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AN INTERVIEW WITH LEEANNE GOETZ,
FOUNDER, HONEY RIDGE FARMS

 

Honey Ridge Farms was founded in 2004 by Leeanne Goetz. Located in Brush Prairie, Washington, Honey Ridge Farms produces artisan honey products.  Honey Ridge Farms is a fifth generation beekeeping family committed to providing you with high quality specialty gourmet honey-based foods, offering honey crèmes, balsamic honey vinegar, honey glazes, grilling sauces, and gift sets.

 

GAIL GASTELU/THE TEA HOUSE TIMES:  Leeanne, it was a pleasure for us to represent your products at the recent World Tea Expo in Las Vegas.  So many people were happy to find a reliable honey supplier and the variety and flavors you offer was also a pleasant surprise.  Tell us about your company.

 

LEEANNE GOETZ/HONEY RIDGE FARMS:   For five generations our family has kept true to traditional apiary practices, which allows Honey Ridge Farms to produce exceptional, local based honey products.  Our son Ryan is caretaker to 1700 colonies that pollinate a variety of crops throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and California.  We have a unique appreciation and unprecedented consideration for hive health, offering the highest quality pollination services to local farmers.  Our honey is sourced from family members, like Ryan, and/or provided from a very small circle of beekeepers, all of whom we know personally and professionally.  We’re proud to use only superior, local U.S.A. honey in all our products.

 

GAIL:  Let’s discuss the honey crèmes first since this is the line we sampled in our booth at the expo.  Why are they called crèmes?   

 

LEEANNE:  It’s actually a very simple process where we blend Grade A Clover honey with fruits and spices, to create a luscious and smooth honey spread.

 

GAIL: Tell us about the balsamic honey vinegar.

 

LEEANNE:  Our Balsamic Honey Vinegar is an award-winning product, produced entirely from honey mead and fermented in a similar fashion as a balsamic.  Our honey vinegar is quite versatile and can be used in applications that mirror those of balsamic and other vinegars.  Because it’s 100% honey, the vinegar is also sulfite-free, offering consumers with this sensitivity a truly tasty alternative.  With a mellow-sweetness and delicate bite, balsamic honey vinegar can be used as a base for salad dressings and pan sauces.  Drizzle it over strawberries or use as a base for marinades and dipping sauces. There’s even an ice cream parlor in Portland called Salt & Straw, using it in a honey balsamic strawberry and black pepper combination!

 

GAIL:  Aside from using honey and honey crèmes to sweeten tea, what are some other uses?

 

LEEANNE:   They can be used in so many ways, as a spread for toast, scones, biscuits, pancakes and waffles.  You can use both in baking, as a topping for yogurt, ice cream, mascarpone and other desserts.  In reduction sauces with our honey vinegar, as a simple syrup to use in cocktails and other beverages; in grill and glaze sauces…so much versatility!

 

GAIL:  How do you promote bee colony health?

 

LEEANNE:  Because of our dedication to the apiculture industry and our partnership with local beekeepers, Honey Ridge Farms donates a portion of our profits from our Balsamic Honey Vinegar to help fund research to promote bee colony health. Significant problems face the honey bee and beekeeping industries. Since one-third of our food source depends on honeybee pollination, funding research is essential to maintaining bee colony health.

 

GAIL:  I see your website offers some great pointers for using honey and wonderful recipes for baking, appetizers, salads, main dishes, desserts, drinks, vinegars, glazes, and more.  What recipe do you think would be most interesting to a person who enjoys tea or to a tea room owner?

 

LEEANNE:  Well, we recently shared our honey crèmes with a few food bloggers and they came up with some fabulous uses.  A lemon honey crème Madeline, a strawberry-lemon-honey-crème shortcake and lemon honey basil cupcakes!  I suspect tea lovers probably enjoy baking, too, and love just as much the pairing of foods to tea.

 

GAIL:  Do you blog about your honey?

 

LEEANNE:  Yes, we try to keep very active.  As a matter of fact, all those recipes I mentioned have been featured on our blog ---   http://honeyridgefarms.wordpress.com/ Click here for blog. We also have a Facebook page, too, and enjoying interacting with our fans and followers regularly.  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Honey-Ridge-Farms/148040768544485

 

GAIL:  Do you offer retail sales direct at your website?

 

LEEANNE:  Yes, please visit http://www.honeyridgefarms.com to order, or to find a retailer near you.

 

GAIL:  What is the procedure for ordering wholesale?

 

LEEANNE: Wholesale, retail and foodservice are available. For wholesale information please contact us at 360.256.0086 or email: info@honeyridgefarms.com

 

GAIL:  Thank you for your time, Leeanne.  All of your honey products are delicious!

 

Please contact Honey Ridge Farms to order:

Honey Ridge Farms
12310 NE 245th Ave.
Brush Prairie, WA 98606
360.256.0086 Phone
360.883.2679 Fax
info@honeyridgefarms.com
http://www.honeyridgefarms.com

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