Just above the orchard, near the sundial, more than a million honeybees make their home. From the first blooms of late winter through the last buckwheat cover crop blossoms of summer, the bees are working. These pollinators are essential members of our farming team, helping to ensure bumper crops at Southall while producing gallons of award-winning honey in the process. We don’t harvest the honey until two seasons full of flavor profiles are captured, and we hope you’ll agree… it’s worth the wait.
In January 2018, Southall was recognized with the Good Food Award for Best Honey-Southeast, arguably the top honor in the country for craft producers and farmers. Beekeeper Jay Williams says the 2017 honey was exceptionally floral from a potent locust bloom that spring, coupled with a bit of leftover tulip poplar bloom that persisted thanks to perfect weather conditions in May. The 2019 harvest shows very similar characteristics. If you’re interested in a taste of that honey, we have some available in our Online Farm Stand.