We’re all abuzz about local honey!
Did you know that Madison is a hub for local honey? There’s even a Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, established way back in 1964 by Wisconsin beekeepers to protect the local honey market, educate consumers, and conduct research to protect the honey industry from environmental changes. The Dane County Beekeepers Association is another great source for information about local beekeeping and honey production.
Purchasing local honey supports local beekeepers and is of course a delicious way to incorporate local food into your diet. Honey has health benefits galore, and is a great alternative to refined sugars.
Here are a few options for purchasing local honey in Madison:
- Iron Works Café offers honey in 8 oz. bottles from The Goodman Youth Farm. Proceeds support the beekeeping program at the Youth Farm and the Seed To Table alternative high school program at the Goodman Community Center.
- Bee Charmer, from the Brooklyn area, offers honey for sale at the Dane County summer farmers’ market and online.
- Honey Kurt from the Blue Mounds/Mount Horeb area offers honey purchases by phone at 608-277-0251.
- Willy Street Co-op offers white clover Gentle Breeze Honey from Mt. Horeb in the bulk (as well as in jars). You can also buy Gentle Breeze online here.
- Turtle Hill Wilds produces wild food, including honey, and wild lumber products in Blanchardville. 608-523-4213, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/TurtleHillWilds.
- Honey is available by the gallon from Brad Moore of B’s Honey in Mazomanie. He sells at the WestSide Community Market at Hilldale (during the season). 608-669-2669.
- Dancing Bee Honey Farm also sells honey in bulk or in smaller jars – contact information is available on their website.
- MADbees/Dane County Beekeepers Association may be able to put you in touch with folks with surplus honey they’d be interested in selling. Check their website for contact information. \
- Kicking Bear Apiaries sells honey in jars but also in beautiful, slender bottles – perfect for a gift! You can order through their website.
And this is just the beginning of a list – who are we missing? Let us know your favorite sources for local honey, and feel free to leave suggestion on your favorite way to use it!