Santa Barbara Bee Company


There is absolutely nothing better than good local honey.  Our honey producing hives are located in one of our Goleta and Santa Barbara apiaries and we never add anything into the hives that is not part of the natural system of the bees.  Which means we do not, never will, and absolutely do not believe in adding any pesticides into our hives as a way to manage pests.  It just isn’t part of our natural beekeeping system.

Our honey is raw, unfiltered, and delicious.  We sale honey in 1/2 pint, pint, and quart sized jars and our honey is also never around for long.  Please call or email if you would like to try some of our local Goleta & Santa Barbara Honey.

Why Local?

Besides the obvious benefits of buying local, supporting those in your community, and knowing where your food has originated-- there are also many other benefits of pure local honey. Check out this article by (the Lance Armstrong Foundation) for other benefits of natural, pure honey...

Benefits of Local Honey

It is also important to realize as a consumer much of the honey you can find in superstores may not be as pure as you hoped.  Read this article by Food Safety News for more info...

Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey

Why Does Honey Crystallize?

Do not be alarmed if stored honey becomes cloudy. This is called crystallization. It is not harmful nor is it any indication of deterioration. In fact, honey has an indefinite shelf-life thanks to its high concentration of sugar. Raw honey with high pollen content will crystallize even faster, and cold temperatures also cause crystals. Crystallized honey is one of the many forms intentionally produced for purchase by many beekeepers.

If your honey crystallizes, you can easily re-liquify it by gently heating the jar in a pan of hot water, stirring while heating. The important thing is that you do not want to heat the honey over 100F if you want the benefits of honey to remain.   After 120F you’ve got nice yummy honey, but the pollen, propolis, enzymes, and antioxidants have been rendered useless.  Some folks say this happens at 104F.  So, stay safe and don’t go over 100F.

Why Does Honey Vary in Flavor & Color?

There are as many flavors of honey as there are flowers, since the flavor of the honey is directly influenced by the type of nectar gathered by the bees from various floral sources. Flavors can range from mild to aromatic, spicy, fragrant or medicinal and are often combined to create gourmet flavors for the discriminating palate.

Color is usually an indication of flavor concentration. Colors can range from near-white through yellow, yellow-green, gold, amber, dark brown or red to even nearly black. Usually a lighter color will indicate a milder flavor, while darker honey is customarily more robust and contains more minerals. Texture can also vary from thin to heavy.





Good Local Honey


Santa Barbara Bee Company - - Bee Hive Forage Zones

Among beekeepers it is commonly understood that bees will forage out up to 2 miles in any direction from their hives.  Our hives have been strategically placed to cover most of the greater Goleta and Santa Barbara areas.  Our honey is truly local!

Our next harvest will be the 2017 Spring Wildflower HoneyPlease email to be placed on our priority email list to receive updates on availability. Put “Honey List” in the subject line to be added.