Vendor Spotlight: Top of the Mountain Honey Bee Farm
In 2005, we moved from the "city" (Clifton, NJ) to the "country" scenic Highland Lakes, NJ. Elevated 1,250 feet above sea level, Highland Lakes is the second highest point in New Jersey, hence our name "Top of the Mountain." Spring comes much later at this elevation. For example, perennials which bloom "down below" in late April-early May don't even begin to bloom until late May-early June. On the flip side, however, our gardens bloom all summer long. This, of course, provides an abundance of food for our bees.
We began beekeeping in 2010. What started as a hobby quickly became a passion. Our operation has expanded to include 400+ hives spread out across 5 counties. All our honey is sold "raw." In addition to our wildflower, buckwheat and locust honey, we've expanded our product line to include flavor-infused honey such as: blueberry; mixed berry; peach; cinnamon; lemon; orange; peppermint; raspberry; and spearmint, with new flavors always on the horizon. We also have a line of gourmet cooking honey with flavors such as garlic and hot pepper. We also carry our own line of lip balms, soap, and face masks.
In the spring and summer months, when we're not tending to our bees, we can be found at various local farmers' markets educating people on the benefits of local, raw honey and the importance of honey bees in the global food chain. We sell our honey through a variety of local venues such as farmer's markets, farm stands, and specialty shops. Our products can also be purchased from select retailers throughout the tri-state area.
The benefits of Raw Honey
DID YOU KNOW...that pure honey can be used to combat allergies? That it contains natural antibiotic/antibacterial properties and antioxidants. That, when used as a substitute for refined sugar, can help control weight? That it is a natural cough suppressant and soothe sore throat soother? It can also be used as a natural cure for diarrhea, upset stomach, and as a laxative. It can be used lieu of butter to help maintain healthy levels of cholesterol. Honey can also be used on the skin to "lock in moisture" and aid in new tissue growth.
Because of its natural bacteria-eating enzymes, honey also has an indefinite shelf-life and never needs refrigeration!
Discover Top of the Mountain Honey:
250 Libertyville Road
Wantage, NJ 07461