If you wanted one more reason to use True Source Honey, apparently this kind of stuff happens when you don't...
Sorry about all the Massachusetts facts, it’s just that we spent 4 years waiting to be able to distribute outside of Vermont, so we’re pretty stoked…
Last week we talked about how strenuously we research for our articles and why historical accuracy means so much to us.
If you haven’t read it, you should check out Vikings Weren’t Horny (and Why We Care), but the TL;DR is this: Honesty and accuracy matter, whether it’s a fact, a story, an ingredient, or a claim.
As we mentioned in the article, we try to buy local for many of our ingredients, but there are some things which we either can’t or - and this matters - choose not to get locally. There are many things that are so inefficient to grow or produce in our climate here in chilly Vermont that the ethical and practical choice is to source an item, ingredient, or product “from away,” as we’d say up here in New England
Up until now, we’ve sourced almost all of our honey from a single apiary outside Ottawa with some additional honey coming from another apiary about 200 miles away. Now in our fourth year, we’ve grown to an annual volume that’s making it difficult to coordinate and track all of the honey we use.
To date, guaranteeing honey provenance was extremely simple since the honey got on a truck at a farm and got off the same truck at the meadery. With tens of thousands of pounds of honey coming in, the equation has gotten a little more complicated.
The staff met and agreed that the best decision to make would be to move towards working exclusively with True Source Certified honey.
True Source Certified honey can often be a little more expensive than honey from blenders and apiaries who forego the certification, but knowing that our entire supply chain is being monitored to eliminate the risk of counterfeit honey means a lot to us, and - more importantly - means a lot to our customers.
If you want to learn the details about the monitoring process and the history of counterfeit honey, True Source has a very accessible website which gives an incredible overview. You should check it out here.
We’ve already switched a few of our products, and the reviews from our customers have been excellent.
So, effective immediately, we are proud to announce that all of our meads are being made with 100% True Source Certified honey!
Swing by for a pint and toast to the wonders of antiquity and again to the wonders of modern agriculture!
There's an oft repeated myth that honey is the only food which lasts forever. After this proclamation, some genius almost always feels morally obligated to make a "Twinkies" joke.
But is the myth true? Is honey really the only food which lasts forever?
This is actually two questions in one:
1) Does honey stay edible forever?
2) Are there other foods which stay edible forever?
The answer to the first question seems to be an unequivocal "yes." Thanks to a combination of hygroscopy, pH, and naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide, honey really never spoils.
As for the second question, it depends a little more on how you define "food" and "edible." A pile of salt never spoils, but it does not, in-and-of-itself, constitute food. Dry rice and beans will also keep for centuries, but they require substantial preparation to make them edible again.
What's more, honey is both eternal and edible with very little human preparation involved. Basically, the recipe could read: "Extract honey and put it in a jar."
With just a little more effort, there are a small handful of other substances which could plausibly hold the title of immortal food, molasses being one.
But why quibble? Honey is amazing and you can learn so much more about the magic of its eternal existence at Smithsonian.com; they have an excellent summary of what makes honey immortal.
 "Thank you, Dan, for really moving the ball down the court on this conversation..."
 At least for relatively small values of "forever."
 Despite Ricky's claims.
Groennfell Meadery is Vermont’s premier craft meadery. Inspired by Old Norse legends, brewed with extraordinary ingredients, Groennfell’s meads are unlike anything you’ve had before. Crisp, clean, and astoundingly drinkable, the only way to explain any one of Groennfell’s meads is to try one yourself.