I thought it might be nice to have a thread to aggregate comments on local honey. By local I mean it should fit the geographical parameters of this board, i.e. the nine Bay Area counties.
I was prompted to do this by some honey I bought this afternoon. Understand, I don't need honey. I have lots of honey. But the produce stand outside Half Moon Bay where I was buying peas had quite a few varietal and local honeys, and I couldn't resist.
Montara Meadows wildflower honey. This is a really pretty reddish dark amber. It's very strong and complex, with almost molasses-like notes. Nice article about the beekeeper, too: http://www.hmbreview.com/community/ar...
The honey sold by Filoli is delicious. Light and floral, very fragrant. I believe it comes from their hives on the estate. You can buy it in their gift store and cafe. It is one of our go-to gifts during the holidays.
86 Canada Rd, Woodside, CA
I love Branches Blackberry honey; I eat it with yogurt and fruit. I believe that it is local, but it is hard to tell where they actually gather this particular honey from... The producer, Katz (I love their vinegars too) is located in Napa, but they have some ranches/farms outside of the Bay Area as well.
I've seen their honey, though perhaps not all varieties, at Berkeley Bowl (Oregon store) at some point.
Speaking of blackberry blossom honey, I do like the one Berkeley Bowl sells in bulk containers, though I don't know where in California it is sourced.
2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703
There was a sign for local honey at the intersection of route 92 and skyline blvd. There's a dirt turnoff on the north side by the entrance to the chapel of the chimes. I did not stop and enter.
I love, and I mean LOVE Marshall Farm Honey in American Canyon! Awesome variety with depth of flavor and they have hives throughout the bay area. I mean if Thomas Keller uses it that is recommendation enough.