Honey is, for lack of a more creative description, utterly delicious. And it is a staple in most homes, whether used for sweetening coffee and tea, cooking, dips, home cold remedies (it’s true!) or some of the numerous uses for the natural sweet substance. And while of course you can just go to the grocery store to buy some homey, why not get from a local beekeeper?
There are multiple sources for locally made honey, which is your best option for a variety of reasons. Read more to find out where you can get local honey in the Huntsville area.
Benefits and uses of local honey
More than just a sweetener, local raw honey has many uses beyond just making your cup of hot tea taste a little better. According to a report by Healthline.com, local raw honey has a bevy of valuable uses.
The taste of honey changes depending on where the bees harvest the nectar used to make honey, but the processing can also affect the taste. As the least processed honey available, raw and unfiltered honey is only treated minimally.
Here are just a few of the interesting uses for local raw honey aside from its culinary benefits:
- Raw honey contains an array of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
- Raw honey is a source of varying amounts of amino acids, enzymes, and other beneficial compounds.
- Honey’s effectiveness as an antibacterial or antifungal varies depending on the honey, but some varieties are being studied for specific therapeutic uses.
- Honey has beneficial prebiotics, meaning it nourishes the good bacteria that live in the intestines, which are crucial not only for digestion but overall health.
- Honey is an old sore throat remedy that soothes the ache and can help with coughs. Add it to hot tea with lemon when a cold virus hits. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are effective for helping a sore throat.
Where to find local, raw honey in the Huntsville area
Here are some sources for local, raw honey in Madison County, according to the Madison County Beekeepers Association:
- Kim Carter: 20632 Easter Ferry Road, Athens, AL 35614; 256-230-5497
- Greg Crenshaw: 210 Creekside Drive, Florence, AL 35630; 256-718-4097
- Moon & Stars Honey: 256-614-3502; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maynard Dalton: 861 Scott Rd., Hazel Green, AL 35750; 256-975-3078
- Bill Elliott: 2211 Colice Road, Huntsville, AL 35801, blossomwoodhoney.com
- Lionel Evans: 1307 Fern St., Athens, AL 35613; SmoothEvan@aol.com
- Bob Fanning: 1332 Four Mile Post Rd., Huntsville, AL 35802; email@example.com
- Ray Latham: 1501 Winn Road, Scottsboro, AL 35769; 256-609-0715
- Bill Mullins: 8714 Moores Mill Rd., Meridianville, AL 35759; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dale R. Rohe: 117 Cline Dr., Madison, AL; rohebeeranch.com
- Henry Rollins: 4302 Lakeview Dr., Huntsville, AL 35810; 256-859-1747