Yesterday was my big Honey Run up to Renninger’s in Mount Dora. I took my esteemed associate and colleague Jeannette through the long and, in this case, rainy trek to the flea market. My modus operandi was Henry Parker’s honey booth, where I bought huge mason jars of tupelo, orange blossom and, my favourite, saw palmetto honey, and a couple of smaller mason jars of the palmetto honey for friends. The honey is worth the drive–an average-sized mason jar full of orange blossom honey is only five bucks. When I gave my friend Kate the jar I bought for her later on yesterday, she commented, “It’s a lot bigger than I expected it to be.” The prices for tupelo honey is a little bit more expensive, with the massive-sized jar being $13 and change, but it’s yum. Per TupeloHoney.org:
Pure Tupelo honey is produced from the White Ogeechee Tupelo (nyssa ogeche), it ranges through the Ogeechee River, the Apalachicola, and the Chattahoochee River Basins of northwest Florida. These river valleys are the only place in the world where Tupelo Honey is produced commercially. Bee hives are placed along the river’s edge. The bees fan out through the surrounding Tupelo blossom rich swamps during April and May and return with nectar to produce their liquid treasure.
Pure Tupelo honey has a light amber golden color with a slight greenish cast. This honey is a choice table grade honey with a delicious flavor with a delicate distinctive taste. Honey produced from only the White Tupelo is the only honey that will not granulate. Due to it’s high laevulose (44.3%), low dextrose (29.98%) ratio (average), doctors have been able to recommend some diabetic patients to consume Tupelo Honey.
Interestingly, when I was trying to see if Henry Parker still has his website up (doesn’t look like it), I stumbled across another blog with someone commenting about their honey-buying trip yesterday, complete with a picture of Henry Parker. He’s the gentleman with the plaid coat and the white beard.
Renninger’s Flea Market was also a boon for Jeannette, who bought a used quilt for five dollars. It was a super score.
We continued our spending spree at a Goodwill in Fern Park, where I bought a pair of jeans that fit for $2.99. I’ve given up buying jeans at conventional retailers, as the price of jeans has gone up to levels that I’ve deemed obscene, and I seem to have good enough luck to find jeans at Goodwill anyway. I own two pairs of jeans that are both a little long on me, but I’d rather roll up the ends of my Goodwill jeans I spent less than five bucks apiece for than spend $30 or $40 on a single pair.
I need that money for food.