Honey Locator Page
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 ares of the state. We have some insights and below you'll find some resources to help you find honey and other products for sale.
We encourage you to check our Marketplace resource here at 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.
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.
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.
For our annual visits to Hunterdon and Warrent 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.
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 source 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 honeys from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware are often pretty similar as the plant diversity from our Mid-Atlantic region is mostly similar.
Varietals, or honeys of specific origin, are a little different. Honey that is labeled as single source - Buckwheat, Blueberry, Clover, Thistle, and others for example are honeys 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 acres of that crop and it is primarily for pollination of those crops and that is how must single-source varietals come about.
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 honeys, much of the honey from our region of the Mid-Atlantic has a very similar profile and is fairly consistent.