Frequently Asked Questions
What is Raw Honey?
In the United States there is no federal definition for "raw" honey, as a general rule raw honey is honey that has not been heated to the point of pasteurization. Therefore many honeys labeled as raw may have been heated or filtered prior to bottling. Each beekeeper is left to make their own decision about what they consider to be raw.
We at Wustner Brothers Honey strive to produce what we consider to be a truly raw honey. Our unheated and unfiltered honey is a truly raw product taken directly from our beehives poured into the bottle unprocessed and unaltered.
My Raw Honey Has Crystallized, What do I do?
Crystallization (or granulation) is a process which occurs naturally in unprocessed honey. It is perfectly fine to eat honey in it's crystallized state, but if you prefer a more liquid honey we suggest using one of the following methods:
1) Place your honey jar in a sunny window as the sunlight warms the honey it will return to a more liquid state.
2) Place your honey jar in a small pot of warm (not boiling) water and watch carefully until the honey begins to liquefy.
Can I recycle Wustner Brothers Honey glass jars?
Yes! You can return your clean empty raw honey jars (with lids) to us at the Clark Fork Market and Missoula Farmers Market every Saturday May through October. We will sanitize the jars to be used for our next harvest of honey. We greatly appreciate your efforts to reduce waste and reuse!
How do you keep bears from getting into your hives?
We diligently maintain solar-powered security fences in our apiaries in an effort to keep wildlife and our beehives coexisting peacefully. We have never used lethal force to keeps bears out of our hives. We love the wildlife and wild spaces that Montana provides us with, and running our business in a sustainable, responsible, and respectful manner is of the utmost importance to us.
Do you give tours?
We aren’t setup to do tours. We do highly recommend you check out the Missoula Insectarium. They have great exhibits and programs for all ages to learn about pollinators and other insects. You can always visit us at the Clark Fork Market and Missoula Farmers Market every Saturday May through October to sample honey and get the latest updates on the hives.
I've heard or read about the bees dying off, how can I help to save the bees?
As as beekeepers we are grateful that the public is becoming increasingly aware of the amazing services that pollinators provide to all of us. Supporting businesses and farmers who utilize sustainable and environmentally-responsible agricultural practices helps to keep insecticide-free forage plentiful for honeybees and native pollinators in your community. At home you can create a pollinator haven by keeping your own yard pesticide-free (bees LOVE dandelions!) and planting as many pollinator-friendly flowers as you can handle. Here are some links to information from the US Forest Service and US Fish & Wildlife literature about how you can help your local pollinators.