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Best local raw honey

Apologies if this has been covered (didn't find any threads), but I'm looking for any recommendations on the best locally-produced, raw honey available. Google brings up a few vendors (Ames Farm, Bare Honey, Beez Kneez), but any recommendations/suggestions are appreciated!

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  1. For actual branded honey, I'm partial to Ames Farm because they're hyper local to me, it's sold at my co-op and I know them to be thoughtful land stewards. It's what I buy when I run out of what I get from beekeeping friends and friends of friends. It's nice that they offer single source varieties, too.
    I got some from a producer someplace up near Anoka at the farmers market last summer--"hot honey" with chili peppers in it which is awesome on cornbread.
    I'm really not picky, but the closer to me the better. Anything from anyone local.

    1. There is one from Sogn Valley that I get at Whole Foods (and see at the co-ops). It's really tasty! It comes in a big mason-type jar and it never lasts long in our house.

      1. I buy one at Mississippi Market that comes in Mason jars and is from Dennison, MN. I don't remember the name. Wonderful and a bit less expensive than Ames Farm.

        1. Beez Kneez will be at the Kingfield Holiday market on Sunday. I expect that Havliceks will have some of their honey too, as well as some delicious apples.

          1. BeesKnees - deliver locally by bicycle
            Bare Honey on the Saint Paul Side
            Wolf in Western Wisconsin comes to the St Paul Market
            Eat your daily honey!

            1. Just today I noticed Minnesota Honey Company near 50th & Xerxes. I did not stop in but I see from their website they have a tasting bar.

              http://mnhoney.net/aboutus.html

              1. My Christmas stocking contained a little jar of Ames Farm Buckthorn honey. I haven't tried it yet, but I've loved all their other single-source honeys (especially the August Melon). If you haven't tried any Ames Farm honey, I highly recommend it.

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                1. re: AnneInMpls

                  I love the Ames Buckthorn. I've not been able to find it recently. Enjoy!

                  1. re: bob s

                    Bob, Ames Farm has it available on their website - http://www.amesfarm.com/collections/s....

                    I'm not associated with them in any way, but they are local to me and I like to support the little guy. :)

                    1. re: justalex

                      Thanks! I checked this fall and they were out of stock, so I figured that they were out for the season.

                    2. re: bob s

                      I found the Buckthorn honey at Midtown Global market. (Yes, I stuff my own Christmas stocking - pathetic, I know, but I get the things I really want!) Perhaps they might still have some of those lovely mini jars left over?

                  2. Another Ames fan here, especially for slightly unusual single-source varieties. I really enjoyed the honeydew honey they had this year.

                    Also, the University of Minnesota entomology graduate students sell local honey every year just before the holidays in early December. The 5lb jugs are a pretty great deal. It's usually a mix of wildflower and basswood, though they had some separate buckwheat this year too. It is as minimally processed as possible (basically just spun out of the frames and filtered to remove any bee body parts). They may still sell some 12oz bears of honey at other times of the year if you try contacting them. Here is their info: http://frenatae.umn.edu/products-sale/