We buy most of our honey from the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op, which sells at least two options, produced by local farmers who have their beehives in and around Toledo.
The product sold in the glass jar is relatively new at the co-op. I mainly buy what's sold in the generic plastic containers, which currently sells for six dollars per pound. The color varies. Sometimes the honey nearly has the color of maple syrup.
The 577 Foundation, located in Perrysburg, maintains beehives. They used to sell their honey. I assume they still have the building where you can walk inside to get a close-up view of working bees.
From their website:
Honey Bee Hives
Local beekeeper, Dan Bollett, takes care of 6-10 hives on The 577 Foundation property. These hives provide education on the life of the honey bee. The thousands of bees gather nectar from The 577 Foundation Gardens to produce honey. The bees also perform the vital function of pollination, helping the gardens to produce flowers & vegetables.
I've never attended a meeting, but I'm guessing these chaps have some info.
Facebook page : Maumee Valley Beekeepers Association
Founded by Dr. Mike Yanick, Maumee Valley Beekeepers meet at the 577 Foundation in Perrysburg, the third Tuesday of every month (except December) @ 7:00pm.
Unless I'm baking something that requires white sugar or a similar ingredient, I only use honey for sweetening my foods. I like honey better than agave.
I use honey in tea, oatmeal, tomato sauce, and as a priming sugar for bottling most of our homemade beer. Sometimes, I simply like to eat a few spoonfuls of honey.
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