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Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 490
Registered: 02-2002
Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2004 - 09:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There was a thread a couple months back about finding sources of bulk honey for making mead. I believe the original poster was in MA somewhere. If you are still in need, I recommend you hit the closest agricultural fair immediately. The Big E is still going on and should do the job.

In 2 hours at the Durham Fair (a large local ag fair) today, I found 3 vendors selling honey from their own hives, 2 of whom make their own mead, and one of them said he stocked varietal honeys for mead makers. All quoted prices in the $2/lb range for 30lb orders. I also scribbled down the names of a dozen local farms which had entered honeys for judging. I don't know which, if any, of them sell retail, but I'll guess that some do.
The company of those who seek the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the company of those who think they've found it. -- Terry Pratchett
 

Doug W
Junior Member
Username: Pivorat

Post Number: 87
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Saturday, September 25, 2004 - 11:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey,
We picked up 120+ lbs of Honey today here in Mid Michigan, Wabiel Farms, at a rate of 1.30/lb that included some really nice pour spout buckets. Ken Schramm of the Compleat Meadmaker has tried their honey and Loves it or so he claimed at the MSF this year. Ken, if you read B&V Drop me a note and I now know how to get you Raw Bulk from them. We talked just after the BOS competition when you signed your book for me.

Anyways, its E time as was already stated.......
Let the Honey flow...........

oh, one bad thing I discovered today thou...... Cider is at $4.00/gal ....... ACK!
 

Craig
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Username: Sail

Post Number: 85
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 01:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Doug,

Where is Wabiel Farms? I live in East Lansing. I have found that you can buy Meijer brand honey for cheap. I thought it was around $1/lb but I noticed that it isn't all USA Honey. So if you aren't going for flavor as much as fermentables, that could be one option.

Craig
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 686
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 02:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Much of the inexpensive honey at discount chains is from Brazil. It used to be from China, but the US was allowed to impose a tariff on Chinese honey because of alleged "dumping" at unfairly low prices. It's one reason the price of honey has increased in the past few years. The $1.30 a pound mentioned above for domestic honey is a good price.
 

Steve Fletty
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Username: Cheesehead

Post Number: 58
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Monday, September 27, 2004 - 04:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Use this:

http://www.honeylocator.com/
 

Doug W
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Username: Pivorat

Post Number: 91
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 02:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Waibel Farms is located in Linwood, Michigan. Which is about a hour and half, maybe 1hr 45 minutes from you there. its just about 8 miles North of Bay City, if you know where that is at. If you want to know more lemme know.
 

Doug W
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Username: Pivorat

Post Number: 92
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 02:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Honey Locator is nice, but often times you overlook local producers trying to use that list.

My .02 cents
 

George Schmidt
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Username: Gschmidt

Post Number: 136
Registered: 08-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2004 - 02:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not exactly varietal honey, to be sure, but I bought honey today at Aldi's for $2 a pound. 24 oz jars for $3. The home vintner at a local winery recommended it to me. I'm making a melomel (my first) so I figure the fruit will overwhelm any honey flavors anyway.
Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ~~Robert A. Heinlein: The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
 

Dave Johnston
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Username: Bigtattoo

Post Number: 53
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, October 04, 2004 - 02:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I contacted the State Dept. of Agriculture. They keep a listing of all the bee keepers in the state. Around here honey is going for $2.00/lb in 5 gallon buckets.