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Raw Honey Spotlight: What Is Varietal Honey?

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One hundred percent raw, real varietal honey.

Sounds good, right? But what does it mean? The raw part is easy: raw honey has not been processed, heated or filtered. (You could just as well call it unadulterated, but that didn’t fit on our jar.)

In other words, raw honey comes straight from the hive. It can be strained to remove large particles and other non-honey elements, but the honey itself, including the pollen, remains.

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Topics: Insider, Raw Honey, Beekeepers

High Altitude Honey: Secrets of the Mountaintop Honey Harvest

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For some, urban rooftop honey is about as high altitude as it gets. But it gets even higher. And the higher it gets, the more difficult it is to pull off making and harvesting honey. Below, long-time bee keeper Jean Vasicek shares her high-altitude secrets and what she does throughout the summer and into the fall to keep her bees alive throughout the year.

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Topics: Insider, Beekeepers, Bee Life, How-to, Protecting Bees and Pollinators

Nature's Conditioner: 11 Ways to Use Butchwax

IMG_0058.jpgAt Bee Raw we’re not content to let honey steal all the attention. We’re out to save the bees, after all, so the more bee-related products we can conjure up, the better the bees', and their beekeepers', fighting chances.

Enter Butchwax, our concoction of beeswax, jojoba oil, and essential oils. Centuries ago, everyone from Midwestern farmers to Thomas Jefferson used beeswax for anything in need of moisturizing or conditioning. And why not? As we find again and again in our quest for sustainability, nature’s way is the best way.

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Topics: Insider, Beekeepers, Sustainability, Beeswax, Health

Aster Honey Will Be Back

We recently sold out of our 2014 harvest of NY Aster flower honey. Ordinarily, once a honey is gone, it won't be available again until the next year's harvest. Single-varietal honey made from Aster flowers is harvested late in the season, usually September or even October. The 2015 Aster harvest might therefore not be available for purchase until November or even December. 

So, we thought we'd check in with Bruce, our Beekeeper

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Topics: Insider, Honey, Beekeepers