Summer is officially here. One of my favorite things to look for in summer months is gold. Now, I’m not talking about panning for nuggets in mountain streams. I’m talking about liquid gold, that is, honey. Deliciously sweet, the Smoky Mountain region offers an assortment of honey varieties from clover, to sourwood, to poplar. The flowers have been blooming through the spring and the bees have been busy. Easier to find than gold nuggets, look for local markets and roadside stands for a pint or two for your pantry. . . .and maybe one as a gift.
Balltown Bee Farm is located in Bryson City bordering the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. They specialize in raw honey and practice chemical free bee keeping. Their honey, along with lots of fresh fruits, veggies, and mushrooms can be found at the Swain County Farmer’s Market. Every Friday through October from 9am – 1pm behind the new Swain County Heritage Museum.