Wednesday, February 8, 2012
All along the “Lost Coast” there are signs for Tupelo Honey. Signs point us down sandy driveways, “Third house on the left”. Displays in gift shops have pretty bottles (some going to sugar, which real Tupelo should not ). Roadside stands still advertising fresh produce which won’t arrive for a few months have Honey for sale. We were looking for the real thing and we think we found it.
Matt Owen is the youngest of a family which has been making and selling "the Cadillac of honey" for two generations and selling it at the same Newport Florida crossroads stand for twenty years. We had to stop.
More on honey and the Owens family CLICK HERE
“Tupelo Honey is produced from the Tupelo Gum tree which grows profusely along the Chipola and Apalachicola rivers in Northwest Florida. Here in the river swamps, this honey is produced in a unique fashion. Bees are placed on elevated platforms along the river’s edge, and they fan out through the surrounding Tupelo-blossom-laden swamps during April and May and return with their precious treasure. This river valley is the only place in the world where Tupelo Honey is produced commercially”
Hmmmm. Biscuits tomorrow!