Natural ‘Pastured’ Honey: Straight from the hive
If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits and flavour then it must be raw honey! Much of the honey on grocery store shelves has been excessively heated, filtered and pasteurized, which effectively eliminates many of the benefits of the natural and amazing product bees produce. Raw honey is different because it has not been pasteurized, heated or fine-filtered, and therefore contains many valuable benefits. Raw honey contains a host of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and powerful antioxidants. Most importantly, it is absolutely delicious and full of body and overtones from the variety of flora it stems from. We strongly believe that giving the bees access to a wider diversity of food sources is key to keeping them healthy and strong. This is why we call our flagship honey found in retail stores “Pastured Raw Honey”. However, in 2017 we had the opportunity to harvest some buckwheat honey, which is being offered as a limited edition product for as long as supplies last.
The story behind the honey:
We take great pride in selecting what we consider suitable locations for our bees to forage so that the honey we harvest is the tastiest and most nutritious as possible. It is also very important for bees to have access to a diverse ecosystem for foraging and for their nutrition. As difficult as it has become to limit their access to what we consider undesirable nectar and pollen sources, particularly GMO canola, corn and soybeans, we are placing our hives as strategically as possible to limit their access to these crops. Fortunately, because of our ranch setup, we have access to hundreds of acres of pasture and hay lands where the bees can harvest nectar from a huge variety of native and tame flower sources, including dandelion, caragena, and willow in the spring; alfalfa, clover, milk thistle, cicer milk vetch, sweet trefoil in the summer. The list goes on!
With our apiary expanding in recent years, our own farm acres are not enough to sustain the number of bee colonies we have, as is the case for most beekeepers. Thankfully, through the Holistic Farm Management network we are involved with in our area, we have access to the wonderfully rich and diverse pastures and haylands of neighbours and friends in our area. Importantly, these folks have a parallel ecological land ethic as us, so it is really a win-win. They provide us with a suitable landbase for the bees and the bees pollinate the flowers on their lands.
Check out our FAQ page for answers to some common questions about our raw honey, such as:
- How do I soften my crystallized raw honey?
- Why does my raw honey have a whitish layer on the top of the jar/pail?
See the bottom of this page for a full list of retailers that sell our raw honey (500g & 1kg jars).
Larger quantities (pails) of honey can be purchased directly from us. Click here for our order form on the ‘Order Food’ page.
How do Fresh Roots Farm customers enjoy their Raw Honey?
“Honey dill dipping sauce – the Michael Jordan of sauces!”
“In avocado puree…with lemon.”
“On a spoon (or your finger)…straight up!”
“Peanut butter and honey! Boring, but you can’t beat it.”
“As a sweetener in coffee, instead of sugar!”
“Organic Almond and Coconut Butter Chocolate Fudge Cups – yum!” (see recipe here)
“As a binding ingredient in homemade granola bars.”
“In marinades with dinner.”
“In tea or hot lemon water before bed – helps me sleep!”
“I’ve been buying your honey from Sleepy Owl [Bread] in Winnipeg for the last year or so and really like it. Best honey I’ve ever had.”
“I use [Fresh Roots Farm honey] while running to give me the energy to complete my workouts. The simple nature of raw honey digests easily and is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. Much better than the expensive and dextrose-laden gels that dominate endurance races. Your raw honey is what I used for fuel when I competed in the Triathlon World Championships this past fall.”
Our honey can also be found in the following retail locations in Winnipeg and across southwestern MB (1kg and 500g jars only):
If you are interested in larger quantities (ie 3kg, 5kg pails) you can order these directly from us. Click here to see our order form for upcoming deliveries.
- Aviva Natural Health Solutions (1224 St. James St.) – click here to order online
- Bouchee Boucher (300 Tache Ave.)
- Cafe Postal (202 Provencher Blvd)
- Crampton’s Market (1765 Waverley St.) *seasonal*
- Dino’s Grocery Mart (460 Notre Dame Ave.)
- The Forks Trading Company (1 Forks Market Rd)
- Hekla Acupuncture & Wellness (3-877 Waverley St.)
- High Tea Bakery (2103 Portage Ave.)
- Hollow Reed Holistic (3-875 Corydon Ave.)
- Kenaston Wine Market (1855 Grant Ave.)
- La Grotta Mediterranean Market (1360 Taylor Ave.)
- Miller’s Meats (7-925 Headmaster Row)
- Miller’s Meats (590 St. Mary’s Rd)
- Organic Planet (877 Westminster Ave.)
- Save On Foods (850 St. James St.)
- Scout: Coffee + Tea (859 Portage Ave.)
- Sleepy Owl Bread (751 Wall St.)
- Sky Convenience (25 Amy St.)
- Via Natural Medicine (A-554 Des Meurons)
- Vic’s Fruit Market (1038 Pembina Hwy)
- Verde Juice Bar (887 Westminster Ave.)
- Whole Touch Wellness (364 Stafford St.)
- Brown Sugar Produce (via Farm Stand @ Lady of the Lake, 10am-2pm June 17-Sept 30) or contact for special order
- Lady of the Lake (135 17 St. N)
- Prairie Oils & Vinegars (Harvest Plaza, Unit A4 – 585 1st St.)
- Old Church Bakery (4-145 Main Street)
- The Chocolate Fox (112 Wasagaming Dr)
- Carman Home Hardware (14 1 St. SW)
- Sam’s Foods (338 Main St.)
- Amell’s Gas & Go
- Park’s Fine Foods
- Dobson’s Foods
- Pembina Co-op
- Clearwater Country Market
- Northfork Ranch Supply
- Cartwright Fine Foods
- Iron Rail Convenience Store
- Janz’ Market on Main
- Killarney-Cartwright Co-op
Please contact us if you are interested in these or any other local food products, or have questions about any of the products we offer and how they are produced! Note that we are also happy to make referrals to other farms within MB’s vibrant network of farmers & ranchers striving to sustainably produce quality products for direct market (i.e. poultry, pastured pork, organic vegetables, etc.)
THANK YOU for supporting our farm, business and livelihood!