The honey for these deliciously sweet and tangy tarts is as local as I can get it. It comes from Tim Bouwmeester, owner/operator of Desert Flower Honey on the Naramata Bench (next to Hillside Winery). Buying local is always a good thing. Buying honey locally is an even better thing.
Bit of a honey rant
Most honey comes from China, where beekeepers are notorious for keeping their bees healthy with antibiotics banned in North America because they seep into honey and contaminate it; packers there learn to mask the acrid notes of poor quality product by mixing in sugar or corn-based syrups to fake good taste.
None of this is on the label. Rarely will a jar of honey say “Made in China.” Instead, Chinese honey sold in North America is more likely to be stamped as Indonesian, Malaysian or Taiwanese, due to a growing multimillion dollar laundering system designed to keep the endless supply of cheap and often contaminated Chinese honey moving into North America, where tariffs have been implemented to staunch the flow and protect its own struggling industry.
All the more reason to pick up some local honey next time you are at the farmer’s market.
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Desert Flower Honey

from $12.00
100% local Naramata Honey from Desert Flower
Tim has been a beekeeper for over 30 years now and has had bees on the Naramata bench for 25 years. His bee yard is near Hillside Estates where he cares for his hives and rears queens.
Unpasteurized and Delicious!

Contact Information

Tim Bouwmeester
183 Kirkpatrick Avenue
Penticton, B.C. Canada
V2A 3P4