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Frequently Asked Questions

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Help! My honey has gotten hard. Has it gone bad?

Not at all! With the exception of our squeeze bottles, all of our honeys are raw and retain all of their beautiful, and potentially healthful, properties. Raw honey naturally begins to crystallize after it is extracted from the comb. Some honey crystallizes into a creamy state that many people actually enjoy. If you prefer to restore your honey to a fully liquid state, very gently warm the jar in a pan of water on the stove to around 100°F. Read more about honey crystallization here.

Will my honey ever go bad? Do I need to refrigerate it?

No and no. Honey contains very little water, so it is difficult for bacteria to grow. In very rare instances, if the honey is too moist or water is added, natural yeast can begin to ferment the honey. There is no need to refrigerate your honey, but it is best to keep it away from heat and strong sunlight.

Do you offer tours of your farm and orchards? Can I buy honey or apples at the farm?

Yes! We're planning several classes and events throughout the year at our new honey house in Watertown, MN— check our Calendar for a schedule soon. If you are interested in a wholesale tour, email us at webstore@amesfarm.com.

Our main sales venues, other than online, are the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Saturday and Sunday, the Mill City Farmers Market on Saturday, and the numerous retail outlets found in our "Shop Locally" section.

I am hearing about bees dying. How are your bees doing?

Thanks for asking and caring! Our bees are generally fine, as are most of those kept by smaller and mid-sized bee/honey operations. Bees have always been beset by various pests and maladies, and Minnesota winters are hard on bees. This is nothing new, and they need to continue to evolve their natural defenses. Colonies have to be very actively managed to maintain good bee health. Most of the sudden "colony collapses" are being experienced by the very large growers who use their bees primarily for pollinating large industrial crops (after trucking them back and forth across the country) where the bees are possibly exposed to more pesticides and other adverse factors.

Is your honey organic?

No, because bees will forage over long distances for nectar, it is challenging to achieve an organic certification for honey. However, the care we take in locating our bee yards near good nectar sources and away from chemical spraying we think compensates for this. All of our honeys are Grade A, 100% pure Minnesota honey.