Raw Honey - Niagara Peninsula
I was extolling the virtues of raw honey in California to my friend who lives in Welland and she was wondering where a good source in her area would be... Considering the wealth of agriculture and vineyards in the Niagara Peninsula, I'm sure there's got to be a bunch, but does anyone have ideas for a good starting point/personal faves?
Your friend will have to do a search for honey producers or apiarists in the small towns. There will be several, mostly closer to the fruit farms (peaches, cherries, etc), requiring bees for pollination. Most producers will pasteurize the honey and send it off to Billy Bee, but some will hold back raw honey for local sale. Raw honey is filtered loosely through screens, and there may be health department restrictions, so you will have to check.
I am originally from Niagara, Smithville, to be exact. Honey can be found in Beamsville. We used to always go here:
CHARLIE BEE HONEY
Your friend would do well to visit the Welland farmers' market, which runs year-round on Saturdays. It is one of the best farmers' markets anywhere, especially in growing season. Charlie Bee in Beamsville is a great suggestion too.