When looking to buy local honey, there are several options in the Cape Fear Area. A good place to start is one of the local farmer’s markets. Farmer’s markets are usually open from spring through fall and offer a wide variety of fresh goodies from local farms such as eggs, bread, jams, honey and flowers.
The Riverfront Farmers’ Market, a curbside market in Downtown Wilmington along the Cape Fear River. This market features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products often include fresh vegetables, fruits and berries, herbs, flowers, plants, eggs, cheeses, farm raised meats, seafood, honey, baked goods and confections, legumes, pickled items, jams & jellies, arts & crafts, and more. The Riverfront Farmers’ Market is located on N. Water Street in Historic Downtown Wilmington along the Cape Fear River. It is open Saturdays through Dec. 18, 2010.
Another option for fresh, local honey is The Farmers’ Market at Poplar Grove, held each Wednesday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., April thru December. Poplar Grove’s market features local, all North Carolina grown and handmade products such as local seafood, fresh cut flowers, goat cheese, farm-raised beef and goat meats, fresh vegetables and produce, organic produce and blueberries, landscape and bedding plants, fresh-cut herbs, handmade unique arts and crafts, honey, fresh fruits and berries, and more. Poplar Grove Historic Plantation is located on highway 17 north, between Wilmington and Hampstead at Scotts Hill.
The farmers market at Carolina Beach was recently moved to a location near the marina and extended through Dec. 18.
Silver Spoon Apiaries, Inc. sells honey and other hive products produced through natural beekeeping methods, features its products at both local Farmer’s Markets in Wilmington. They also sell bees and beekeeping equipment and supplies and have hives throughout Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick counties. The honey products they offer include extracted honey, honey in the comb, comb honey, and creamed honey. Their honey products are offered by Natures Way Farm at both the Riverfront Farmers Market & Pender County Farmers Market at Poplar Grove Plantation.
The Tidal Creek Co-op, a full service grocery store, offers a wide selection of local products, including a large organic produce department. Local goods include produce when available, goat cheeses, honey, granola and chocolate.
— Brandy Swart
Date posted: November 1, 2010