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Easter Ham or Easter Lamb?

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With Easter right around the corner, it’s time to pledge your allegiance: is your family Team Ham or Team Lamb? Before tempers rage and holiday scuffles ensue, let us look at the facts.

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Topics: Insider, Honey, Recipes, Easter, History

Buckwheat: The Guinness of Honeys

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When it comes to bold, full-bodied, complex flavor, one honey rises above the rest. Buckwheat offers a one-two punch of hard and soft — mossy earth followed by a lingering sweetness and a hint of molasses. Honey for the faint-hearted, this is not. All this combined with its dark rusty color and hint of malt is why we give buckwheat the nickname the Guinness of Honeys.

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Topics: Insider, Honey, Recipes, tea, Health

Honey and Tea: An Age-Old Remedy

IMG_0047.jpgWith a stubborn winter still going strong, it’s time to take stock of the all-natural arsenal we have when temperatures outside plunge and our internal temperatures soar. Whether you need to warm up or cool off—adding raw honey to a hot mug of tea can soothe, heal, and revitalize.

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Topics: Insider, Honey, tea, Health

The JAM! Amazing red-red, honey strawberry jam recipe

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I. LOVE. JAM. My favorite is strawberry. I do love apricot, and raspberry, AND the classic grape jelly. It always makes me think about my grandfather, Poppy. I remember him eating cream cheese and grape jelly sandwiches.

My jam making tenets:

  • Always use honey
  • Use local fruit
  • Don't use pectin (or at least not the stuff in the packet)
  • Re-use my leftover honey jars
  • Seal with beeswax

Right now I'm focused on strawberry. I got a nice flat over the weekend from a local Connecticut farm. Not too wet. And not California sweet.

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Topics: Honey, Recipes, Beeswax

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

Real Raw Honey Crystallizes. And That's A Good Thing

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LITTLE UNDERSTOOD. The crystallization of honey is little understood by the consuming public. Many assume that crystallized honey is adulterated or ‘spoiled.’ This is not so.

Real, raw honey crystallizes.

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Topics: Honey, Raw Honey, Crystallization