Fairhaven Farm honey ... when asked what it tastes like, we tell people, "It tastes like summer in a jar." That's because our honey carries the pure flavours and aromas of all the plants and flowers from which the bees collected their sweet nectar. We strive to maintain this purity in several ways:
Each area where our hives are located has its own distinct plants and flowers, and therefore the honey will taste slightly different from yard to yard. We are careful not to mix different batches of honey because blending dilutes the flavours unique to each bee yard.
We produce raw honey and unpasteurized honey that is slowly strained to remove debris. This allows the honey to retain its natural sweet flavour and nutrients. We do not pressure filter our honey because, while pressure filtering is much quicker, it alters the honey's taste and removes some of the nutrients.
It also removes pollen grains that can help reduce allergy symptoms and along with it, the nutritional benefits of bee pollen.
Honey is pasteurized when it is heated to 130F. This improves shelf life and melts any tiny granulated crystals that may have formed. Unpasteurized honey will crystallize more quickly, but immersing the jar in warm water melts crystals and restores the honey to its original form. And since edible honey has been found in Egyptian tombs, we feel that unpasteurized honey has a fairly long shelf life without being heated!
We sell only 100% Canadian honey. Most of it is local and comes from yards within 2 hours of the GTA. Blueberry honey comes from New Brunswick or Quebec while our wildflower, clover and buckwheat is pure Ontario honey.