To include (given appropriate zoning and licencing)- Organic and All-Natural (when applicable by US or EU laws) Honey, mead, beeswax, cut wildflowers, table grapes, wine, apples (fruit, juice, non-fermented cider, cider, applejack), Small common hops, craft beer, flowering perennial herbs, and related agricultural products.
Note- because the foraging range of honeybees can exceed 3 miles, no honey can be certified organic in an open system (except in extreme, isolated circumstances).
See more- National Honey Board- http://www.honey.com/honey-industry/honey-testing-and-regulations/honey-labeling/other-labeling-terms-and-suggestions/
We hope to have our honey and processing certified Kosher. The Village of Fleischmanns has a prominent Jewish community, with Conservative, Orthodox, and Hasidic traditions practiced. See more- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congregation_B%27nai_Israel_Synagogue
Honey is not heavily regulated, which is why there is a resurgence in home beekeeping, to combat adulterated products from China. There are no tests to prove the origin of honey once the pollen has been filtered out. Our honey is unfiltered or cut comb, so you know it’s local and the pollen can even be seen in our product. Perfect for building up an immunity to local pollen allergens.
Honey is regulated by the FDA as a food, and as such, it cannot be marketed in this country unless it is shown to be safe, sanitary, wholesome, and labeled in a truthful manner. So, FDA’s interest in the bee industry is basically two-fold: ensuring the quality and purity of honey and ensuring the health of honeybees. There is, however, no testing, certification, or quality assurance of honey and honey products. While the honey industry uses a grading system to classify quality as a guideline for presentation, the Federal government does not recognise any system of quality or grade for unfiltered or comb honey. The USDA honey grading system for strained or filtered honey is a voluntary system. No enforcement or checking is performed.
Importance of honeybees
Bees are vital for the pollination of more than 90 fruit and vegetable crops worldwide, including almonds, peaches, soybeans, apples, pears, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and strawberries. The economic value of these agricultural commodities is somewhere in the area of almost $15 billion in the United States alone. Aside from agricultural crops, many native plants are also pollinated by honeybees, thereby illustrating how the entire ecosystem is being affected by Colony Collapse Disorder. The latest science from France, the EU, and now US show correlation between genetically-embedded pesticides in cash crops and developmental dysfunction in pollinators. The FDA’s research is industry-funded, so the companies that create the pesticides are the ones providing the studies of efficacy and detrimental side-effects. Clearly a conflict of interest, though better than no information at all.
While Griffin Corners, LLC and Chasing Honey Farm uses organic and biodynamic farming techniques, we remind our customers that our bees may roam into our neighbours properties for pollen, which may be inorganically grown. We do our best to assure our bees have sufficient pollen and water sources on our 5-acre farm.