Wildflower Honey is gathered by the bees from late April until early June and harvested by us in June. Our Wildflower honey is the result of the profusion of hundreds of plants and flowers blooming in early spring. It is light and sweet to very sweet in taste with complex aromas. Excellent for folks who spend time here in the mountains and need allergy relief while enjoying all the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each of our apiaries produce a slightly different favor, so there is plenty of choices to tempt your palate.
Sourwood Honey is gathered from late June through mid-July and harvested in August. Sourwood Honey is truly special and can only be found in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It tends to be slightly lighter in color and more full-bodied in taste with a hint of spiciness. Color and flavor can be influenced by the limited number of other blooming plants during that period.
Just like fine wine all natural honey tastes different apiary to apiary and year to year.
Turning Creek Honey wins multiple prizes in 2015 and 2017 Welsh Honey Shows.
Turning Creek Artisans won Best in Show -- the Grand Prize-- for its 12 Spies Sourwood Honey at the Mountain Beekeeper’s Association’s 2015 Welsh Honey show on September 1st. .Turning Creek’s 12 Spies and Mountain Sourwood Honeys also took First and Third places respectively, and Mountain Wildflower Honey received First place award. Our Wild Flower Honey took Best in Show prize at the 2017 Honey contest.
Nestled on the banks of Timpson Creek, along 76 West, is the home of Turning Creek Artisans (TCA) with its main apiary and honey house. Beekeepers Bob and Jan Grant operate four additional apiaries located in Rabun County. At this time, TCA is the only locally Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) honey producer in Rabun County. This means the honey is:
- All natural, using only CNG approved soft natural chemicals in our hives,
- Bob does not feed his bees near or during the flow as it can alter the quality of the honey,
- After harvesting the honey is single filtered into stainless steel tanks to leave as much pollen as possible in the honey,
- No pumps are used which can bruise the honey,
- No heat is used in the process which preserves all the goodness the bees have added, Integrated pest management is practiced to keep the bees healthy and the hives pest-free.
- No high fructose corn syrup is ever used for feeding which can impact the quality of the honey, and
- Turning Creek honey is bottled by apiary location to ensure the truest, strongest, and most unique favors unlike many commercial honeys which are blended.
This means you get the honey the way Nature intended – pure, natural and unique
Bob is a certified beekeeper, published writer, and a member of the Georgia and Mountain Beekeepers Associations. Come see us at Simply Homegrown: A Farmers' Market on Saturday at our new location at the Covered Bridge Shopping Plaza