Is providing the best habitat for the honeybees here in the USA important? Does it make a difference what the honeybee forages on? We are fortunate in the land of Angora Minnesota to produce one of the worlds premium honey crops. A mineral rich area coupled with just the right PH level, gives the diverse alpine wildflower their unique nectar. 100% honey collected from the botanical base and unpasteurized processing, delivered from the beekeeper direct to your table. We do not migrate colonies to other locations and expose them to fungicides or other contamination. No blending, no alteration, just what the bees produce naturally through the honey flow.
The agricultural community produces timber and hay in this area. Amazing how close this land is to being organic. The natural uncontaminated forage provides remarkable benefits for honeybees. The farmers turn the fields every four years, and plant barley (1st year) and a grass seed/clover mix (remaining 3 years). Before they turn the ground, they throw manure on top for fertilizer, and turn it in during spring planting. Every eight years they apply wood ash to the ground to help the PH level. The countryside experiences virtually no herbicide, pesticide or nitrate application. It makes this source in Angora, an environment that produces vibrant, healthy honey bees, and a premium honey crop.
When processing, we slightly warm honey to 105° to maintain the integrity, and not to burn the properties in the honey. Through a series of strainers, which 200 is the smallest of strainers, it leaves small particles of propolis and pollen in the honey. Being prepared this way gives all the wholesomeness that God intended you to experience. With so many benefits that come from the consumption of honey, it may be worth considering implementing premium Angora honey into your daily diet.
In addition through management practices we enjoy the pleasure of a naturally occurring 16.5% moisture level on average at harvest. USDA requirements set moisture levels at 18.6% or lower to be considered grade A. In comparison to a number of other honey producers most of these producers are achieving 19% or higher moisture levels. The bottling plants have to run the honey through a dehumidifier and heat the honey up to a undesirable level. You can't blame the beekeepers for wanting to have a heavier crop considering all of the challenges that come along with raising honeybees.
Ingredients: Raw Honey
21 Gram serving: Energy: 64 calories (kcal)Fat: 0.3 gCarbohydrates: 2.1 gProtein: 0.1 gCalcium: 26 milligrams (mg)Iron: 0.2 mgMagnesium: 2 mgPhosphorus: 2 mgPotassium: 11 mgVitamin C: 0.1 mgVitamin A: 8 IU, It also contains traces of vitamins B and K.
The United States imports 75% of the honey it consumes. A big issue in the honey industry is fake honey. If you have time, Google it and become informed, or see the attached links we've provided in the blog. With these imports, a lot of countries have doubled the production without adding any bee colonies. Rice syrup, high fructose corn syrup or sugar syrup are blended with the honey. The altered honey compromises real value in quality, along with keeping a cap on price depending upon supply and demand. The beekeeper has two choices, produce for volume or quality. Good quality honey is not abundant. Most beekeepers have to produce volume in order to compete in the international markets. With these pressures being put on beekeepers, is it any wonder why there is significant losses in bee colonies every year?
If what you consume is important to you, may I suggest a proactive way to qualify a trustworthy honey product. First, know where the bees are foraging for the honey. This makes all the difference in the world! Secondly, qualify the management practices that brings you the product. If it's not important to you what honey you consume, than the grocery store is the most likely place for you to buy.
Beekeeping has challenges for us in this country. Nectar flows are tepid, winters are challenging, but the crop is well worth all the effort. There is none other like it in the world. We do not transport our bees to the southern climates, they stay right here where winter can be six months long. This practice helps keep the integrity of the our honeybees intact, along with reducing any cross-contamination or disease from other bees. This management practice is to help ensure the brilliance of what these creatures can do. The honey crop is too valuable to consider any other management criteria. We are glad you had an opportunity to visit the site, and we look forward to having a long customer relationship with you. One more thing, the annual honey crop production here is limited. Just drop us a note of what you require, and we will get you on our waiting list (if needed).