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Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. I adore the crispness in the air, the falling of the acorns, turning of the leaves, and the fact that everything is flavored with pumpkin. The place that I love visiting most during autumn is Marble Falls, a small town just thirty miles west of Austin in the Texas Hill Country.

Once the sultry heat subsides, the rolling landscape of green cedar becomes brown and the deer come out. Waking up early at my family’s country house just north of Marble Falls is the best. Looking out the windows to see if the deer are grazing is the first thing I do each morning. Watching them from the front or back porch with a cup of coffee is the wonderful start to my day. I’ve seen as many as fifteen of them casually enjoying breakfast, that is until a potential threat is spotted and they gracefully sprint over the barbed wire fence into the safety of the ranch bush.

Very close to the house is Sweet Berry Farm. In the spring and summers, the farm is bursting with strawberries. Folks from near and far come to pick their own right off the vine. But in the fall, the farm is overflowing with a vast variety of pumpkins and gourds. There’s a corn maze, hay rides, and other family-friendly activities.

Just this weekend on my way into town for coffee, I stopped at the farm before it was even open. The skies were grey and the earth was damp from night showers. I walked around the empty farm for about ten minutes and snapped these shots. Later that Saturday morning, the parking lot was filled with families out to pick their own pumpkins.

I quite liked having the place all to myself.

The post Fall in the Texas Hill Country appeared first on Leah Travels.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, [email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


4 dishes made with South Texas and Hill Country honey, from appetizer to dessert

This week we've incorporated Texas honey into three savory recipes and one dessert.

Honey-Mustard Glazed Carrots

Honey-Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Honey Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

When it comes to having a sticky and sweet secret weapon in the kitchen, it&rsquos hard to beat honey. But here&rsquos the thing: those bottles on the shelf at your grocery store aren&rsquot created equal.

Honey is a fickle agricultural product with a flavor that will be dramatically impacted by weather, geography and what nectar each hive of bees is feeding on. And that can change throughout the year.

&ldquoSome people get very used to clover honey. It&rsquos kind of a bland, simple, sweet honey,&rdquo said Texas Beekeepers Association board member Charlie Agar, who owns and operates Charlie Bee Co. in New Braunfels. &ldquoHill Country honey with mesquite and wildflower has a bite. It&rsquos not spicy, but it&rsquos not bland.&rdquo

Understanding those differences can have a big impact on the recipes coming out of your kitchen. The abundant clover honey &mdash this is the most common variety available &mdash has a fairly neutral flavor. It will add sweetness and a familiar aroma, but little of the intriguing and nuanced flavors of other types of honey available in Texas.

Texas isn&rsquot one of the nation&rsquos premier honey destinations. Our brutal summers mean that after spring, the amount of available nectar sources diminishes significantly, and most beekeepers resort to feeding their bees sugar water, which results in a poor-quality honey, Agar explained. And unlike large agricultural states like California, there are minimal opportunities for beekeepers here to lease out their hives to farms for pollination services. Those challenges mean fewer Texas beekeepers.

Most H-E-B grocery stores in the San Antonio area stock a fairly wide range of Texas honeys, but to find truly unique varieties, you'll have to go smaller. Most Hill County honey producers operate at the cottage industry level and sell their goods online and at area farmers markets. Try any of the following for a starting point.

CFC Holdings: Dripping Springs, 210-827-3373, [email protected]

Charlie Bee Co.: New Braunfels, 830-708-8797, charliebee.com

Fallen Oak Farms: Johnson City, 830-613-0742

TMT Ranch: Lockhart, 512-758-9338, 503-784-0997, rockymom[email protected]

For a larger list of where to find honey producers throughout Texas, visit the Texas Beekeepers Association's locator map at texasbeekeepers.org.

That&rsquos not to say Texas doesn&rsquot produce top-shelf honey. The nectar harvested here by bees in the spring produce our most prized varieties, fueled by native plants such as agarita, mesquite and a wide range of wildflowers in the Hill Country. South of San Antonio, bees will chase the blossoms of citrus trees, as well.

&ldquoFor Texas honey you have to think about the weather patterns we have. In February and March agarita kicks off the season. In spring the wildflowers and mesquite bloom,&rdquo Agar said. &ldquoMy product is a spring wildflower mix with mesquite and sunflowers.&rdquo

Fall brings a new and different flow of nectar. &ldquoSomething in the fall foliage makes it taste like molasses,&rdquo Agar said.

And there&rsquos little consistency from year to year. As weather patterns change, so does the flavor of honey. Agar typically harvests his honey in the summer and can rarely predict exactly what it will taste like.

&ldquoEvery year it&rsquos like Christmas on the honey harvest,&rdquo he said. &ldquoBeing a beekeeper is like being a farmer, mad scientist and inventor all in one. You re always trying to figure out the bees.&rdquo

Beyond its flavor, there are plenty of other reasons to incorporate honey into your cooking. Honey is rich in antioxidants that studies have found to lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels, and it&rsquos long been used as a cough suppressant. Honey even has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it an effective topical treatment for wounds including diabetic foot ulcers.

But one thing honey probably won&rsquot do &mdash despite popular wisdom to the contrary &mdash is help alleviate allergies. The Mayo Clinic says despite anecdotal evidence that the pollen in honey can help ward off the sniffles and stuffiness, those results have not been consistently demonstrated in clinical studies.


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