Why Buy Local Honey

When purchasing honey is better to buy it from a local source. Local honey helps with allergies and it is always great to support local businesses.

Although you don’t need any other reasons to buy local honey, an investigation by Food Safety News has uncovered that Chinese honey makers are laundering their products through other nations to avoid high tarrifs. This honey is then being purchased (knowingly) by honey packers in America to save a few dollars.

According to the article honey made in China may contain lead, chloramphenicol (which can be fatal), and in some cases do not even use real honey but rather artificial sweeteners and ingredients.

You can read more about the investigation here.


  1. It isn’t hard to find local honey. They are usually set up at farmer’s markets, festivals, craft fairs, state fairs, etc. We buy ours at our local Peach festical each 4th of July and our State fair in the fall. Keeps us stocked.
    We started buying local honey after reading an article on how it helps with allergies – both of my kids suffer and took shots for several years.

  2. I just bought “local” honey for the first time from a farm in the area. I also read it helped with allergies, so I decided to give it a try ( I have always used store bought). I have NEVER had honey like it. AMAZING! I guess it has something to do with the local bees (and lack of all of the bad additives)? It was also much cheaper than store bought.

  3. Yes, I agree. Our family had this discussion recently as well. It’s true, their are no regulations on honey. Unfortunately, the honey you buy in stores is not always 100% honey. We have found a few local beekeepers who gather and sell their own honey. It may cost a little more, but it’s worth it to us. We love honey!! <3

  4. We are blessed to know a family at church that raises bees and sells honey. Last week I bought 2 gallons of organic, raw honey for $67!!!! The taste difference is amazing and we love supporting a local, family business. The stuff from China is simply scary!!!

  5. My grandfather had bees so we always had local-ish (he lived 3 hrs away from us) honey when I was growing up. I have been fortunate to find a local producer who sells through a small store in our area and it tastes exactly like my grandfather’s honey. I love it.

  6. I love local honey. The best part is supporting local businesses and I heard that it also helps with allergies. Especially pollen and stuff like that.

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