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.
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
- Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you like to use honey in your kitchen.
- Tweet this giveaway and link back to this post, and leave a comment telling me that you did.
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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.
Contest closes Wednesday, June 9 at 9 pm CST, and winner will be announced Thursday, June 10.
Good luck, my little honey bees!