Monday, October 5, 2015

An Italian Dinner with Honey - Thurs., Nov. 5, 2015

Minnesota Honey Company is teaming up with Sue Doeden, food writer, beekeeper and author of Homemade with Honey, for a very special Italian dinner and conversation about cooking with honey. Selected recipes from her cookbook will be featured in the menu, and Sue will be there to answer questions and sign books. Doeden's cookbook and Minnesota Honey Company honeys will be for sale that evening. The event will be held at Michelangelo’s Masterpizzas, near the retail store.

Register early; seating is very limited! Books can also be pre-ordered. Go to:

We hope to see you there!

What do you do with 300 pounds of honey?!

If you’re the Minnesota Honey Company, you thank your loyal customers by giving it away. Seven months ago, the retail store kicked off its Honey Lovers Club punch card program, and as of the end of September, over 300 pounds of honey have been given to members. There are no plans to change this popular program. Stop in today to start a punch card or add to your existing card.

Here’s how the punch card program works: For every $5 spent on honey, club members receive a punch. With 10 punches, members earn a pound of Meadow Wildflower honey. New members receive one free punch, and all members are invited to keep their card on file here in the store. Now, how sweet is that?!

Our Second Anniversary!
Minnesota Honey Company opened its doors on October 30, 2013, and as a new business, it was a time of great excitement and risk. Two years later, YOU, our valued customers, have rewarded us with business, words of encouragement and referrals. We couldn’t be more grateful. As we move into our third holiday season, we extend a hearty THANK YOU!! and invite you to visit again soon.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Peruvian Skirt Steak with Roasted Potatoes, Peppers and Onions

Adapted from the "Homemade with Honey" cookbook by Sue Doeden
Authored by Diane Fluin for Minnesota Honey Company

1½ to 2 pounds skirt steak (or flank steak)

1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
9 cloves garlic, smashed 
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar 
2 tablespoons MN Honey Company Meadow Wildflower honey
1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
1 teaspoon sweet paprika 
1 large (gallon) resealable plastic bag

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 
½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped 
¼ cup white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar 
2 tablespoons minced garlic 
1 teaspoon dried oregano 
1 teaspoon MN Honey Company Meadow Wildflower honey 
¼ teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Vegetables 
12 ounces fingerling potatoes (or other waxy potatoes, like Yukon Gold)
2 large red onions
1 green bell pepper 
1 yellow bell pepper 
1 red bell pepper 
1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Marinate the steak

Place all marinade ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until garlic, parsley and jalapeno are finely minced and the marinade is mixed well.

Use skirt steak (top) or flank steak (bottom) for this dish. Pound to uniform thickness and cut into smaller pieces, if desired, to make them easier to fit in the gallon-sized plastic bag.

Place steak in bag, pour in the marinade and seal. Squeeze bag to thoroughly coat all sides of the steak and keep refrigerated for 6 to 12 hours.

Prepare the dressing

Place all the ingredients in a tightly lidded jar and shake well. Keep refrigerated until ready to use; shake well just before serving.

Roast the vegetables

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse potatoes and slice lengthwise into ¼-inch wedges. Toss lightly with olive oil.

Cut peppers into large pieces and remove seeds and membranes; lightly brush both sides with olive oil. Slice the onion into 1-inch pieces and toss lightly with olive oil.

Spread potatoes in a single layer onto a foil-lined baking pan. Place peppers skin-side down in the same baking pan with the potatoes. Bake 15 minutes, then place the onions in a single layer on the same baking pan. Bake another 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned and peppers are softened (about 30 minutes total).

After cooking, slice the peppers into ¼-inch wide pieces and arrange all vegetables on one half of a serving platter. Cover with foil to keep warm.

Grill the steak

Preheat grill to about 400 degrees F. Remove the steak from the marinade, scraping off as much marinade as possible. Season both sides with kosher salt and pepper.

Place onto hot grill and cook to desired doneness (about 3 minutes per side for medium rare). Remove steak, cover with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

While the steak rests, take the dressing out of the refrigerator to allow it to come to room temperature. Transfer to a serving bowl, if desired, to pass at the table.

