to eat?
A: Yes, Honey does not spoil. As I mentioned in the question above. Honey is very viscous and actually unstable as a liquid so when stored at cool temperatures, below 60 degrees F it will tend to form crystals which will sink to the bottom of the jar. This is quite natural and does not spoil the honey. To bring it back to its liquid state place the jar in a sauce pan of hot water till the crystals melt. Do not microwave honey.
Q: Is your honey Clover honey?
A: I am quite sure that our honey contains some clover honey, but to be honest it is a mixture of all the nectars the bees brought back to the hive from the flowers that were in bloom when they harvested it. Our honey bees gather nectar from all of the natural wild flowers and trees and turn it into the most delicious Wild Flower Honey you have ever tasted.
Q: I’m looking for local honey. Is your honey local?
A: Our hives are located throughout the Lehigh Valley area, so yes I produce honey from the Lehigh Valley area. You may see information on the internet advertising honey by zip codes. Is this a joke or what? Honey bees do not read zip codes. Honey bees gather nectar from flowers all around them and they will travel a distance as far as 2-3 miles from their hive in search of the sweetest nectar to make their honey. With the demand being greater than what I am able to produce I do purchase/trade with other Pa. beekeepers near me. I know many beekeepers who wish to keep bees but are not interested in packing & selling on the retail end so I will work with them and acquire honey to supplement my needs. As I state on my label: “Produced by: Pa. Honey Bees, Packed by: Bill Mondjack”.
Q: Why are some honeys light in color and some dark?
A: Honey is produced by honey bees from the nectar of flowers. The color and flavor of honey is governed by the nectar source (the flowering plants) from which the bees gathered it from. In the U.S. there are over 300 known varieties of honey. Here in the Lehigh Valley our honey is a blend of what the bees gathered during a season. We usually harvest a light to medium amber color honey during the summer and a darker amber color honey from the fall nectar flow.
Q: Is the dark honey a lower grade honey or inferior?
A: No, as I mentioned above: The color and flavor of honey varies by the source of nectar. When honey bees gather nectar from plants like clover, alfalfa & Black Locust (summer blooms) they produce a very light colored honey with a mild flavor, the nectar gathered from the late summer and fall nectar flows produce a darker honey. Usually lighter honeys are mild and darker honeys have more flavor. See my note on our HOME page describing the benefits of ‘Darker Honey’.
Q: I own a store…Can I purchase your Honey wholesale?
A: Yes you can set up a wholesale account. Contact me directly, see info on the Contact Us page.
Q: Do you ship honey?
A: Yes, but take into consideration that honey is heavy and shipping may cost half as much as the product. We also do not care to ship honey in glass containers. I do ship plastic containers and 5 gal. buckets of honey.
Q: What is Creamed Honey and what do you do with it?
A: Creamed Honey is pure honey that is crystallized under controlled conditions so the crystals are very small and the texture is smooth and creamy on your tongue.
A: Creamed honey is honey in a semi-solid state so it is “spreadable”. You can spread it on toast, english muffins, waffles, etc. Add a dollop to a bowl of hot cereal or to your fruit smoothies. You can use creamed honey anywhere you would use liquid honey and it won’t drip.
Q: What is Comb Honey and what do you do with it?
A: Comb Honey is a piece of beeswax honey comb taken right from the beehive. The bees deposit the nectar of flowers into hexagon shaped cells made of pure virgin beeswax, evaporate the moisture from it by fanning their wings until it is thickened into honey. This is honey in it’s most natural state. It is removed from the hive and sold in a container about 4″ square. You can eat comb honey by the spoonful or slice it off with a knife and spread it on toast. You can swallow the beeswax if you choose or not. Beeswax is totally NON allergenic to all humans.
Q: Do you sell pollen? I’ve read: it is healthy for you.
A: After doing some research on pollen and its contents I decided it is not as healthy as some may think. First of all it is not a food item found in produce stores. If you have read about the benefits of eating pollen then read this: “What have pesticides got to do with it?” In this report, you will read: “In a total of 108 pollen samples analyzed, 46 different pesticides including six of their metabolites were identified.” After reading this study, completed in 2007, it is my personal opinion, this should not be marketed as a food item.