Honey Locator Page
Information about where to find fresh local honey in New Jersey.
There are two primary parts to our honey locator page
The first part gives you three ways to find honey for sale locally and in New Jersey. The second part of this page provides a few tips and insights about local honey and what that means for our mid-Atlantic region along with some insights about what makes a varietal honey a varietal.
Anyone in search of honey is encouraged to buy local to their region but many of our visitors come from other areas of the state. We have some insights and below you'll find some resources to help you find honey and other products for sale.
WAYS TO FIND LOCAL HONEY IN YOUR AREA
Local Honey: Hunterdon and Warren Counties
Northwest New Jersey Members Selling Honey
We encourage you to check our Marketplace resource here on our website. A number of our Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association members sell honey to the public and you can find their contact information there. The Marketplace has a HONEY FOR SALE section where you can find contact & location information and websites for local providers.
State of New Jersey Honey Locator
If you are looking for providers of honey in New Jersey, and you are not from Hunterdon or Warren County, we encourage you to visit the New Jersey Beekeepers Association (NJBA) Honey and Hive products page. The NJBA maintains a list of providers that sell honey and honey bee products for the entire state and the Town and County is provided so you can find a provider near you.
National and NJ State Honey Locator: Honey.com
The national honey board provides a nationwide honey locator right from their home page - http://www.honey.com. This honey locator lets you specify the location or you can visit the honey locator page for New Jersey directly.
Northwest New Jersey Honey Sold at Fairs
For our annual visits to Hunterdon and Warren County fairs our association sources and resells honey that we purchase from our beekeepers. In the case of honey sold at these fairs we are sourcing our honey from Jeans Honey Inc, Flemington NJ. Jean's Honey is available at multiple locations in Hunterdon County or you can call them at (908) 782-7912. Sorry, they do not have an email address or website available.
TIPS FOR BUYING HONEY
Local Honey: What is local?
Many are looking for local honey as it is widely held that buying honey from your area is more beneficial if you believe that the flora and fauna that the bees make honey from are important and you want it to be from your home town.
As beekeepers, we feel the same way but will share that most of the forage that bees visit in the area of New Jersey is fairly typical and whether you get honey that was literally sourced from Hunterdon and Warren Counties, or some place adjacent to our area, it is pretty similar in plant sources and will not vary so much as to make a large difference. Wildflower honey from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are often pretty similar as the plant diversity from our Mid-Atlantic region is mostly similar.
What about Varietals?
Varietals, or honey of specific origin, are a little different. Honey that is labeled as a single source - Buckwheat, Blueberry, Clover, Thistle, and others for example are kinds of honey that come from bees that were placed in fields that had that source of plants predominantly and therefore the honey can be said to be of that variety. It is possible for bees to visit some clover around a blueberry field but when honey is sourced as blueberry as an example the bees were in a field of blueberries and that is the primary plants they were foraging from.
Many times, beekeepers will place bees in a field where there is nothing but acres of that crop and it is primarily for pollination of those crops and that is how most single-source varietals come about.
So back to local...
If you buy your honey from a beekeeper that is in the vicinity of your home then your honey is local. Some beekeepers however have large regions in which they have placed their bees and not all of their honey is literally from your neighborhood. They might blend honey from your local neighborhood with some from their hives that they keep in New York as an example. If you have questions, ask your provider and they will tell you where their honey is literally sourced from. But to the point reviewed earlier about wildflower honey, much of the honey from our region of the Mid-Atlantic has a very similar profile and is fairly consistent.
Taste and Color Differences
The taste of honey from one hive to another varies widely. Honey from one hive literally sitting next to another hive can taste distinctly different simply because bees in each hive choose where they want to forage and there are always a variety of food sources for any given hive. Another factor to consider is that plants change over the course of any given year and the forage plants in the spring are completely different from the forage available in the fall.
The colors of honey also vary based on the flowers bees are visiting. Mostly light-colored honey is sweet and floral and darker kinds of honey tend to be more hearty and earthy but this is never a guarantee. If in doubt we suggest you try both light and dark :-)