So, where does one get this raw gold? At your local farmer's market, of course. Make sure you ask the tough questions, because even there you may find a dud.
Here in New York, we are lucky to have a fantastic beekeeper. Andrew, of Silvermine Apiary (better known as Andrew's Taste-Bud Bursting Local Honey), comes from a long line of beekeepers. One night, over a bottle of Spanish wine, Andrew told me all about his honey. He understands honey, and he bottles it in the same pristine state in which the bees created it. Look for him at the market along with a wealth of information, you may get a dose of his mischievous sense of humor. In his spare time, Andrew teaches literature at a Connecticut college and travels the world for his non-profit organization, Bees Without Borders.
Andrew's Taste-Bud Bursting Local Honey is at Union Square on Wednesdays; on Sundays, they are at the Grand Street and Tompkins Greenmarkets. Truly, I think Andrew is the go-to guy for honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis. In fact, his is the only honey we use at home.