Honey has always been a treat for me. I love it spread on toast, slathered on a biscuit, or stirred into cornbread batter. Because my dad never seemed to have the willpower to pass up a produce stand without buying honey, it was a staple of my childnood.
I too, love to buy honey, and I always try to buy it locally. There are two local favorites that I want to mention. The first is Dana's Honey Sales. I first met this adorable husband and wife team at The Apple Festival in Erwin, TN. They have several varieties of honey, made from various flowers. Right now, I have jars of their star thistle and thistle and goldenrod. They also sell honey sticks, which are sort of like Pixie Sticks, fillled with honey. If you attend a festival in Northeast TN or Southwest VA, chances are, you will see a table for Dana's Honey Sales. This couple has an amazing passion for what they do and a vast knowledge base about honey and its many uses.Here is their information:
Dana's Honey Sales
Lebanon, VA 24266
The second vendor I want to mention is Honeyberry Farm. Earlier this week, I signed books at The Virginia Highlands Festival. I was seated across from their booth, and was amazed at all of the unique products. I sampled some of their Rosemary Balsamic Honey Jelly, and was sold. This is a delightful, award-winning blend of sweet, tangy, and woodsy. It is so good mixed with cream cheese and spread on a bagle. I cannot wait to try this as a glaze for chicken, pork, or baby carrots. Here is their site:
If you haven't seen it, a really great movie about a bee keeper is Ulee's Gold, starring Peter Fonda! It would be great to watch while drinking a steaming cup of tea sweetened with honey. I learned so much about honey making just from this movie.