Greenmarket Grub

A review and a question.

I’ve never really liked honey.

I’ve always felt it was okay for certain situations — in tea when you’re sick, mostly. So, when I ran out recently, I wasn’t in any great rush to buy more, seeing as I’m not due to get a cold for another couple months at least.

Still, when I saw honey at my neighborhood Greenmarket, I figured, oh, what the hell; it’s only $2.50, and bought this:

local honey

In short, I love it. I don’t know what it is — maybe because it’s buckwheat instead of clover honey? — but the taste is different enough that I’m eating it on whatever I can think of.

Also, I love that it’s packed by Paul and Barb.

packed by Paul & Barb

Good ol’ Paul and Barb, with their bees, just hanging out, putting honey into jars.


Now the question part: I need a better way of dispensing this honey. I like these bottom dispensing ones, but the Amazon reviews for it are less than stellar. I admit I am intrigued by this bee-shaped one, although it looks like it would make a tremendous mess.



  • tut-tut

    I had that bottom dispensing one; I ended up sending it back to King Arthur Flour (whose customer service person seemed quite pertubed at me for complaining) because it was a piece of crap that leaked all over the place.

  • Terry B

    Kristen—I really need to not try this honey. Like you, I’ve never liked the stuff, and I hate having cherished, long-held notions destroyed. What would be next, me liking beets?

  • rachel

    I never liked honey until I bought some mango honey at the festival. It is so good! It is amazing how much of a difference the source makes.

    And I love that bee dispenser!

  • coffeetwit

    I bought the bee shaped honey dispenser two years ago. However, I was told it was a fancy schmancy salt dispenser and I was waiting to shell out some cash for fancy French salt.
    The only thing I can tell you about the dispenser is that the metal has tarnished quite a bit and there is enough space between the wings and body for bugs to visit.

    (Am I making sense these days??)

  • kim

    i have one of the bottom-dispensing ones and it’s no good for me. i think that it may work ok with super processed filtered commercial honey, but the really good stuff just clouds up in there and won’t come out.

  • Kristen

    Maybe I’ll just buy a syrup dispenser, the kind you see maple syrup in at a diner.

    Also, I dunno, Terry — those honey dippers look like they would make a hell of sticky mess.

  • crystal

    I had one of those honey dippers as a kid. They work really well. Not great with the commercial stuff but the local stuff works really well with it. And if a 5 year old can use it with out to big a mess…