What does LOCAL mean as it applies to the apiary world of raw honey?
Consuming local food is important for our health because our bodies are tuned into obtaining optimal nourishment derived from where we live. Also, through our purchasing support, we help local businesses to flourish. Local produce, for example, is any produce grown within 50-100 miles of where you live. Another factor is that there are different varieties and hybrids of vegetables or fruit to choose from that are then planted into varying soil conditions depending on how they are fertilized, etc. This is what makes these types of plants "local" to you.
Bees pollinating from native trees and flowers indigenous to your area can mean that these pollen carriers visit trees and flowers that grow naturally in a region of states because of shared weather and growing conditions. Native wildflowers (not planted) growing in remote fields in NY, for example, are largely the same species growing in PA. There are more than 60 varieties of trees and 57 varieties of flowers that are innate to PA, NY, and NJ. This makes raw wildflower honey originating from any of these areas to be "local" to you.
Our raw honey is approved as LOCAL within the botanical zone of NJ, PA, & NY by our PDA Food Safety Inspector.
When using raw honey as an allergy helper, take one or two teaspoons a day (unheated) for at least 6 months before your hay-fever season starts. Bees that are colonized in wildflower fields visit and pollinate from the flowers that you are allergic to, and then deposit these minuscule pollen back to the hive when making their honey.
When you ingest raw wildflower honey, these tiny particles act as signals to your immune system to build up a tolerance to them. If you're diligent, you will find your next allergy season to be non-existent.