Did you know honey contains antioxidants? Honey contains a variety of flavonoids and phenolic acids which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals. Generally, darker honeys have higher antioxidant content than lighter honeys.

Honey in Athletics
The National Honey Board had commissioned a 3-part research study with a leading university to help show that honey works to give athletes an energy boost before and after exercise. The research also showed that honey may help tired muscles recover more quickly after heavy exercise. Though honey is one of the earliest foods, scientific knowledge of this wonderful product is just now beginning to grow.

Honey is Anti Microbial
Honey has been used as a therapeutic agent since ancient times for “disorders” ranging from baldness to gastrointestinal distress. During the early part of the 20th century, researchers began to document the wound healing properties of honey. The introduction of antibiotics in the 1940’s temporarily stymied honey's use. Nonetheless, concerns regarding antibiotic resistance and renewed interest in “natural” remedies has promoted a resurgence of interest in the anti microbial and wound healing properties of honey.

Amazing Healing Honey by R. Fetrat
A dear friend of the Fetrat Family and a fabulous artist, Buddy, had a serious accident one day when cutting wood on a saw. He cut into his finger and lost half of his knuckle in the accident. Buddy is a diabetic and to heal from such an ordeal is a serious matter. Not only a serious matter in Buddy's case, but healing was considered unlikely.

Buddy chose his own medicine. He chose honey, soaking his injured finger in a honey bath at night and wrapping it in honey-soaked bandages twice a day and again before bed. Buddy's injury healed well and quickly to the amazement of his doctor. Buddy attributes the healing of his injury, despite of his diabetes, to the honey.

 

honey HONEY

Currently sold out. Reserve yours for the 2009 fall harvest.

Our honey is raw, unheated and unfiltered. That is, our raw honey is only strained to remove any bits of honey comb wax, so it still contains original pollen because it is not filtered. We do not heat the honey like commercial honey packers do to break down any sugar crystals. That is why their honey will stay clear on the supermarket shelf. Of course, heat above 115 deg destroys the antioxidants, important enzymes, vitamins and other beneficial attributes. Also many people find that heated honey looses much of its natural aroma and flavor.

We are a small producer with several hives on property located in a rural area away from commercial agri farms and major agricultural chemical use. Our apiary is operated as an organic apiary on certified organic land. Bees fly as far as 5 miles though and thus no one can say their honey is truly organic. How would you know where the little critters have flown? However, we do our best to keep everything organic on our end. The honey is produced in organic hives that are not painted and is handled to organic standards. We pride ourselves on sustainable practices.

 

 

Does your honey contain pesticides? How would you know? Many beekeepers pollinate vegetable or fruit crops with their bees and then sell the honey. Problem is most farmers use pesticides, herbicides and fungicides! We pride ourselves in only teaming up with organic or no spray farms.

Hives were tested in Florida and were found to contain high levels of imidacloprid. A a class of neuro-active insecticides which are modeled after nicotine. A patented chemical, it is manufactured by Bayer Cropscience. Studies on rats indicate that the thyroid is particularly sensitive, causing thyroid lesions. Animal toxicity is similar to that of the parent compound, nicotine; fatigue, twitching, cramps, and weakness leading to asphyxia.

Samples taken from bees in Massachusetts cranberries showed levels of fungicide in the pollen as high as 7000 ppb! To put that into perspective
The Safe Drinking Water Act from the EPA allows only10 parts per billion (ppb) standard for arsenic in drinking water.

Franch & Italy ban neonicotinoids. In the past six years, a new group of nicotine-based pesticides have emerged called neonicotinoids. The most common is imidachloprid. Ironically, these were originally manufactured to be less lethal. But about four years ago, French and Italian beekeepers complained that imidachloprid crop spraying was killing their honey bees. So the French and Italian governments banned the nicotine-based pesticides.