Slice the steak across the grain and arrange on the platter with the potatoes, onions and peppers. Allow guests to serve themselves by passing platter and the dressing at the table.

Got leftovers? Try one these tasty alternatives:

In a tortilla

Dice the steak and vegetables into small cubes and heat in a pan with leftover dressing over medium heat.

Keep stirring and tossing, and when thoroughly reheated, use as a filling for tortillas.

On a salad

Reheat steak and vegetables and serve over salad greens (romaine, butter lettuce) topped with dressing.

Monday, September 7, 2015

About a beekeeper that kept more than bees!

The vintage ceramics in our upcoming Showcase event were previously owned by an avid MN beekeeper, Ron Griffith, who managed about 500 colonies on five different farms south of Red Wing. His family business of nearly 30 years extracted honey out of a round barn (now bed and breakfast).  In addition to honey- and bee-themed ceramics, he amassed a beautiful collection of deviled egg plates! These pieces are looking for new, loving homes.

Start your holiday shopping early - celebrate the bees and give a gift that tells a story! Join us for the October 3 & 4, 2015 Vintage Ceramics Showcase. You’ll have a chance to read the full story about Ron’s life.

Event Invitation
Vintage Ceramics Showcase & Sale
When: Saturday, Oct 3 (11 am - 6 pm) & Sunday, Oct 4 (12 - 5 pm)
Over 200 honey- and bee-themed vintage ceramics and deviled egg plates will be featured in the store.

Event Drawing - register early! Stop in the store anytime between now and October 4th, and register to win one of two great prizes (see pictures)! One entry per person in either the adult or children’s category. No purchase is necessary, and you need not be present to win. Drawing will be held at the Showcase event on Sun. afternoon, Oct. 4 at 4 pm.

Adult category prize: matched-set honey pot & deviled egg plate
Children’s category prize: ceramic bee coin bank


On the heels of National Honey Bee Day in August, September continues the focus on honey bees and what they bring to our lives - delicious and healthful honey! And, if it weren’t for the beekeepers, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy all the sweet treats that bees manufacture...naturally!

Honey is harvested throughout the growing season here in Minnesota, and because it doesn’t spoil, we here at the Minnesota Honey Company can keep a variety of honeys on our shelves all year round. At the heart of our mission, we’re making sure you have access to raw, local honey long after the growing season ends.

Taste Notes
We know that taste is important to you, and different flavors can occur from season to season.

As flowering areas mature and the composition of flowers change over time, honey flavor variations occur naturally. That’s what keeps honey so interesting. Honey samples are always available in our retail store so you can determine what fits your palate, recipe or use.

Beekeepers selectively decide what types of honey they want to collect. Accordingly, they set their bee boxes and extraction schedules. For example, because clover flowers early in the spring (before other bee-favorite flowers bloom), beekeepers will extract clover honey early in the summer. On the other hand, later summer harvests might reap honey made from diverse floral sources - a wildflower variety.

In certain situations, bee boxes might be positioned in an area where one single flower source is available. Orange blossom honey is one interesting example. We have Minnesota bees that snowbird to Florida because their beekeeper is contracted by an orange grove for pollination services. The bees collect the nectar, and we get to enjoy this unique honey back here in Minnesota AND, at the same time, support a Minnesota small business.

Honey for All Reasons
Whether you use honey in the kitchen for eating and cooking, keep it in the medicine cabinet for natural health remedies, or give it as ‘sweet’ gifts to friends and loved ones, keep Minnesota Honey Company in mind as your go-to source for local honey. We have a variety of honeys to offer all year round and are here to serve you!

Monday, August 24, 2015

6 ways to use honey to pamper your skin

Most people look at raw honey and think “healthy sweetener,” but you might be surprised to learn that the ingredients found in raw honey have tons of skin benefits too! That’s why you'll find honey in many skin-care products made today. (Our retail store has samples of some excellent hive-based skin and hair care products.)

