Honey, Honey

An Open Letter to My Honey:

The Write Place

Dear Honey,

You are dear to me, but you are also just plain dear. You may be wild, and I love you for that, but you certainly are not free. And raw? Yes, raw and natural is you at your best. But all that is just too rich for my budget.  Even when you are local, honey, sweet you may be, but you are costing me far more than I can afford.

I’ve given up having you with cookies. I am trying to substitute other sweet things, but it’s just no good; because hot, with Earl Grey tea, you are the real deal.

When I walk down the path of the fresh farmer’s market, I want you at my side. I search for you among the stalls. Just to see you sitting there, standing out in the crowd, makes me want to pull that twenty-dollar-bill out from my pocket so I can take you home with me.

But it must stop. Twenty this Thursday, then twenty next Thursday will soon break me. How can something so good for you be so, so bad? I am going to miss you. I will love you forever.

Warm Wishes, Marsha

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18 thoughts on “Honey, Honey

  1. For the first time in…as long as I can remember…I bought generic blended honey from the supermarket last week. I’m a honey connoisseur…I’ve tried almost every type…I eat it off the spoon…but I can’t afford decent honey any longer 😦

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    1. Have you tried avocado honey? Complex, hint of mustiness.. We seriously need to start wine-like vocabulary to define honey. In the picture, I put an organic honey (not raw, unfortunately) next to the raw-wild one. I bought it in a 3-pack from Costco and am pretty happy with it. I feel your pain – the best honey is just getting too expensive.

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      1. Avocado honey?! I’ve never seen that here in the UK. Raw honey seems to be quite a rare thing here too. I am just coming to the end of a jar of raw Thyme, mono-flower honey which is nice though a bit odd. The smell reminds me of a home-brewing beer mixture. I’m trying to find a good, set substitute for the increasingly expensive Manuka honey which I enjoy eating straight out of the jar (seems a waste to put it on anything). I haven’t been able to afford it in months.

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      2. You really are a connoisseur. Too bad about the lack of raw honey. None in farmer’s markets, or other straight-to-buyers venues? Here, it does tend to be less expensive than in the high-ed markets where you find the ‘good stuff.’ I’ll look for Manuka honey next time I get a wind-fall. Thanks for the tips.

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  2. At this point in our lives, most of us could be sustained with our favorite coffee, tea, glass of vino and something as wonderful as honey. Winnie the Pooh had his priorities in order. Straight from the spoon, if you can. Buy good honey when you can and do not get your head stuck in the honey jar.

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  3. Now Stanley should know exactly what to get you for your birthday….. a bee hive! Then you can add “harvest raw honey” to your puttering.

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      1. My Dad had a bee hive as a hobby when I was a boy. We had a large yard in Southern California so it was easy to put the hive at the back of the property near a big hill away from everyone. When we moved to Northern California, the hive was put into a U-Haul at night and the next morning it was in an orchard in Los Altos (there were lots of orchards in Santa Clara County at one time). I took it for granted, but we always had an abundance of honeycomb dripping with the best tasting honey.

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  4. Honey is not a luxury. I would cut out many other things before quality honey. Avoid the grocery store stuff, as this is pasturized at 300F from poor quality honey. This process makes is little better than white sugar. Honey bees do not gather pollen from clover, so if the bottle advertises “clover honey” don’t buy it. It has clover extract in it. We are fortunatelfy to have a local beekeeper, whom we call up, visit and acquire his latest harvests. He gives us a buck off when we return the bottles.
    Oscar

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    1. Okay, you convinced me – I won’t give up good honey. I’ll cut back on Stanley’s soda pop.
      The honey man in Ukraine always wanted his jars back – I thought it was ingenious (he never gave me a kopek off the next purchase, tho!). I heard that about clover honey – and it’s everywhere.

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    2. Oh my, I shall feel really quilty when I pour out my next drip of honey from the little bear I bought yesterday that says “Glover.” My taste buds don’t know good from bad. You do enlighten us hermit. I will never buy “Glober” again, but being thrifty, I must continue to use my little bear. Living on the mountain top has it’s advantages.

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  5. Eating local honey is good for your immune system, so think of it as preventive medicine. I buy a local honey at Whole Foods. Not as expensive as yours, but not as costly, either.

    Soda? Well, that’s just wrong. There is nothing healthy about soda. That’s where you should make an adjustment!

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    1. Doesn’t soda pop rot everything? Stanley will complain, but he doesn’t understand the joys of honey.
      I’m such a fan of local honey. It tastes wonderful, promotes good economy close to home, good for health as you say. The expense of my honey wasn’t the biggest problem, my biggest problem is the quantity that I consume!

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