Field to Fingers Focus: Honey
We at Don’t Go Nuts have put a lot of thought, love, and care into sourcing our ingredients and making sure they are the finest quality. One of our key ingredients for our energy snack bars is honey, as featured in our Boogie Board Bash bar. Ours is a blend of alfalfa and clover honey. We made a strategic decision to source our honey from a local fourth generation beekeeping family.
Our decision about honey was challenging because we have a goal of always using organic ingredients. Honey is virtually impossible to certify organic in the U.S. because it is not feasible to have a five-mile setback for a honey production site as required by organic certification guidelines. So in order to source organically certified honey, our option was to import it from Mexico or South America, where commercial beekeeping farms are much larger and can achieve an appropriate setback.
As a company that strives to be environmentally respectful and responsible, the massive carbon imprint this would have demanded versus sourcing locally simply did not make sense to us—especially considering that we want to fully support our local community. Thus, we were willing to source our honey as “conventional,” even though we are applying for our own QAI Organic Certification.
We hope you understand the integrity influencing our decision making process.
Beeyond the Hive was founded in 2005 by the current proprietors, Jamie and Jacy Johnston. Their family beekeeping operations were originally founded in 1908 by their grandparents, some of the earliest beekeepers in Colorado. Bees account for 80% of all pollination, and evidence of beekeeping dates back to the Stone Age. Many commercial bees are experiencing the devastating effects of Colony Collapse at this time. Beeyond the Hive’s bees are happy and healthy, and their precious honey is delicious!
As we explored the world of honey, we wondered whether it would be a problem that bees pollinate trees that grow nuts, such as almonds. We learned that because the bees pollinate the tree’s flowers in spring, when no fruit or nut is present, there is never any contact between the bees and the almonds.
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