Made by the alchemy of bees collecting nectar, pollen, and resins from plants, honey helps moisturize skin and fight aging and bacteria. It’s also loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and healing compounds.

Try the following honey facial tips for your very own at-home spa treatment. Your skin will thank you for the extra moisture and improved appearance!

1. Moisturizing Mask
Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air and retains it in the layers of the skin where it’s needed most for penetrating, long-lasting hydration.
Try it: Spread one teaspoon raw honey on clean, dry skin, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

2. Pore Cleanser
The enzymes in raw honey clarify skin and keep pores clear and clean. Plus, the antibacterial properties of honey and jojoba or coconut oil are also good for preventing bacterial buildup that can lead to skin imbalances and breakouts.
Try it: Stir together one tablespoon raw honey and two tablespoons jojoba oil or coconut oil until the mixture is a spreadable consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin. Massage gently in a circular motion, avoiding your eye area. Rinse with tepid water.

3. Gentle Exfoliator
Honey is loaded with antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients that nourish, cleanse, and hydrate skin. Baking soda, meanwhile, is a gentle, natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells, allowing new cells to emerge for a radiant complexion.
Try it: Mix two tablespoons honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Splash your skin with water, then gently rub the concoction on your face or body in a circular motion. Rinse well.

4. Scar Fader
Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearances of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration. The hydrating properties of honey and coconut oil or olive oil will also help revive skin cells, while regular, gentle massaging will increase circulation to aid skin recovery and cell turnover.
Try it: Mix one teaspoon raw honey with one teaspoon coconut oil or olive oil. Apply to the affected area, and massage with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion for one to two minutes. Place a hot washcloth over your skin, and let sit until cool. Repeat daily.

5. Sunburn Treatment
Honey restores hydration to the deepest layers of sun-exposed skin—and both honey and aloe vera contain powerful anti-inflammatories to calm burned skin and aid recovery.
Try it: Mix one part raw honey with two parts pure aloe vera gel. Apply to sunburned skin.

6. Acne Treatment
Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties that can thwart the bacteria that often leads to breakouts. Its anti-inflammatory properties will calm redness and irritation.
Try it: Apply a dab of raw honey to affected areas, and sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Buzz - August 2015

NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY is August...what?!
15th! No, the 22nd….it’s both! Believe it or not, two different days were chosen for this year’s National Honey Bee Day (NHBD)….ask us why. The theme is ‘Ban Ignorance - Not Honey Bees.’

We love everything bees and honey here at the Minnesota Honey Company, so EVERY DAY is honey bee day - we’re now open 7 days a week (Mon - Sat 11-6 and Sun 12-5).

New this month:
  • Beehive Botanicals - a regional company for over 40 years, they make excellent skin and hair care products using the products of the beehive - honey, propolis, pollen, royal jelly and beeswax. Ask for a sample at the front counter.
  • Plantain Salve - the perfect & natural solution to the itch of insect bites & stings. New from Welcome Harvest, the maker of Helan (natural first aid remedy).
  • Double Punch Card Days - August 15th & 22nd. For every $5 spent on honey, you normally earn one punch. Make that two on NHBD!
  • Bee Spinners - a new shipment is in; pick one up today! Add a little whimsy to your yard and show your support of the honey bees.

Start your holiday shopping now. These charming pieces were previously owned by an avid MN beekeeper. They’re beautiful, gifty and waiting for new, loving homes.

Polymer Clay Bees Pic.jpg

AUGUST WORKSHOP IS ABOUT BEES - Friday, August 14, 10-11 am
Only one summer class left for grade schoolers; sign up now. Local school teacher Debi Mattson and store co-owner Deb George will co-lead. Learn more at or pick up a store flyer for more info.

  • Friday, Aug. 14, 10-11 AM Polymer Clay Bees


One free punch gets you started. Earn punches with every $5 you spend on honey. Accumulate 10 punches, & you’ll receive one FREE pound of Meadow Wildflower Honey. The best part is...we’ll keep your card on file for you!!