AVAILABLE AT THESE RETAIL STORES
Bean Broker, Chadron NE
Bloom, Chadron NE
Nutter's Natural Foods, Scottsbluff NE
Dredla's Grocery, Hyannis NE
Alliance Health Food Store
Vita Sana Olive Oil Company, Rapid City SD
Breadroot Natural Food COOP, Rapid City SD
Cutting Edge Meat Market, Rapid City SD
Vita Sana Olive Oil Company, Casper WY
Rawhide Drug, Lusk WY
What floral sources are the bees harvesting to make honey? A very important question. Our honey is special because we are located in a unique ecosystem in Northwest Nebraska called the "pine ridge". It comprises of native prairies and forests that are bursting with biodiversity and are relatively untouched by man. The bees are making honey from various native flowers, shrubs, and trees endemic to the northern great plains and black hills region. However our special area produces a unique flavored honey that is low in moisture content and very mild tasting.
We are very picky in where we place our beehives, the land in which they are located are natural areas managed with care for all aspects of the environment. We do not harvest honey from Cropland or GMO crops nor areas with pesticide exposure. We think all pollinators are important not just honey bees.
WHAT ABOUT ORGANIC HONEY ??? NOT ORGANIC ???
Definition of Organic Honey
The term “organic” when applied to honey is the subject of continuing controversy in the U.S.
Organic??? Even the word honey itself is not yet defined in U.S. law, and any jar of honey can be adulterated with cheaper ingredients like corn syrup and still be labeled quite legally as “pure honey” – unbelievable but true. If it is found to contain an illegal substance, then it will be taken off the shelves, but that aside, there is no test for true honey – you could in theory sell a jar of colored sugar and water as honey.
The organic label is widely abused by disreputable producers and importers, probably because producing honey to organic guidelines is complex and expensive, and as there is no legal definition for organic U.S. honey, why bother? There are various beekeeping association recommendations and guidelines (not laws) for organic honey production. These state amongst other things that land within a certain radius of the hive, say four miles (where the bees are likely to fly) has to have adequate organic sources of food and a low risk of the bees collecting contaminated nectar, say from crops sprayed with chemicals, or from freeway or urban pollution. This means of course that if a law came in along those lines, only a few U.S. producers in really remote areas would be able to produce organic honey. This may explain why there is no such law for U.S. honey:
U.S. Organic Honey
Honey is currently NOT included in the USDA’s National Organic Standard according to a recent policy statement by the USDA’s National Organic Program. This basically means that there is no legal definition of organic U.S. honey. However, the USDA does allow honey to be labeled “organic” provided its producer has had its honey certified as organic by one of the 120 or so USDA-accredited certified agents; typically this applies to honey imported into the U.S. The big problem is this – the policy states that a non-U.S. producer’s certifying agent must apply rules as strict as the U.S. rules – but there are NO U.S. rules specifically for honey, which is why it is some people argue it is easier to gain organic status for non-U.S. honey, some of which would not be considered organic by the average consumer.
Arthur Harvey of the International Association of Organic Inspectors, who is also a Maine beekeeper, stated in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper at the end of 2008 that “what the USDA has said is that you can certify any product as organic as long as you comply with existing regulation, but there are no regulations for honey. That means the green USDA organic sticker on honey is meaningless.” In fact, the USDA states that honey should never be labeled with the USDA organic logo at all. Instead it should carry the logo of the accredited agent that certified it as organic.
As an alternative to organic honey labelling, Our honey is certified "naturally grown", visit www.cngfarming.org for details
Our Certified Naturally Grown Honey is not commercial honey and is much more expensive to produce, however we think its worth it! Please try for yourself and feel free to ask any questions pertaining to its production, we are happy to share and are proud of it!
2 pound Glass Jar 1 Pound Old Time Jar 12 Oz. Glass Jar
Awesome tasting 100% raw and natural native prairie honey! Flavors characteristic of the pine ridge region.
Certified Naturally Grown Guarantee
Please visit our retail stores or contact us for ordering. Bulk honey available upon request and availability.
Inspected and Certified by State of Nebraska Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Consumer Protection
LINKS : Certified Naturally Grown cngfarming.org