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  • You know where to go if you need pure natural honey in Rochester. Plus Ward is happy to chat about his process and even offers a tour if interested.

    Olusola Ajibade
    September 21, 2023

    Absolutely top notch. Best honey in the area and unmatched customer service

    Tyler Perry
    September 16, 2020

    Ward was great! I had a few questions about bees around my outside deck! He was knowledgeable and was patient in answering all my questions! I can’t... read more

    September 16, 2019
  • The purchasing experience was wonderful and easy. Can’t wait to try this local honey!

    Kalila McLeod
    September 16, 2020

    My wife and I took our two young grandsons to learn about beekeeping, and Ward was wonderfully accommodating. He did a great job showing and talking about the bees and... read more

    David Meade
    September 16, 2021

    Excellent service great product honey was amazing I highly recommend it to

    September 16, 2020
  • The honey was fantastic customer service was phenomenal if your looking to purchase pure honey from a reputable company this is the best around

    Lou D'Alessio
    December 18, 2023

    Very friendly staff and great honey.

    Steve Gilbert
    November 14, 2023

    We were in town for parent's weekend at R.I.T. and were looking for something different to do outdoors. I called Brighton Honey to inquire about a visit to the apiary... read more

    October 22, 2021
  • Excellent raw honey! I was looking for a local place to buy raw honey and I found it here!! The honey is soooo delicious and good. I will be buying... read more

    Chad Gillikin
    September 16, 2020

    Absolutely amazing tasting honey! I was able to get a tour and everything was very clean. Ward's knowledge on beekeeping is unmatched and he doesn't just do honey. I was... read more

    David Buzzella
    October 28, 2021

    Great honey, Chapstick, and honeycomb! Wonderful people😉

    September 16, 2020
  • Ward came out and dealt with a honey bee hive in our neighbors Tree. he came out the morning after I called and removed the hive safely and with... read more

    Arron Hall
    June 30, 2022

    I found this place online on Friday evening and was able to “schedule” a time to show up for a short tour the next day. Ward is extremely welcoming not... read more

    David Kensek
    August 1, 2021

    Ward did a wonderful presentation to our garden club! Ward took the time to customize his presentation to our group & make it very interesting and relevant to the group’s... read more

    Allyson Hiranandani
    October 25, 2023
  • Ward is very accommodating! Always Delicious!

    Christina Terry
    August 21, 2022

    Fantastic honey and great people! Will buy from again. Highly recommended. The fall honey is superb

    joseph graham
    September 16, 2020

    The best honey out there!!!!!!

    john knight
    September 21, 2021

Local Wildflower Honey

Located in the town of Brighton just outside Rochester, New York is our apiary and gardens. At Brighton Honey, we are passionate about honey and pride ourselves on producing locally sourced wildflower honey without chemicals, antibiotics, or pesticides. It's natural, raw honey sourced from my hives. If you are looking for local honey please contact us or you can purchase honey online. If you want to stop by to purchase honey and you can see the bees hard at work. Brighton Honey is 100% pure, raw, unfiltered, all-natural, and is never heat-treated. If you hold it up to the sunlight you can see specks of pollen grains and tiny pieces of white beeswax, something that missing in processed or imported honey typically from the supermarket.

If you are looking for honey in the Hudson Valley please visit my brother's site West Nyack Honey

Some Interesting Honey Facts

Honey is a natural plant product gathered by bees and is:

  • Naturally vegan
  • Naturally kosher
  • A near-zero carbon footprint source of concentrated energy!
  • What is honey?
    What is honey? Honey is concentrated flower nectar that has been processed by bees. The bees ingest the nectar and enzymes break down complex sugars into simple sugars. The bees then place the honey in wax cells and fan it with their wings to remove the excess moisture. Honey is 80% natural sugar, mostly fructose, and glucose. Honey is much sweeter than table sugar.
  • What is local honey?

    Local honey can be considered local to the region where the nectar is gathered and its source. The region is based on geography along with the tree cover and wildflower mix. Most of the nectar in the spring is from trees while the fall honey is from fall wildflowers.

