To Market Pantry: Oh, Honey!
BY KATY KELLEHER / PHOTOS BY MICHAEL PIAZZA
Ariel’s Honey Infusions
New Haven, Vermont
Twist open a jar of Ariel’s Honey Infusions and you’ll be greeted with a bouquet of heavenly scents—lavender, vanilla, sage and rose—and an unusual-looking honey. Instead of seeing a smooth golden surface, you’ll glimpse a miniature garden’s worth of leaves, fruits, flowers and spices.
Each honey offered is broken down by its medicinal properties. Looking to relax? Add some Bee Sleepy honey, made with lavender, hops, chamomile and valerian, to your cup of tea. Aiming to beat a cold? Try the Immune Buzzer, which features pieces of garlic, ginger and lemon, on toast.
“Some people say they eat the honey straight out of the jar with a spoon,” says maker Ariel Krolick, a professional gardener who learned the trade from her grandparents. “My mother is an herbalist,” she explains, “and I’ve been brought up using herbs for healing, which was a huge source of inspiration in creating my honeys.”
Krolick started out making infused honey in her Vermont kitchen to give as gifts. After receiving years’ worth of positive feedback, she decided to turn it into a business. Ariel’s Honey is going on six years old, and Krolick still does all the sourcing, production and distribution on her own. She gets her honey from a wholesale beekeeper in New Haven, Vermont, who makes basswood and wildflower raw honey. While the honey is richly flavored and very floral in its natural state, it has no distinct plant flavor, which makes it a great base for her delicate herbal infusions.
Although you can certainly enjoy it plain, Ariel’s Honey works great on cheese plates, paired with fruit or yogurt or scooped into warm cups of tea. It’s currently available online and in specialty food stores throughout Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont.