Norfolk Honey

Our honey is currently available from 5 local retail outlets:-

Greenfields, 9 Victoria Road, Gorleston, NR31 6EL.

Greenfields sell fruit and vegetables - some grown locally in Browston; flowers and plants;  and home made jams.




Bradwell Butchery. (click to open link)

An award winning butchery, bakery and deli in Crab Lane.

Calf at Foot Dairy (click to open link)


The Calf at Foot Dairy 
Home Farm,
Somerleyton,
Suffolk,  
NR32 5PR

The Egg Man/ Bacon King

On the B&Q/Argos car park in Great Yarmouth. Open most days from 10.


Sweet Obsession Bridge Road Oulton Broad (Click to open link)

A traditional sweet shop near Nicholas Everett Park.


Honey

The taste varies according to the plants that are flowering at the time, so as a natural product it will vary from year to year and throughout the season. We don’t blend or add anything at all and it is all gathered from plants local to the apiary. There’s no need to add anything to the honey so we don't do it. It's also not legal to do so! We sell honey as 'runny honey' and also soft-set honey for most of the year. Honey is usually extracted as 'runny-honey' and is quite fluid. However it will set after a period of time with the speed of setting governed by the type of sugars present - glucose and fructose. 


High levels of glucose will cause the honey to set quickly with a fine grain. High fructose honey sets slowly but with a grainy texture. In order to liquify it again, honey can be heated. The best way is to put it in a bowl of hot water and allow it to return to its liquid state slowly. However if you don't have to patience for that it can be microwaved on low power for one minute, stir, heat more, stir, until it is runny; but don't overheat as it can impair the flavour. 50C is the maximum temperature it should get to. Some suppliers refer to honey such as ours as 'raw' honey however this terminology has no meaning with regard to the honey regulations we abide by. Note that honey from the large manufacturers, that you would purchase in a supermarket, has generally been heat-treated and fine-filtered to stop it setting for a long time in the jar. The heat-treatment may remove valuable enzymes from the honey and the fine filtering removes pollen grains. We think that the best honey comes straight from the hive, avoiding industrial processes!

Picture right: Honey passing through a sieve into a honey bucket.



Picture left: A comb of honey. Click to enlarge. You can see the white cappings over the hexagonal honey comb. To extract the honey we cut off the cappings before the frames of honeycomb are put in the extractor and 'spun out'. The cappings can be fed back to the bees who will remove any remaining honey or can be used to make mead. The empty frames are returned to the hive - hopefully for re-filling! Any excess wax is saved and used.






Summer Phacelia forage in Norfolk

Picture left: beehives next to a field of 'pollinator friendly' plants. Phacelia is the predominant purple plant visible.







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