  • Will honey help my cough?

    Will honey help my cough? Yes! Honey is a long-trusted remedy for temporary relief from coughing. Honey has also been shown to be more effective in treating children’s coughs than over the counter cough medicines.

  • How many calories in honey?

    How many calories in honey? Each tablespoon of honey contains about 60 calories. Honey has a healthy glycemic index (GI) because its simple sugars are gradually absorbed into the bloodstream. It may be better than some other sweeteners for those who need to watch their sugar intake.

    honey nutritional label

  • What is raw honey?

    Raw honey is honey that is taken directly from the hive without heat stabilization or additives. Raw honey will naturally crystallize over time.

  • What is Honeycomb?

    A honeycomb is a structure of a hexagonal lattice of cells made from wax that honeybees use for honey storage and brood rearing. Honeycomb is a delicacy and is honey that is sealed in beeswax cells is the purest form of raw honey. The wax has little or no nutritional value and will pass through our gut without issue. For more information: Wikipedia link

    Raw Cut Honeycomb; Raw Comb Honey Spring Light

    raw cut comb honeycomb brightonhoney.com

For millennia, humans have been consuming honey. During the early days of hominids, honey was the primary source of concentrated energy. In ancient civilizations, honey was a highly prized and luxurious gift. Honey has been utilized for medicinal purposes, trade, fermentation for beverages, and as a natural sweetener for tea. Beekeepers, who manage an apiary, are unique farmers who cultivate honey as a crop. Beekeeping is the process of providing a safe and secure habitat for bees which in turn saves them energy and allows for the harvesting of honey for human consumption. This practice has been around for centuries and is one of the most important agricultural practices.

Natural Honey is a highly concentrated solution of sugars from flower nectar or a solution that has reached supersaturation. The complex flavors of local honey are a unique combination of the flora within a geographic location and the influences of climate and soil. Flower nectar is the treat or payment to bees provided by plants in trade for pollination. Honeybees drive off the water concentrating the nectar which accomplishes two major objectives saving space and naturally creating a substance that protects the sugars from spoiling.

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Humans have been gathering and using honey for over 10,000 years. It was even discovered in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The ancient Egyptians were well aware of honey's medicinal properties and produced mead, a fermented alcoholic beverage made from honey. Even today, honey is used as a medicine and many believe it has health benefits, including treating allergies, wounds, burns, and having antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Honey is not only delicious and nutritious but also a natural product with multiple uses beyond eating it out of the jar. It can be used as a sweetener in recipes or beverages, as an ingredient in DIY beauty products, or added to your skincare routine. You can even use it around the house as a cleaning agent or household remedy.

Being nice to all bees is crucial for their well-being and the health of our planet. Here are a few ways to show kindness to bees: 1. Plant bee-friendly flowers and plants: Create a bee-friendly garden by growing a variety of nectar and pollen-rich flowers. Bees rely on these floral resources for their survival and pollination. 2. Avoid using pesticides: Many pesticides are harmful to bees and can contribute to their decline. Opt for natural pest control methods or use organic alternatives that are safe for bees. 3. Provide water sources: Bees need water for hydration. Create bee-friendly water sources like shallow dishes or birdbaths with floating objects for bees to land on and drink safely. 4. Build bee houses or nests: Some bee species, like solitary bees, require nesting sites. You can construct bee houses using materials like bamboo or drilled wooden blocks to provide shelter for these bees. 5. Educate others: Spread awareness about the importance of bees and their declining populations. Encourage others to be kind to bees and take action to protect them. Remember, by being nice to bees, you are not only helping them but also playing a vital role in maintaining biodiversity and ensuring the pollination of many plants that we rely on for our food and ecosystems.

Unlike other bee-like insects, honeybees are vegetarians and don’t like to be around humans. The only reason honeybees may be interested in you is they smell something sweet perhaps perfume or conditioner. Never swat at bees. If you ever see a clump of bees please make a beekeeper happy and give them a call and let them rescue the bees.