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Hometown Honey

Locally produced honey is abundant in the East Bay.


All Photography by Sara Remington

Unemployment may be up, but local bees are busier than ever, judging by the jars of honey on store shelves.

If you live in Walnut Creek, don’t settle for the sweet nectar of Pleasant Hill. If you’re in Pleasant Hill, don’t think those high-rent bees over in Orinda do it better. Each town seems to have its own honey, whether you live in Martinez, San Ramon, Livermore, or points in between.


Eating local is eating green. And artisanal honey producers don’t heat the flavor out of their varieties the way industrial makers do. Also, small-scale producers have not been much affected by Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious problem that has caused the disappearance of 20 billion bees in recent years.

What’s more, some people think honey that comes from the nectar of plants growing right in your own neighborhood eases allergy symptoms.

Anyhow, that’s the story, Honey, and we’re sticking to it.


Look for local honey at farmers markets and stores such as Diablo Foods in Lafayette, Harvest House in Concord, Valley Health Mill in Pleasanton, Van’s in Livermore, Windmill Farms in San Ramon, and Whole Foods.

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