Honoring the Honey Bees
September just so happens to be national honey month, and we're celebrating at the Pacific Beach Tuesday Farmers' Market. Given the fact that the average American consumes around 1.5 pounds of honey every year, it's time to give those hard working honey bees some well deserved praise. Honey goes well with just about anything - and the farmers' market is just the place to stock up on delicious, local varieties from Mikolich Honey and Produce Stand farm, as well as all the goodies you can imagine to pair with it.
Using Kawano Farms' big, bold eggplants, try drizzling eggplant fritters with an orange blossom honey for a new and interesting appetizer. Or if you're looking for something more sweet and creamy, mix a few tablespoons of lavender honey with the creamy goat chevre from Nicolau Farms and use it as a dip with fresh Gala apples from Smit Orchards or pair it with freshly baked cinammon bread from Belen Bakery.
If you’re stocked up on fruit, dairy products, and meat that might rapidly go bad in a power outage (funny, didn't that just happen?) use honey as a natural, quick acting food preservative. The high concentration of glucose in honey forces the water out of any yeast or bacteria cells that could otherwise contaminate food. Take those too-ripe-to-eat peaches and plums from Lone Oak Ranch and make your own fruit compote to remind you of summer’s sweetness all year round. Mix your leftover goat cheeses or soft goudas with a tablespoon of honey from Mikolich to prolong it for a few extra days. Cure any uncooked pieces of meat from Son Rise Ranch in honey to protect it from developing bacteria.
However you use it, be sure to sport your local honey tee- shirt from Locally Grown Clothing and spread the word of the incredible magic of honey.