Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is your name “Local Hive”?

We go by “Local Hive” because it highlights our main point of difference—we only bottle local, raw & unfiltered honey by working directly with more than 250 local beekeepers across the U.S. to produce 16 different local raw honey varietals.

Where is your honey from?

Our honey is sourced exclusively from United States beekeepers.

Where are you located?

We are located north of Denver in the city of Greeley, CO.

Can I buy Local Hive honey online?

You can purchase Local Hive Honey through Amazon or our Online Store.

Do you have a retail store?

Yes. Our products are available at our general store located at Local Hive Honey: 3331 W. 29th Street Greeley, CO 80631.

What if my local store doesn’t sell Local Hive honey?

We recommend asking for the Grocery Manager of the store and requesting that they carry it, or by going to our online store to purchase.

What’s the difference between the types of honey Local Hive makes?

The difference is the floral source in which the bees pollinate. The diverse flower nectars give each of our 16 honey varietals a unique flavor profile.

Where can I buy Local Hive?

Visit our “Find a Store” page to find your nearest retailer.

Where can I learn more about the health benefits of honey?

If you have questions around the benefits of raw & unfiltered honey, email honeydoctor@riceshoney.com, or visit our “Partners” page and watch the video under Honey, Healthy.

Are you actively contributing to bee protection and preservation?

Yes! In fact, Local Hive has teamed up with local non-profit Butterfly Pavilion to promote PACE (Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education), a global awareness and education initiative to restore ecosystems, strengthen populations and reintroduce pollinators into native habitats around the world. Local Hive Honey is on a mission to help promote pollination & sustainable bee farms across the country, and we donate a portion of the proceeds from every bottle of Local Hive to the PACE initiative. Learn more at Butterfly Pavilion’s website.

What if I have questions about bees or beekeeping?

Check out the Keeper’s Corner section on our “Partners” page. Mario Padilla, our Curatorial Entomologist and expert in all things “bees,” can answer any questions. For specific questions, email beekeeping@riceshoney.com.

I want to partner with Local Hive honey. Where do I start?

Email info@riceshoney.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

What pairs well with Local Hive honey?

Honey is a great substitution for sweeteners in coffee, tea, baking, smoothies, salad dressings and sauces—and that’s just the beginning! Try topping your biscuits, ice cream, or even pizza with Local Hive for a touch of sweetness that’s just right.

What’s the difference between filtered and unfiltered honey?

As defined by the USDA Standards for Grades of Extracted Honey, filtered honey has been filtered to the extent that all or most of the fine particles, pollen grains, air bubbles, or other materials normally found in suspension, have been removed. Strained (unfiltered) honey has been strained to the extent that most of the particles, including comb, propolis, or other defects normally found in honey have removed, however, grains of pollen, small air bubbles, and very fine particles would not be removed.

What factors influence the flavor of honey?

Honey flavors are influenced by the type of flowers from which bees gather nectar. Each geographical region produces its own distinct flavor.

What do I do if my honey has crystalized?

All honey will naturally crystallize, given enough time. To get rid of unwanted crystals, submerge the bottle in warm water until they return to liquid form.

What is the best way to store honey?

Always store honey at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

Why can’t I feed honey to babies under one year of age?

Babies under one year of age should not be given honey. Honey can, in extremely rare circumstances, contain a spore of a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. This can cause a rare form of food poisoning (botulism) in newborn babies.

Is your bottle BPA Free?

All of our products are packaged in safe, 100% BPA-free containers.


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