Logan – Dr. Pierce’s Honey, (801) 960‐2646 or (435) 319‐0233, Bevan Weed
South Weber – B&S Ranch Bee’s & Honey, (801) 698‐4333
Salt Lake County
Murray – Paige Bench, (801) 759-5195 (text preferred)
Riverton – Dr. Pierce’s Honey, (801) 960‐2646 or (435) 319‐0233, Bevan Weed
Salt Lake City – BEEZ Hives N Honey, (385) 888-2521, Peter Somers
Salt Lake City – Corner Canyon Backyard Bees, (801) 707-6796, Julie Arthur
Taylorsville – 10-E Honey, (801) 529‐2880, Corey Tenney
Taylorsville – Wasatch Honey, (801) 910‐3298, Marlene Schnabel
All of Utah County – FarAmore Honey, (801) 819‐8468
Alpine – John Magnusson, (801) 756‐8057
Benjamin – Sidneybshoney, (801) 798-3224, Sidney Hayward
Orem – Knight Family Honey, (801) 706-0984, Lee Knight
San Pete County
Moroni – Paige Bench, (801) 759-5195 (text preferred)
Richfield and Central Utah – Knight Family Honey, (801) 706-0984, Lee Knight
Why buy local honey?
Bee populations are threatened worldwide, declining by about 30 percent per year in the Beehive state and worldwide. Since bees pollinate one in every three bites of food consumed, protecting bees means safeguarding the food supply.
Labels that tout ‘organic’ should send up a red-flag for consumers. The transient nature of honey bees makes it almost impossible to farm organic honey in a sustainable way since bees travel up to five miles every day and collect pollen from any plants available.
The Utah Code includes a rule to protect consumers from the fraudulent and illegal practice of blending and diluting honey with lower cost sweeteners like corn syrup. The rule establishes standards for products labeled honey or “raw” honey, ensuring that honey is naturally made by bees and processed minimally. Most honey carrying the “organic” label is mass-produced overseas in areas that prevent bees from traveling to neighboring pollen sources. In addition to being diluted with other sweeteners, honey found in grocery and department stores is often filtered and heated to the point it no longer contains pollen. Without pollen, the sweet substance does not meet the legal definition of honey.
What can I do to help bees?
1) Shop locally. When consumers choose local products, three times more money stays in the local economy. In the case of honey, this money supports local hives, which promote best beekeeping practices and provide critical habitat for threatened bee populations in urban areas.
2) Choose honey labeled “raw.” While “organic” is a misnomer for honey, raw products contain pollen, which offers health benefits.
3) You get what you pay for. Raw honey typically costs at least $6.50 per pound. Lower priced honey should serve as a warning of unsustainable business practices and possible overseas production.