Finding Honey for Mead
Unfortunately the honey you find at the grocery store is not good for
making mead. This is because it is pasteurized, and the more filtering
or cooking or processing the honey is subjected to, the less flavor it
has in the long run. If you are lucky enough to have a local farmers'
market or apiary they are your best bet for finding raw honey. If you
are really adventurous or have lots of time, you can keep your own bees.
If you are looking for some local apiaries, the National Honey Board
has a Honey Locator
that will help you find a local source of liquid gold. We have a couple
of apiaries in Long Beach that make trips around LA county for farmers'
markets, and they are the following...
Local Farmers' Markets
California is ripe with farm fresh produce, and thus we have many farmers'
markets. There is a Farmers' Market listing at the CA
Federation of Certified Farmers' Markets. For instance there are
- Culver City: Tuesday
- Century City: Thursday
- Santa Monica: Wednesday, Saturday, &
This may not be a solution for most of us city-dwellers, but if ever
you want to have a go, here are some places to learn about the ancient
art of keeping bees.