Frequently asked questions
What is considered "raw honey"?
The term "raw honey" applies to honey that is not heated above 135 degrees. This allows the honey to retain its natural state and holistic intregrity.
Is Thomas Honey raw?
Yes! Industry standards for raw honey include avoiding excessive heat and filtration. When we extract the honey from hives, it is spun out of the frames and pumped into 55 gallon drums. Then, when it is time to package the product, the honey is slowly warmed to approximately 90-100 degrees. Warming the honey allows us to strain out impurities such as wax bits or an occasional "fallen soldier". This process is very different from pasteurization and filtration practices that remove pollen, enzymes, and antioxidants. We pride ourselves in carefully handling our honey to give you the highest "raw" quality around.
Why is some honey so much cheaper?
While there could be different answers for this, the one we give the most is "Check your labels!" The domestic honey market is currently facing tremendous challenges with an influx of foreign product. Honey harvested and/or packaged outside the US is not subject to the standards we hold ourselves to. Both the content of the actual product and the practices used to harvest and package may or may not be reliable.
What exactly are your "standards"?
Standards we adhere to, which contribute to sustained cost, include:
Where do I buy your honey?
As a small business, we feel its important to support other small businesses! We have an extensive network of companies who retail our honey and others who use our honey in their coffee, food recipes, or health and skincare products. We always love to refer to these associates, but you can also buy our product online or at our facility in Lake City. You can check our our "Find Our Honey" page to find locations where our honey is sold (including our personal location).
Tell me about Payments and Shipping...
All website pricing includes the cost of shipping and we utilize PayPal for safe and secure online payments.
What about Returns and Refunds...
Please contact us with any product concerns. We pride ourselves in getting and keeping happy customers. When it comes to our honey, we don't compromise and we don't want you to either!
How should I store my raw honey?
Honey is shelf stable at 70-80 degrees and does not need to be refridgerated. You should store your honey in a dry place away from direct sunlight or heat, such as a cabinet or pantry. Honey containers can be glass or plastic but should have a tight fitting lid. (Its best to avoid metal containers because they can oxidize.)
Does honey go bad?
Did you know that modern archiologists have found pots of thousand year old honey, untouched and ready to eat?
What should I do if my honey has crystalized?
If you are a kid of the 90's who ate chips on your sandwich....now is your time!! It is my personal opinion that there is nothing better than a peanut butter and honey sandwich with crystalized honey for a little crunch! It can be used as normal in everything from snacks to baking to afternoon tea.
How do you get different varieties of honey?
The difference in honey varieties (Gallberry, Wild Flower, Clover, Orange Blossom) is due to the difference in nectar source. Just like flowers each have a different smell, honey made from those flowers each have a different taste.
Do you produce your own honey?
Yes. We also buy some of the honey we bottle.