"Eating Local Raw Honey..." by Jeannie Ross, Ross Berry Farm and Apiary

Visit with Jeannie on Saturday at the market.  She will have lots of honey, hand-milled goat milk and honey soaps, beeswax candles and chamomile tea.  

Eating local raw honey is a good remedy that helps with allergies.  Raw honey means that the honey is just as it comes from the bee hive – not pasteurized or micro-filtered – just strained through a honey sieve to remove any beeswax or bee parts.  It has all the pollens, enzymes and other nutrients that are good for you.  Plus honey is a natural sugar since it is made from the nectar of flowers which your body can process better than granulated sugar.  Local honey does not have to be from bee hives close to where you live.  Local just means that it is made from the flowers of trees and plants that are the same varieties of trees and plants that grow in the area where you live.  Throughout the metro Atlanta area we all basically live at the same elevation from Pickens County to the north, south to Macon, east to Athens and west all the way into Alabama.  The best type of honey to eat for allergies is local Wildflower honey.  It is called Wildflower honey because it comes from all the flowers that bloom from May through June or July and those are the pollens that most of us are allergic to in the spring.

If you have spring allergies you should start eating local raw honey sometime in January.  You should eat a teaspoon to a tablespoon each day and do not immerse the honey in a hot liquid.  You can put your honey on a biscuit, toast, waffle or even in cold cereal.  Remember heating is the same as pasteurizing.  Slowly your body will build antibodies because you will be eating small amounts of the same pollens that you are allergic to.

Honey also has natural antibiotics in it.  Ancient Greek and Roman soldiers carried honey in their packs not for eating but to put on wounds.  Today honey from certain flowers is used to treat burn patients – not only is honey a germ free environment, it keeps the wound moist and has the natural antibiotics to promote healing.

All honey will crystallize at some point in time with the exception of Sourwood, Tupelo and Sage.  To prevent crystallization you should keep your jar of honey in a warm cabinet such as over the stove or refrigerator if you don’t eat it very often.  Should it crystallize you can re-liquify it by heating a pot of water on the stove to a simmer, remove the pot from the heat and sit your jar of honey in the water.  You may have to repeat this several times shaking the honey after each time to get the sugar crystals to melt.

Jan. 13 Vendor Presentation Descriptions

We have amazing things planned for this day that you won't want to miss!

  • Tiffiani James of Divine Inspirations will be sharing about natural skin care and how it all fits into a healthy life style! Check out //www.facebook.com/bedivinelyinspired/ for more information. 

  • Jana Rife of Hanalei Bath will speak about natural methods for relieving stress and anxiety to help you have your best year yet! Check out www.facebook.com/hanaleisupyoga/ for more information. 

  • Buckeye Creek Farm's own LIz Porter will talk about getting ready for a productive planting season, which will include: soil testing, seed selection, and happy indoor seedlings. 



A delicious recipe for Rosemary Cornmeal Cookies from Cindi Nesler!

To those who expressed interest in the cookie recipe. Enjoy!

Rosemary Cornmeal Cookies 

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

1 cup Buckeye Creek Farm cornmeal

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon coarse salt

2 sticks ( 8 tablespoons) organic unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 ¼ organic cane sugar

1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest

2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

2 large cage free eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Put sugar and orange zest in the bowl of an electric mixer and gently rub together with your fingers. Mixture will become sandy and fragrant. Add butter , and with the electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Mix in rosemary, vanilla extract, and eggs, one at a time making sure to fully incorporate all ingredients. With mixer on low speed add the dry ingredients until just combined. On a parchment lined baking tray, drop rounded tablespoons of dough making sure to leave a spacing of 2 inches. Bake 8-9 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. Let cool and serve immediately or store in an airtight container for 3-4 days

These cookies are both sweet and savory with just the right amount of contrast from the crunchy cornmeal inside.

Holiday Market open house

We are looking forward to visitors on Saturday!  The weather looks good, sunshine and 60 degrees.

Our vendors are Grimm Family Farm with pasture raised lamb, Rockin S Farms with yellow corn grits, cornmeal,  pepper jellies and breakfast jams, pecans, custom gift baskets.  Good Shepherd Herbal goat milk soaps, balms and teas.  Ross Berry Farm and Apiary with fresh local honey, soaps and candles. Caly Road Creamery fresh and aged cow and goat milk cheeses.  

Merrilily Gardens jams jellies and condiments. Divine Inspirations hand crafted biological skin care products. Georgia Mountain Apples, fried pies and cider.  

We will have food and drinks on hand, and will be grinding our corn a few times during the day with the big mill.  Come see us!






Fun yard art by Casey Norris of Ladyslipper Nursery

Milling corn for grits


In spite of the rain we will still be in the kitchen and greenhouse with plenty of handcrafted goods, foods, fresh apples and more.  We will grind grits too, though maybe not a lot of them!



Update...its too wet to grind corn. So we will reschedule for next Saturday in hopes of better weather. If you need grits today call or message me at 678 491 5843. I will try to get some to you.