Spring Honey is Floral, Sweet, and Exclusive to us.
Spring Honey is our estate-grown “Grand Cru” honey that the bees produce during springtime from April to mid-June. We allow the capped frames to cure for a few weeks and harvest somewhere around the second week of July just before the goldenrod starts to bloom. Nothing against goldenrod, it seems to add a layer of complexity that doesn’t flow well with the ultimate floral nose that this honey offers up.
Simply put this honey is absolutely delicious and by far the best-selling honey from our Honey House. We produce approximately 30-40 gallons of this artisanal honey each year regardless of the number of hives we have.
Black locust is one of the largest nectar sources on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. In Europe, it is known as the “Acacia” tree. Our Spring Honey has a lower acid content than other honey. Its high fructose content means that it will stay liquid for a long time.
Spring Tasting Notes
Color: Bright yellow to light amber
Aroma: floral beyond your wildest imagination
Taste: Features notes of apple, pear, black locust, lavender, tulip poplar, wild blueberry, blackberry, clover, Tupelo and lots of wildflowers. Very bright, bold and floral.
This honey being both bold and fragrant goes very well with greek yogurt or bold cheeses and nuts. Try in raw food recipes, on fruits and veggies, on lavender ice cream and in chamomile tea.
Ways to use Spring Honey
Try using our Spring and Autumn Honey for immunotherapy.
These terrific recipes are both delicious and nutritious Oatmeal Walnut and Dried Plum Cookies. This savory and sweet and spicy chili finishes with a little kick. For a special treat (cheat) try these gourmet lavender marshmallows.
Raw, pure, and Star K Certified Kosher.
Good Food Awards Finalist 2016
Every Honey Tells a Story
I started beekeeping six years ago and covered all of the details in my blog and my YouTube channel. My mentor, Dale Large, a fifty-plus-year beekeeping veteran has taken the lead with my apiary and I am his devoted protégé. I am blessed and humbled by the amazing honey that the bees are making – from our farming efforts, and continue to expand to increase the amount of honey that I can offer from my own apiary on Chesterhaven Beach Farm.
About Small Batch Artisanal and Varietal Honey
Like wine reflects the complexity of the soil and weather, honey tells the story of the hive surroundings in the same way. Our Waxing Kara® honey is nature’s blend from Chesterhaven Beach Farm. Each year, we add more plants and trees to support the bees. This is a years-long process, and each year the honey will be different.
Varietal Honeys (made with nectar from one type of crop) are true labors of love by the beekeeper, who carefully sets hives in the center of cultivated fields for bees to provide pollination services just for the brief time of blossoming. Since bees will fly up to six miles to find nectar, the challenge in achieving varietal honey is to provide enough crops of one type to satisfy the hive.
We don’t do any fancy blending, colorizing or infusing, nor do we pasteurize or boil honey. Pasteurization destroys all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and minerals in honey. We sell only raw honey that’s been minimally filtered. We grow our own and buy from other small growers to keep pace with growing demand for honey in our region. We bottle, label and package by hand at our Honey House in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Care of Honey
Honey is a “perfect” food with an indefinite shelf life. Store in airtight glass, away from direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate. It’s not unusual for some honey to crystalize over time. It’s not a bad thing, it proves the honey is raw. If cloudy or crystallized honey doesn’t appeal to you, reconstitute by placing the glass jar in a pan of water that has been brought to a boil and removed from heat.
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