On Rosh Hashanah, we express our hope for a sweet new year by dipping fresh apples into some delicious honey. But finding the best organic, locally sourced option isn’t always easy — so the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia did the work for you. Browse below for our picks across Greater Philadelphia. And for those looking for a honey alternative? Not to worry: We’ve asked the best vegan chef there is, Rich Landau of Vedge and V Street, for his suggestion. “My pick would be agave nectar, which is made from the blue agave cactus plant,” Landau said. “It’s really delicious and sweet but with tons of depth and flavor.” You can find it just about everywhere, he added, even at your local supermarket.
However you choose to dip your apples, Shanah Tovah!
Buckingham Valley Honey at Doylestown Food Market
29 W. State St., Doylestown, Pa. 18901
Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Buckingham Valley Honey is a “floral” all-natural local honey from in and around the Delaware Valley. Some of the best comes right from Joe Ridgway’s own hives in Buckingham, when he pulls small batches of it himself two times a year.
3325 Creamery Road, New Hope, Pa. 18938
Thursday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Seventeen pick-your-own apple varieties are available at Solebury Orchards, including popular Honey Crisp, Cortland and Keepsake, a Solebury specialty. A wagon will take you to the orchards on weekends in September and October.
CENTER CITY PHILADELPHIA:
Swarmbustin’ Honey’s Totally Raw Honey at Essene Market
719 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Unheated, unfiltered honey, with all enzymes intact: This honey is both a scientific marvel and a culinary delight. Straight from a family-run bee farm in Chester, the honey is carefully extracted from the honeycomb, then simply spun out to fall freely from the extractor directly into the bottle, where it crystallizes naturally. Plus, while at Essene, enjoy the locally produced apple selection!
Empire BeeFarm Honey at Wyebrook Farm Market
150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook, Pa. 19344
Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Visit Wyebrook Farm to pick up a bottle of Empire BeeFarm honey. Locally sourced in Chester County, owners Andy and Jared use chemical-free beekeeping techniques to provide pure, unfiltered natural honey to the local community.
1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Pick your apples by hand or in the market at Highland Orchards. With more than 200 acres and several varieties of apples to choose from, you’re guaranteed to fulfill all your Rosh Hashanah needs.
Bumbleberry Farm’s Squirrel Crazy Maple Honey at Terrain
914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, Pa. 19342
Sunday through Thursday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
A family-owned operation in western Pennsylvania, all of Bumbleberry Farm’s organic non-ray honey (available at Terrain) is produced in small batches. The maple-infused honey provides the perfect autumn complement to your Rosh Hashanah table.
137 W. Knowlton Road, Media, Pa. 19063
Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Few things say “autumn” quite like an apple-picking visit to Linvilla Orchards. The apple season runs from mid-September through late October — just in time for the High Holidays — and there are 20 varieties growing on 20 acres.
Stockin’s Wildflower Honey at Dutch County Farmer’s Market
2031 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19149
Wednesday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Dutch County Farmers Market in Northeast Philadelphia has a wide variety of honey offerings, but we recommend Stockin’s Raw Wildflower Honey. From Stockin’s Apiaries in Strasburg, owner Gary Stockin provides raw honey straight from the comb that varies across seasons. Pick up some fresh, organic apples while you’re there, too!
Truly Pure & Natural’s Raw Cream Lemon Honey at Queen’s Health Store
711 Rt. 113, Souderton, Pa. 18964
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Looking for a honey to complement a slice of challah? Nick and Denise, a honey-creating couple in Montgomery County, use raw, never-heated creamed honey to create a decadent spread. You can even use it on some kosher ice cream for dessert.
2222 S. Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, Pa. 19446
Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
An apple-picking adventure awaits at Merrymead Farm! Turn your visit to this historic family-owned and operated working dairy farm and farm market into a leisurely afternoon of fun.