Monday, March 16, 2009

Honey

We use local honey - it is delicious - and it is good for us. Using local honey is a great help for allergies. Honey contains bits and pieces of pollen, and as an immune system booster, it is quite powerful. Instead of needing a series of allergy immunity shots - you can just use a spoonful of honey in your tea, some honey on your toast - or however you like to use honey. In honey the allergens are delivered in small, manageable doses - and the taste is wonderful - a great bonus.

Use honey that was raised the closest to where you live. Buying honey in the regular grocery store can be good if you live near where it was produced - but it is likely that commercial honey is gathered from many locations and mixed together in huge vats.



Out in the country, near where we live, is the Honey Shack. They have their own bees and collect honey from local areas. You can get blackberry, wild flower, fireweed, snowberry and a lot of other "flavors". Each one is a little different - and all are delicious.




The front door . . .



Step inside - there are jars and jars of honey - pens for writing checks - a little slot for dropping in your money.

There are fun little honey gadgets along the rafters . . .

And this GREAT BIG BEE sitting up in the corner . . .



This guy sits out in the yard - usually he holds a jar of honey but with this cold weather it must be too cold for the honey to be outdoors.

We love honey on biscuits . . .

My honey lives in a Honey Bear - he's lost his label but he still does a good job.

Honey on pancakes is delicious . . .

Sometimes we put honey on our pancakes with peanut butter - yummmma

Oh we love pancakes - Swedish pancakes (although they are served at the Norwegian pancake breakfast - so maybe they are Norwegian pancakes).

And we love potato pancakes - oh wait - this is about honey - got a little sidetracked with the pancakes.

Honey in a cup of tea - ahhh perfection . . .

So that was our honey trip. Two weeks ago we tried to get some honey - drove almost all the way there in the sunshine - and then - - - it started snowing. We had seen the dark clouds gathering and thought it must be snowing someplace - but we didn't think it would snow on us.

By the time we were three miles from the Honey Shack it was snowing so hard that we couldn't see beyond the hood of the car. We found a place to turn around - and got out of there.

By the time we got back to the main road the sun was out again and it remained sunny the rest of the day. They got over 4 inches of snow near the Honey Shack - and we got no snow. Strange weather - but at least this week we got some honey.

Now for a cup of White Tea - with honey, of course. What is your favorite way to serve tea? Do you have a favorite teapot, or a favorite cup?

19 comments:

Screen Door said...

Looks like the seasons are "fighting" to change. I love the look of aging wood.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a great story. We found a little place in the mountains years ago that had an honor system. You could slip your money into a mailbox and take some honey. I don't think people would do that anymore, but it was so cute to see the honey by the side of the road with the "Honor System" sign.

I love all things "tea", so I too would enjoy a spot of tea with honey.

Jocelyn
http://happycottagequilter.blogspot.com/

Linda B. said...

I did not know about the imune thing with honey. I am going to try it. We have a client who makes his own, over on the Hemmi Rd. I certainly recognized your trip, and the crazy weather. Looks like we are in for some more this week.

Crispy said...

Ohhhh honey and biscuits. I guess that's one thing I'm serving with the corned beef tonight. We have really yummy honey here in ND too and lots of farmers sell it. Of course the bees haven't been shipped back from California yet. Have you ever driven behind an 18 wheeler loaded with bees? You HAVE to close the windows LOL.

Crispy

*karendianne. said...

Golly, this is so neat. Never seen anything like it! I have a collection of cups from my friends travels. I use those. Love them!

Ramblings From Spain said...

Wow, I loved your trip! In East Anglia (England) where I'm from, lots of little country houses and farms used to have their surplus veg on the side of the road, and we always used to call the collection tins "honesty boxes".
Great tip about the honey too as I'm allergic to loads of things! Those potato pancakes looked yummy as well, are they a Canadian delicacy? Wow, I'm hungry now!
Great blog x

Moon Daisies said...

Loved the little honey shack, such a delightful place, I use Manuka honey, it has hugely wonderful medicinal powers. As for tea, lots of mugs of `builders tea` otherwise I`d never get through the day!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I had no idea, I need to find a local honey farm.

Lib said...

Hi,
I came here by the way of Feather Spirits, A Great Blog!
I use alot of local honey.
Off to read more of your post!
Blessins',Lib

Sunny said...

Enjoyed your honey post! always good to know where to get local honey. You are right about it being good for fighting allergies, even better if you can get it in the comb, and chew the comb and all because there is even more pollen in the comb. We had honey bees for about 20 yrs. My husband started with 4 hives "to pollinate the garden" and grew to over 1000 hives, trucking them to FL to the orange groves and to ME to pollinate blueberries and cranberries. Around our area we had them in apple orchards as well . I started selling honey from our first few hives, even hand-writing the lables, and grew to supplying sevsral stores and fruit markets with the honey. Then my husband's back got too bad to work bees. We do miss it. I also made beeswax candles and sold at craft fairs. I do still have my candle making supplies and about 100#'s beeswax I kept. Hope to be able to use it again one day. Your post brought back pleasant memories for me!

Sunny said...

BTW, my favorite ways to use honey are in my bread-making, canning peaches and pears, on my cereal, in plain yogurt, on sausage and pancakes, add a little to my chili, and I just don't drink tea without honey!LOL

craftyhala said...

I don't recognize the honey shack. The clouds yes, the shack, no.

Suzanne said...

I love honey. I buy my eggs in the same manner. There are a couple of eggs farms that have serve yourself setups. Thanks for the trip to the honey shack.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Rowan said...

I enjoy borage honey though mostly it's used in hot lemon when I have a cold or a sore throat. As for tea, I'm sure you'll find this quite incredible coming from an Englishwoman but - I don't drink tea, I loathe the stuff! Drank water until I was 13 then discovered coffee. Maybe I'm living on the wrong side of the Atlantic:)

Christine Thresh said...

Interesting post about honey. Now, I'm craving some. I am sure we can find local honey. A beekeeper came to capture a swarm in our yard last year. She used a big vacuum.

Dorothy said...

JoAnn, you write such interesting posts and share wonderful photos. Thank you.

JoyceAnn said...

We just bought local honey too. Honey is good for the immune system and has great healing properties , it will heal cuts , sores.

Now , my favorite cup , was given to me by my daughter. It's a pottery cup with a hummingbird on the side.

It's great to see the honor system still being used , folks here still do that. I've bought collards , flowers and yard sale items , through the honor system. It's a wonderful feeling , makes you feel like all is well with the world ...... for the moment.

~ Sweet Blessings ~
JoyceAnn

Nancy said...

This was fascinating. And made me think of "The Secret Life of Bees."

Amy ~ 12 Acres said...

That honey shack is adorable. I need something like that to sell my extra eggs in! What a great idea.