Honey Gardens is a premier distributor of raw honey throughout the United States. Unlike its commercial cousins, raw honey usually contains flecks of pollen, propolis and beeswax and often begins to crystallize shortly after harvesting. Our raw honey is not heated or filtered and may crystallize over time depending on the amount of fructose to glucose it may contain and based on the types of flower nectars the bees gather (there is less crystallization in tree honey). It contains all the healthful minerals, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids and oligosaccharides found in unadulterated honey (fresh from the hive).
Over the past few years, Honey Gardens has added additional varietal raw honeys to its original New England raw honeys. The collection now includes certified organic honey from Canadian wildflowers; Northern White raw honey which is harvested from the ice-cold northern climate of Canada (creating a creamy white honey with sweet, delicate floral tones); raw Tupelo honey (a deep golden liquid honey from Tupelo trees native to only a tiny section of Southern Georgia and Northern Florida); raw honeys harvested from the tiny white blossoms of blueberry and cranberry bushes in Michigan; and blackberry honey from the bramble blossoms growing in the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to high quality and healthful honey, Honey Gardens is also known for one of its most popular products, Honey Elderberry Syrup, which started as a way to support beehives. Bees need flowering plants to make honey and Honey Gardens repopulated the countryside near the hives with organically grown elderberry plants.
In addition to raw honey, the Honey Gardens brand offers other products that harness the power of the hive. Honey Gardens’ Honey Wild Cherry Bark Syrup is a popular remedy for respiratory ailments. The apitherapy propolis spray can help soothe a throat or can be used externally for cuts, abrasions or insect bites. The propolis salve may help soothe tissues, act as a resinous protective layer for the skin, to help moisturize dry skin and can be used as a lip balm. Honey Gardens products are true to what Hippocrates, the doctor of medicine, said: “Your food shall be your medicine and your medicine shall be your food.”
To Todd Hardie, raw honey is the bee’s knees and it’s been that way for almost 50 years. Hardie’s devotion to beekeeping started in 1965 when, along with his brother Tom, he started tending his first hive on his parent’s Vermont farm. In 1978, he started Honey Gardens, Inc. Originally, Hardie filled his small pickup truck with raw honey products and delivered them to customers in Vermont and Massachusetts, but as demand for raw honey grew, he expanded to states all over New England and eventually, throughout the United States.
Honey Gardens was among the first companies to introduce raw honey to consumers. Containing more than 75 different compounds, including an exceptionally high enzyme content, raw honey is not only delicious but it is also packed with beneficial nutrients. Raw honey has been used traditionally to soothe seasonal respiratory conditions and it was used in folk medicine for allergy symptoms and to strengthen the immune system. Externally (during World War II), raw honey was applied to the skin to as a salve on wounds and burns.
Nutraceutical acquired Honey Gardens in 2010 because it recognized quality in its products. It continues the Honey Gardens tradition by adding the very best of other raw varietal honeys from around the U.S. to the original raw honeys from Vermont.