Locally Sourced Raw Wildflower Honey

  • I’m beyond happy to have found Ward and Brighton Honey. As a first year beekeeper, I was intimidated at taking on a new skill. After reading a few books I... read more

    Lydia Crawford
    June 27, 2022

    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

    Ward is a bee SAVIOR! He came to the golf course I work at and rather than exterminating a giant swarm of honeybees he tricked them into a box and... read more

    Jenna Carey
    September 16, 2021
  • 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

    Great honey, Chapstick, and honeycomb! Wonderful people😉

    September 16, 2020

    Brighton Honey has adorable, simple packaging with delicious honey inside. My three kids have had sore throats from colds and are delighted to have a little of Brighton Honey... read more

    Alejandro Perez
    January 25, 2023
  • Local honey!

    Gene Fleming
    January 20, 2023

    Fantastic honey and wonderful people.

    Willie Girten
    September 16, 2020

    WOW!!! Ward is terrific! We had a sudden Honeybee swarm turn into thousands of bees and a 9inch deep hive in our yard close to our pool. Ward returned our... read more

    Theresa Harpole
    September 16, 2020
  • We had a swarm end up in our yard. Gave Ward a call and within a half an hour was on site boxing them up. Came back the next day... read more

    Scott Grapensteter
    June 18, 2023

    Incredible honey. Very deep, rich flavor. Fantastic service. Great guy. Best in the area. Buy your honey here!

    Nathan Gellatly
    November 19, 2022

    The health benefits of raw honey is one reason that we buy our honey from Brighton honey. Honestly if it had no health benefit at all we would still... read more

    Linda Cochrane
    December 23, 2022
  • Ward was extremely helpful and supplied a quick quote for a company meeting gift consideration. I'm sure the honey is as sweet as the service.

    Tina DiVita
    September 16, 2020

    Great local honey, from an environmentally conscientious apiculturist.

    September 16, 2019

    Best honey around! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for some good local honey in NY.

    Gabriel Mangieri
    October 3, 2022
  • We have tried other honeys in area but family says this is the best.

    Bob Brady
    September 16, 2019

    We had a great experience the first time when I came out with my kids and we had a small tour along with explanation. Returned today to purchase more honey for... read more

    Mira Kuyunov
    September 21, 2022

    Love locally sourced

    Tammy Bryant
    December 26, 2022

Natural Raw 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 see 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.

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  • 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

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Humans have been consuming honey for thousands of years and in the geological infancy of hominids, honey would have been the only significant source of concentrated energy available. Honey was highly sought after and was considered an extremely extravagant gift in early civilizations. Honey has been used for medical purposes, trade, fermented as a beverage, and of course to sweeten tea. Honey is gathered as a crop by unique farmers called Beekeepers and the farm is called an Apiary. Beekeeping is the process of providing essential shelter and security for bees saving them work and energy. This protection and tending allow for the robbing of honey for human consumption. Beekeeping 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 of saving space and naturally creating a substance that protects the sugars from spoiling.

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Honey has been gathered and used by humans for over 10,000 years. It was even found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. The ancient Egyptians were not only well aware of honey’s medicinal properties but also produced mead, a fermented alcoholic beverage made from honey. Honey is still used medicinally today and many people believe that it has health benefits including treating allergies, wounds and burns as well as having antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. In addition to being delicious and nutritious, honey is 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.

Be nice to bees!

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.