If you care about the provenance and flavour of honey learn a little about local honey and honey farms. Around 10% of the United Kingdom’s honey supply comes from within the United Kingdom with the reset being imported. Buying local honey helps supports British farming and the local economy.
What is local honey?
ScrummyHoney’s interpretation is that local honey comes from small to medium sized honey farms or packagers. Beehives located within a certain geographical area, within the same region. There’s no official definition.
Local honey could even come from multiple honey farms but from within one country. At this level honey from within a relatively small country like the United Kingdom should have a similar floral source.
Larger producers can source honey from multiple honey farms in various regions and different countries. This would not be local honey.
Why buy local honey?
- Exciting taste and flavour with provacative aromas with limited or no adulteration from extraction, processing or storage.
- Flavours shaped by the local countrywide.
- Honey bought direct from the farmer is as fresh as ever.
- Transparancy from hive to home.
- Supports the local economy.
- Often involves a day out. Great for kids if you have them.
- Find exciting new honeys when on holiday.
How to buy local honey?
Small local honey farms sell honey inhouse at a shop, oneline, through small retailers like farm shops, or at food fayres.
Larger local honey farms may sell in house, online, through retailers, and via unbranded wholesale.
Packagers buy from local honey farms wholesale, add to jars and give the product branding. Finding it’s way to market through food fayres, and local shops.
What types of honey can I get from local honey farms?
Poly floral honeys like wildflower honey or mountain honey.
Single floral source honey like English heather honey, English borage honey, and English clover honey.
Added extras for new flavours, like ginger, vanilla or walnuts in honey.
Seasonal honey harversted in Spring, Summer or Autumn.
Expectations of local honey
All local honey should be clearly labelled, for instance following the voluntary code of practice for infant botulism: lables should state “unsuitable for children under 12 months”.
Membership of the British Bee Keepers Association ensures that honey farms are familiar with all the relavant laws regarding composition and labelling of honey.
If it’s labelled ‘English Borage Honey’ consumers should expect that it is honey with the main floral source being mainly from borage in England. A rule of thumb is 70% of the floral source should be from what’s used in the description.
Consumers should expect that local honey farms have done their research to ensure product that limits contaminants from roads, local farms, and local industry.
Find local honey
Use our directory of local honey farms, and packagers. Find local honey.