Captain's Plan Bee Honey
From our local Berks County beeyards in
Huffs Church & Oley, PA
Our "Local, Natural, Pure, Raw Honey" means that the honey you buy is as it existed in the beehive. No destructive heat above 100 F is applied during extraction and bottling. This is the same temperature that a hive may sustain in the PA summer months. Even at room temperature, honey will not flow well - so a little warmth helps when we manually bottle it. Some filtering is done (with a stainless steel strainer) to remove the larger bits of wax and such which comes off the honeycomb when the honey is extracted.
Natural pure raw honey contains minerals, valuable enzymes,
pollen and possibly small particles of wax and other debris.
Natural raw honey may have a cloudy appearance
because of the included pollen - and may also tend to
crystallize more quickly than commercially produced honey.
Most commercially available honey is a blend - a mixture of honeys differing in floral source, color, flavor, density or geographic origin.
Our honey is harvested every few weeks, so we are fairly certain which flower types are being targeted by the girls.
Commercial honey is heat-treated - up to 180F after extraction from the bee hive. This reduces the moisture level, destroys yeast cells and enzymes, and liquefies crystals in the honey but provides the manufacturer with the knowledge that it will look crystal clear on the shelf for a long time. Heat-exposure may also result in product deterioration, affect sensory qualities, reduce freshness and can darken the natural honey color.
Finally, commercial honey is micro-filtered to remove pollen, considered one of the many values of raw honey.
Plan Bee Honey is never heat treated, filtered or altered in any way.
Pure raw natural honey, just like nature intended.
Plan Bee Honey is available for pick-up at the self-serve
honey hive at Plan Bee Farm in Huffs Church,
as well as at our wonderful retailers at the following locations:
Oley Valley Organics - Oley
Liv'n Green Country Store - Bechtelsville
Beef Jerky Outlet - Bethlehem
Ace Hardware - Pennsburg
Ace Hardware - Phoenixville
Ace Hardware - Royersford
Riverview Garden Center - Temple
Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species of plants with beautiful white flowers that, oddly enough, yields a very rich, dark honey. Usually called bamboo or buckwheat honey by beekeepers, this honey is very rich and earthy and has a pleasant, almost chocolaty flavor.
White Clover honey is what most people think of as typical honey flavor and color. It is widely used “on the table.” Despite being the most common nectar producing honey plant, White Clover honey is a very specific variety. Our White Clover honey has a mild, delicate flavor.
Goldenrod Honey has been described with a variety of color and taste descriptions. Our goldenrod honey is orange to deep amber in color and has a bit of a bite to it. Most people like it for their allergy issues since it is taken very late in the season when mainly only goldenrod is in bloom.
Wildflower honey is derived from the nectar of numerous species of flowers or blossoms. The taste, aroma and flavor will vary from season to season, depending on which flowers are dominant at the time the nectar is collected.