Our Honey

UPDATE 05/27/2024:
Honey from my latest harvests is all gone !!!

Honey from my latest honey harvest is all sold out…. This harvested honey was a light amber color and had that distinctive flavor of the autumn flora!!  The bees are already gearing up for the 2024 spring honey making and it will be delicious for sure but different because springtime flora pollen and nectar is so different from late summer flora pollen and nectar.
My honey availability is always kept current on this website, so check back often. 

Quantity Description
Price each  Available
1 One pound (16oz) plastic squeeze bottle.
These food grade bottles have a top with a rubber diaphragm which makes for a leak-free cap that instantly seals after every squeeze.

When honey is available, pick up at YOUR convenience as there will be a drive by self serve “honey table” set up when the honey harvest has been completed.  The honey table will be available 8AM-6PM daily and details will show on the following link for the honey table address which is near the I-75 105 exit and the Golden Gate Parkway  .  If pickup is not possible, let me know and I will try to deliver your honey at no delivery charge.

The honey bottle shown to the right is a one pound bottle of my hives’ pure local raw honey that has been taken directly from the hive to the bottle.  It contains all the pollen, nutrients, antioxidants, and antibacterial properties of local raw honey. It is never heated and always bottled within minutes of extraction from the hive. It simply doesn’t get any fresher or more natural than this.  I use no chemicals in or around my apiary and only extract capped honey from the hives (important! …because uncapped honey available in a hive has not been fully processed by the bees) and then I do multiple refractometer readings to make sure the honey is at or below the maximum 18.5% moisture content for quality honey.  By using precise methods to extract and bottle the NaplesBees honey I am able to protect the natural and healthy enzymes present only in unheated raw honey.   Click here for a short video explaining why local raw honey has all the health benefits you won’t find in the store bought honey .   The rich amber color shade of my honey varies from lighter to darker depending on the source of the nectar, which is a result of what flora is naturally available to the bees in the particular months of the seasons.

Did you know????……… Unlike many commercial and backyard beekeepers, I am careful to harvest only CAPPED honey from my hives. Many beekeepers will harvest the capped AND uncapped honey all in one go since it is easier and quicker. Uncapped honey is not finished processing by the bees but lets the beekeeper get more “honey” volume and most people have no idea of what’s going on. The uncapped honey is not fully cured and not sealed with a wax cap by the bees and therefor does not have all the sweetness and goodness of the fully processed capped honey. The bees know what they are doing and a good beekeeper will tune in to that.  In my small apiary, I focus on the quality, not the quantity because this is backyard beekeeping of passion, not profit!!  When buying local raw honey always try to ask the beekeeper if the honey only comes from the beehive’s capped honey cells and doesn’t include a significant amount of uncapped honey.

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    Our honey bottle front label was produced with artistic license by one of those responsible for starting this hobby beekeeping adventure years ago.  Although there may be a resemblance to the famous farmer and his wife, rest assured these young at heart faces are the ones related to this beekeeping endeavor.  The Depression-era understanding of American Gothic extolled the original farmer and his wife as steadfast embodiments of American virtue and the pioneer spirit…..  “American democracy was built upon the labors of men and women of stout hearts and firm jaws, such people as shown”

    Our honey bottle back label contains all the information to meet the Florida State requirements for selling honey.

    Benefits of Local Raw Honey:

    The best, most health giving, beneficial, honey is raw honey. This is unheated, unprocessed, unfiltered, unstrained honey which has all of the enzymes, vitamins, minerals, pollen, and propolis that the bees created it with. It tends to be cloudy, and you can see pollen and bits of propolis and comb floating around in it.

    Refined honey has been heated and strained, which destroys all of the beneficial enzymes, removes the nutrition, and essentially leaves the honey nothing more than honey flavored sugar with none of the health benefits that people take honey for to begin with. The reason for the heating and destroying of the health benefits is simply to make the honey look appealing. refined honey is crystal clear with nothing floating in it. This is thought to be more appealing to consumers and believed to sell better because of its visual appeal, though it is closer to being toxic than healthful in this refined form…. above wording is a comment from “Glenn

    The general consensus is that raw honey straight from the hive, unlike grocery store processed commercial honey, is the best. The web is full of articles relating to the many health benefits of such raw honey……here are a few links…..

    Why your NaplesBees honey will keep a long long time.

    What will happen to your body when you eat honey

    Bee Gold — Honey as a SuperFood

    Think that honey you buy at the supermarket is the real stuff?  Leave it to the Chinese as millions of pounds of imported honey may not be what you think it is.  Netflix has an informative documentary series called “Rotten” and the first episode is all about honey and some of the shady things that go on in the commercial end of beekeeping.

    Honey fraud is rampant in the United States because of what can go on in the commercial honey industry.  Read about that here.

    If you think all honey is the same, read this very recent article on what the Chinese and others are up to regarding importing honey!

    If you care about what kind of honey you are eating, always seek out LOCAL area honey.  Most store bought honey will be adulterated in some way and many contain Chinese imported honey, probably the absolute worst honey you can consume:
    This is a global problem in the commercial honey industry!!

    Another general summary is written by the clinical nutritionist, Dr. Axe, on his site Food is Medicine .

    The following is an excerpt from another very interesting article, “Things You Didn’t Know About Honey“. Read the whole article and comments for a great revue of all aspects of natural raw unprocessed honey:

    Things You Didn’t Know About Honey

    As far as natural sweeteners go, honey does have a place. The main thing to remember when it comes to honey is that not all honey is created equal. The antibacterial activity in some honeys is 100 times more potent than in others, while processed refined honey will lack many of these beneficial properties altogether. Your average domestic “Grade A” type honey found in the grocery store is likely highly processed. It’s also been found that more than 75 percent of the honey on American supermarket shelves may be ultra-processed—to the point that all inherent medicinal properties are completely gone—and then smuggled into the country by the barrel drum. Nearly all of this “fake” honey is made in China. Some of these brokers will even create bogus country of origin papers. All 60 jars of “honey” tested by Food Safety News (FSN) came back negative for pollen, which is a clear sign of ultra-processing.15 According to FSN:

    “The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies. The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others have also ruled that without pollen, there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”

    In their investigation, FSN discovered the following:

    • 76 percent of honey samples bought at grocery stores (such as TOP Food, Safeway, QFC, Kroger, Harris Teeter, etc.) were absent of pollen
    • 77 percent of the honey from big box stores (like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Target) were absent of pollen
    • 100 percent of the honey sampled from drug stores (like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS Pharmacy) were absent of pollen

    The good news is all of the samples from farmers markets, co-ops, and natural stores like Trader Joe’s had the full, proper compliment of pollen, as did organic brands from common grocery stores. When choosing honey, be sure it is raw, unfiltered, and 100% pure, from a trusted source.