In this post, I’m going to give you a list of places right here in Frederick County who offer local honey.
Sure, one obvious benefit of honey is that it’s a natural sweetener that tastes so good in your tea, on top of your oatmeal, mixed with butter (Mmm!), and numerous recipes.
However, in recent years, more and more research has been done to explain why local honey is way more beneficial health-wise than just any old store-bought honey.
Is Local Honey Good For You?
Actually, yes, there are several major benefits for using local, raw honey (unprocessed & pure) vs. heated and pasteurized honey sold in stores.
Particularly, based on this Livestrong article local honey can:
- Protect you from seasonal, pollen-related allergies
- Provide you with powerful antioxidants & cancer-fighting phytonutrients
- Aid in digestion
- Boost your vitamin & mineral intake
- Be applied topically to treat burns
- Treat upper respiratory infections including a cough
However, this same article stresses that there can be side effects to eating raw honey including food poisoning, allergies, and intoxication.
So, my advice is to start out trying it in very small doses until you know that you won’t get these side effects.
Local Honey Farms in Frederick County
So the big question is: Are there honey farms in Frederick County?
And the resounding answer is yes!
As a matter of fact, honey farms, also called apiaries or bee yards, are abundant here in these parts!
Hyperlocal, Local, & Regional Honey
The difference between hyperlocal, local, & regional hive honey depends on the distance a particular apiary is located to your home.
Hyperlocal honey is honey that is produced within 5 miles of your home. This honey is best for allergens.
On the other hand, local honey is honey that is produced within 25 miles of your home.
Finally, regional honey is honey that is produced more than 25 miles from your home. Regional honey is much better than honey from other states, but not technically considered “local”.
Included in this list are local apiaries, places where bees and beehives are kept, as well as local stores and markets.
I’ve organized them in alphabetical order and included several of the owners’ comments about their honey.
As always, before you head out to buy a bottle, be sure to check business Facebook pages or give them a call on the phone to confirm that they indeed have their honey available.
1. Allen’s Apiary
2. Bee Better Apiary
Bee Better Apiary
Frederick, Md 21702 (Near Frederick Community College)
“All of our small batch honey is raw and unfiltered (meaning it is never heated or filtered through heavy commercial processing).”
“We do not have a store front and only sell our honey online. We do offer local pick-up through our site.”
3. B-T’s Honey Bees & Garden
B-T’s Honey Bees & Garden
Middletown, Md 21769
“My honey is raw and unfiltered, so it contains local pollen. My bee hives are located in Middletown and six hives are hosted on an organic berry farm.”
“I mostly sell by porch pickup or drop off. I can be contacted thru my Facebook page or my email. [email protected] I will have honey at the Frederick Fair with Frederick County Beekeepers Association. A farm in Mt Airy sells my honey at farmers markets. I’m currently looking for more partners to help sell.”
“I’m a backyard beekeeper and a Maryland cottage business. I decided to expand my hobby into a small business. Last year I only had 100 pounds of Honey to sell. This year I’m close to 400 pounds.”
4. Cannon Apiary
5. Catoctin Mountain Orchard
6. Coppermine Combs Apiary
Coppermine Combs Apiary
“It’s all 100% local raw honey. We don’t buy additional from anyone else to meet customer demand, or re-label honey from another area/beekeeper.”
7. Corn Crib Honey Co.
Corn Crib Honey Co.
9. Dublin Roasters
10. Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center
11. Gateway Market & Candyland
12. Hawkins Produce
Hawkins Produce – Honey is produced by Cannon Apiary in Frederick, Md
11616 Old National Pike
New Market, MD 21774
13. H.T. Krantz Honey Co.
H.T. Krantz Honey Co.
11357 Green Valley Rd
Union Bridge, MD 21791
“We have a small storefront here which is open to self service 7 days a week.”
14. Johnston S. Apiaries
Johnston S. Apiaries
8400 Cub Hunt Court
Walkersville, MD 21793-9321
15. Lord Byron’s Apiary
Lord Byron’s Apiary
P.O. Box 242
Thurmont, Md 21788
16. Mid-Maryland Farm Market
“Our Wildflower honey is raw (unheated/processed which kills off all the good stuff) Our honey is pure, we add nothing to it. It is filtered to get out impurities. Our honey is local, produced by bees in Wolfsville. Kenny has been keeping bees since he was 7 or 8 years old…if you have questions for him, I’m sure he’s willing to help. Our honey from Spruce Run Farm can be found at Mid-Maryland Farm Market as well as Brunswick Main Street Farmers Market, Middletown Farmers Market, and Myersville Farmers Market.”
17. New Horizons Apiaries & Farm
18. Orchid Cellar Meadery & Winery
19. Scravel Creek Farm
“We do not use and chemicals of any sort on our property. Not even when we wash our cars.”
20. Spruce Run Farm
21. Sycamore Spring Farm
22. The Bee Folks
23. The Common Market
24. The Dutch Plant Farm
Finally, don’t forget all the farmer’s markets in Frederick County where local honey is sold.
And if you’re looking for recipes to add your local honey to, here’s some inspiration!