For anyone looking to buy local honey from local (Whitstable, Faversham, Herne Bay, Canterbury and most points in between) beekeepers, the contacts below should be able to supply you. Please note that local beekeepers, even in a good year as last year was, will not have enormous year-round supplies as they have only the annual surplus from their own hives to offer rather than the additional bought-in honey from outside the UK that supermarkets and larger retail outlets stock.
The types of honey (runny, set, creamed) available and each beekeeper’s prices can be obtained from the individual contacts below.
Local honey for sale:
Honey from the Whitstable & Herne Bay branch’s own apiary can be obtained from the Whitstable Improvement Trust’s shop in Harbour Street, Whitstable, tel: 01227 770060.
Please note that at this time of year local honey is likely to be in very short supply as it is far too early to harvest any at the moment and last year’s crop will be almost all sold. Anyone wanting local honey can try the individual beekeepers listed below but contacting the WIT shop (above) is likely to be more productive. The Spring crop of honey is likely to be late, too, due to the very cold weather in late February and March this year.
Amanda Lee-Riley, Whitepost Honey, in Whitstable, with bees foraging from Tankerton and from the University of Kent campus. amanda.leeriley [at] gmail [.] com
Roger Jackson, with bees foraging from Herne Bay and from Sittingbourne, on 01227 742206 or jackson.quinnary [at] btinternet [.] com
Dale Starkey, with bees in the Greenhill area of Herne Bay, on 01227366685 or 07740721278, or email orders4home [at] gmail [.] com
Julie Coleman, with bees foraging from the Denstroude area, contact at a) above, or the honey can be bought from Dunkirk Farm Shop.
Tilly Bayes, no spare honey currently but beeswax candles are available. Contact on 07462556479, or bleanbees [at] gmail [.] com
h) Emily & Sam, with bees foraging at Dunkirk. Email sam [at] podiumconsulting [.] net