Honey, honey!

There is a noticeable movement these days towards actively selecting locally grown and sourced products. For a long time, society was swayed towards purchasing cheap and easy-to-find products from supermarkets without considering where the item was sourced. Then, a few years back, people began to sway from purchasing products without knowing or considering where it was made or where the ingredients were sourced. There was a movement where society became protective of their local suppliers, turning away from imported products in lieu of supporting local farmers and suppliers which assisted with a boom of farmers markets and sporadic fruit and veg stalls around the Coast. The public began wanting to know where their products were coming from and whether they were made with local or imported ingredients.

It’s not just fruit and vegetables that can be found at local markets these days. Products such as eggs, dairy, meat and honey can be found at most markets and sporadic stalls along winding back roads. One of the most popular products that people are keen to find locally is honey. For this, the Gold Coast has an array of options and a growing list of reasons for wanting to buy local. Aside from wanting to support local producers and boost the local economy, the benefits of purchasing local honey extend to a few more interesting and important reasons:

Allergies Be Gone….
If you suffer from allergies to many of the local plants and flowers in your area, perhaps you may benefit from finding a local honey supplier. As strange as this suggestion may sound, the consumption of local honey means that the bees who produced the honey you are consuming have been collecting their pollen from local flora. This may assist in building an immunity to certain plant-based allergens.

Just Honey, No Sugar, Please…
It has been widely publicised that many imported honey products have been “fake”. This means that a wide variety of popular brands have been tested and discovered to have been mixed with products other than the natural nectar from bees. These faux products include ingredients such as Sugar Syrup, used to pad the taste and keep the cost of production down.

Small Bee, Big Impact….
Taking into consideration the importance of bees to the ecosystem, purchasing ethically sourced honey from beekeepers who are ensuring the welfare and preservation of their swarms is also something that people are beginning to consider. And rightly so. It is no secret that the bee population is in danger and that without them to support our delicate ecosystem, the Earth would be in a lot of trouble in a very short amount of time. Whether you decide to buy your honey locally or through a supermarket, it is wise to research your chosen honey brand to ensure that they are taking the welfare of their tiny suppliers into consideration. One of the perks of buying locally is the fact that often you are able to visit the hives themselves or at the very least speak to the producers personally about their extraction processes.

Sweet To Taste…
Honey is one of the best natural sweeteners used in cooking. No matter what brand you buy, it will be sweet to taste. However, there is something in locally purchased, organic honey that has a richer, more beautiful sweetness to it. Perhaps it is because you know that you have purchased an organic, raw honey and supported a local supplier. Treat yourself at the dinner table by preparing your meal using only the finest and richest honey. 

Where Do I Go?
There are several suppliers within the Gold Coast region however of particular note is Gold Coast Honey. Gold Coast Honey sell raw, ethically sourced organic honey. They are transparent in their processes and are flexible with the public for purchases, including the option to bring your own containers. They also guarantee that the product you are purchasing is 100% raw Honey and ensure that their extraction process means that enough honey is left for the bees to enjoy – after all, imagine doing all that work and not being able to reap the benefits?

If you would like more information about honey, the plight of the bees and a map of where to find a local supplier in your area, please click here.