The Best Places to Buy Raw Honey
By: Ariana Palmieri
Where are the best places to buy raw honey? Not all honey is created equal, so finding the best honey is well worth the effort. Supermarkets are one of the worst places to find raw honey, because so many brands they sell are just processed honey. You never want to eat processed honey because this destroys the benefits of local raw honey by getting rid of healthy compounds, pollen and enzymes that make raw honey so good for you. So how do you know where to get pure honey?
Don't worry: We're here to help. All you have to do is follow these simple buying rules and you'll be purchasing the best, high quality raw honey in no time. Here are the best places to buy raw honey.
Your best resource for top quality honey will always be a trusted, local beekeeper. Get to know him/ her and ask them about their beekeeping methods. You can learn a lot from their answers, and they'll be more than happy to share how they get the honey with you. Most local beekeepers only offer raw, unprocessed honey with nothing added.
Here in Staten Island, New York, the best local honey you can get is from Beezy Beez. Igor Yakovlev is the beekeeper behind Beezy Beez. He has been beekeeping 5 years commercially and harvests honey from his own hives. He even harvests honey from South Shore homeowners who have the wooden hives in their own yards. Igor also has several hives in Central New Jersey. Once he harvests the raw honey, he takes it back to his USDA-certified warehouse and gets it ready to sell. Beezy Beez honey is not filtered, not pasteurized, and has no questionable additives. His honey and his unique occupation have been featured in the Staten Island Advance where he shares everything you want to know about beekeeping.
If you'd like to try some Beezy Beez honey for yourself, and support a trustworthy local beekeeper, consider buying some Beezy Beez raw honey online. Beezy Beez honey can also be found at several Staten Island, Brooklyn and New Jersey shops. Here's a full list of locations our honey is sold.
Health Food Store
Health food stores are another great place to look for raw honey. That's because health food stores usually stock products with wellness in mind (so why would they settle for honey with no nutritional value what so ever?). You can simply walk in and talk to one of the clerks: They're typically very knowledgeable about health matters and know the difference between raw honey and fake honey. You can ask them if they sell any local raw honey and they will be more than happy to point you in the right direction. Or, you can search the store on your own and find the section where all the honey is.
Our Beezy Beez raw honey can be found at a local health food store on Staten Island called Tastebuds. We sell a slew of our products there, including our hand harvested beeswax and CBD products. If you're a local Staten Islander, head on over and give our buzzworthy products a try.
Farmers Markets + Popup Markets
Another great place to find pure, high quality raw honey is the farmers market. All sorts of local farmers and artisans come together at a farmers market to sell their (top quality) products. You can have in-depth discussions with any of the sellers at these markets about their products because they're proud of them and put a lot of love into them. Many local beekeepers like to sell their honey at the farmers market. Just walk up to their booth, talk to them and take your pick.
Popup markets where artisans sell their high-quality products are great places to find raw honey too. You can find Beezy Beez at local pop up markets all over Staten Island. Stay up to date on where we are next by giving us a follow on Instagram and Facebook. Hope to see you there!
Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with sustainable products and makeup that would benefit the environment. In her spare time she loves to read wellness-related books, devour sushi, drink bubble tea with her boyfriend, and befriend stray cats.