|About||Tassot Apiaries, Inc., a family-run business located in New Jersey, manages bee hives on many parcels of land throughout Morris and Hunterdon County. We specialized in raw, chemical free, high quality honey and bee products, and while not certified organi|
Why is "Local" important when it comes to honey?
One of our neighbors considers our honey "local" and another thinks that the honey sold at the local farm stand or even a nearby supermarket is as local as ours. However, the presence of the farmer's name on the label is not assurance that the honey is indeed from the locale where it is bought or jarred. This is because wholesale companies import large quantities of cheap honey and do not hesitate to customize the label with their clients’ farm name on the jar. Consequently, consumers may unwittingly purchase honey from China, Argentina, or other places far from where they live and sometimes purchasing honey produced by bees that have been sustained with a diet of corn syrup. Furthermore, the honey is often filtered and heated to sustain a greater shelf life as evidenced by the lack of crystallization.
This is problematic for several reasons. First, such honey lacks the natural local pollen which helps one's immune system cope with locally-induced allergies. When one purchases honey that is procured from a far, one jeopardizes the quality of honey and an opportunity to enjoy a better health.
Second, purchasing imported honey has considerable implications for local agriculture. Many crops such as blueberries, alfalfa, apples and pumpkins depend on bees for pollination. Bees are also indirectly responsible for supporting both the meat and the dairy industries. Ultimately, honeybees and the beekeepers who keep them alive are critical to the production of nearly one-third of this nation’s food supply.
In light of this, we argue that local bee keepers need to be supported. The local beekeeper community is very small, tight-knit, and keenly aware of the amount of effort that is required for colony health and honey extraction. Beekeepers, in addition to regular colony maintenance and honey harvesting, must deal with diseases and pests such as Varroa and Trachea mites, and Colony Collapse Disorder which k