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Friday
Jun042010

Honey for my honeys: an Ames Farm honey giveaway

I bought a small gift for one of you yesterday at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. I couldn't resist!  When I saw this charming little honey jar paired with this little handmade beeswax votive candle, I knew I had to do my first giveaway.  

One of my favorite things about the farmers market is visiting the Ames Farm honey stand.  Even though I really don't eat sweeteners, I make a once a week exception in the summertime for a tiny, itty bitty little sample spoonful of their honey.  Ames Farm honey is, in my opinion, the best honey out there. It one of the things that I love about the amazing food culture we have here in Minnesota, and I want to share it with one of you!  Actually, I want to share it with all of you, but I don't have that kind of income.

What makes their honey so darn special?

Ames Farm honeys are raw, single source honeys. That means that each jar of their honey is unique to a specific growing period at one of 18 locations and 300 hives in Minnesota, and limited to the pollen of a single floral source in bloom during that time.  The flavor of each honey varies significantly, it is incredible! Some are very flowery and perfumy, others have an almost minty quality, while others have dark tannin notes.  It is like tasting really good coffee or chocolate or wine - the flavors and aromas are so different, and a true pleasure.  They give a good description of their collection methods here.  You can even track your honey to its specific hive from the number on the label! Pretty cool, huh?  Ames Farm honey has gotten a lot of great press and pretty amazing reviews.  In fact, the lovely woman who works the stand at the Thursday market has lots of fancy chef friends (some of whom work for the Food Network) who only like to use Ames Farm honeys in their cooking and baking due to their unique and varied flavors.  Each honey is so different, and have qualities that make them perfect for a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes.  

I tried one today that blew my mind, it was a creamed basswood honey that was positively gorgeous. Another one of my favorites is the Savory Marsh Flower Honey and the Blue Earth Buckwheat.  They also have all sorts of other interesting flavors: melon, purple loosestrife, Fall Wildflower, sweet clover, and boneset, just to name a few.  Their selection is amazing! I used their Blue Earth Buckwheat in my Buckwheat Honey Mustard, and it is just so so good, unlike any other buckwheat honey I've ever had. Their online store doesn't have the full assortment, but a good number of basic varieties.  They also sell in a number of retail location in the Midwest and around the country - check out their store listing.

The Prize

A 2-oz. jar of Ames Farm single source milkweed honey and 100% beeswax votive candle. The milkweed honey is absolutely delicious, another one of my favorite varieties.  This honey is a truly unique, seasonal, and local product that is created with love and care, and you taste it in every drop.   I will mail it to the winner.

How to Enter

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you like to use honey in your kitchen. 
  2. Tweet this giveaway and link back to this post, and leave a comment telling me that you did.
  3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook and link back to this post, and leave a comment telling me that you did.
  4. Write about this giveaway on your blog and link back to this post, and leave a comment telling me that you did.

Please make sure you leave an e-mail address when leaving your comment so I can contact you if you win!  The more things you do, the more chance you have to win! I will select a winner through a random number generator.

Deadline

Contest closes Wednesday, June 9 at 9 pm CST, and winner will be announced Thursday, June 10.  

Good luck, my little honey bees!

xoxo, Kim

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Reader Comments (18)

I know it's cliche, but I love honey in my tea!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVirginia

how sweet. :D I use honey in baked goods sometimes. also in salad dressings and hot cereals.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterannette

I put a teaspoon of honey in my tea instead of sugar.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

We gobble raw honey up around here! I use it in all of my smoothies, my salad dressings, and when baking cookies/muffins and for raw cookies....I also use it as a hydrating facial mask & when anyone around here has an inkling they may be getting a cold, sore throat, etc, we take a tsp of honey coated in turmeric by mouth every couple of hours. Kicks the nasty away before it manifests into something worse. We swear by this Ayurvedic remedy!!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaye Stain

Oh, honey is one of my favorite things. I discovered the wild and wide variety of honeys when I lived in northern Illinois, and I'll never go back to the bear on the shelf.

Here in my current location, there's an urban beekeeper who has wonderful honey, though not with all the variety that you're talking about. I love honey in every way, but most especially melting on biscuits or cornbread. Too bad I can't have biscuits or cornbread anymore. Or honey, really, I guess. Boo.

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Oh fun! We use honey in our homemade cough syrups and occasionally in some of our oatmeal!
xoxo

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercrookedmoonmama

I like making cornbread and then adding some vegan butter and honey on top. Heat it up in the microwave very briefly to cause everything to melt into the cornbread. Yum yum!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra

I use honey in many ways. The most common are: to sweeten my tea, to make honey-mustard dips, and to make sweet dressings. Honey can also be a nice way to flavor yogurt or icecream. I love honey!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEllie

My daughter's favorite dessert is yogurt and honey and I love honey on a big slice of my homemade GF bread in the morning!

June 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterApril

When we have a cold, we use honey in our tea. So good!!!!

I am having an apron giveaway. be sure to check it out.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

I like honey on toast or scones.

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterikkinlala

When my children get sick I give them a homemade cough syrup using honey and apple cider vinegar. We also use it in tea, oatmeal and on peanut butter sandwiches. Can you tell we are honey lovers??? LOL!!!! Thanks for the great giveaway :)

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenee Richardson

Besides using honey in my tea, I like to use honey on toast and other places where you might want a lighter alternative to maple syrup. Thanks!

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnthy

I have been recently trying to incorporate more honey into my diet...but I am still in the experiment stages!

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBritta

Mmmmmm.......looks so good! I love honey in all my baked goods and on peanut butter and honey sandwhiches.....I really need to get some raw honey though! :) -Ari

Ariana Anderson
The Frugally Rich Life
GF, dairy-free, sugar-free, red-meat free + more (PLUS frugal)
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June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAriana Anderson

I like stirring honey into plain home-made yogurt, and of course, I use it in all the usual places. Mmmm!

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNell

Hey Kim!
My favorite honey is raw, unpasteurized, creamed honey on crispy, toasted, buttered artisan bread. I make myself two slices, a beautiful pot of dragon pearl jasmine tea, and sit out on my porch and watch the sunset. Such a simple thing, but it makes me feel so happy to be alive. I also like a drop or two of honey on homemade parmesan crisps;) Sweet and salty and perfect!

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya Nosek

I love my honey! I eat it on almond butter and honey sandwiches, in baked goods, in my granola, I'll occasionally just eat it straight out of the jar!

June 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui
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