Ames Farm the Best Source for Local Minnesota Raw Honey!
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NO! 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 in a creamy state that many people actually enjoy. If you prefer to restore your honey to a fully liquid state, gently warm the jar in a pan of water on the stove to around 100 F. Bee patient and let the heat diffuse through the honey.
Again, 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, however, it's best kept away from heat and strong sunlight.
Unfortunately, no; we do not offer tours and have no on-site farm store. Our main sales venues, other than online, are the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Saturday and Sunday, the Mill City Farmers Market on Saturday, the Minneapolis Farmers Market on Nicollet Mall on Thursdays and the numerous retail outlets found in our "Shop Locally" section.
Thanks for asking and caring! Our bees are fine as are most of those kept by smaller and mid-sized bee/honey operations. There has been a lot of sensational and misinformation spun up in the popular media. Brian frequently comments about this on Facebook and Twitter. The fact is that 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.
Well, no, but. Because bees will forage over long distances for nectar, it is challenging to achieve an organic certification for honey. 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.