Honey is produced by bees to be used as food.  They store the honey in a wax comb that they make and once sealed in the wax the honey will last for a very long time.  The bees produce honey by collecting nectar, a sugar rich substance, made by plants and mixing it with an enzyme they produce.  This breaks the complex sugars in the nectar down into simpler sugars such a glucose and fructose.  The water content is then reduced to prevent mould and fermentation occurring.  Some beekeepers leave the honey in the hives so the bees have a source of food during the winter months.  Other beekeepers harvest the honey, but in order to make sure their colonies survive the winter they feed their bees using a sugary solution that the bees can use as if it were their own honey.  If you would like to obtain some locally produced honey you can contact us and we will try our best to put you in contact with a local beekeeper who has honey available.