Looking for a little something to sweeten up your season? Make your way up to Bennett’s Honey Farm, located off the 126 Highway for honey production from Ventura County. The family-operated farm takes advantage of the best sage and wildflower fields in California, delivering 100 percent raw, organic honey to its consumers.
The farm was started by Red and Ann Bennett more than 30 years ago. Interestingly, one afternoon a swarm of bees landed in the couple’s backyard and Red, a rocket scientist with NASA at the time, was inspired to start harvesting honey. From that point on he devoted himself to the honey process and created the thriving farm that stands today. Now in the hands of owners Chip and Taydee Vannoy, Bennett’s Honey Farm is buzzing with business.
Bennett’s Honey Farm is run completely on solar power, so your honey will be produced by the sun! They produce, pack and distribute all products on site and proudly maintain industry standards for safety and cleanliness. Furthermore, they filter their honey through a process called “gravity straining,” which allows the product to retain its natural components. While the process itself is time consuming, the Farm finds that gravity straining is necessary in order to produce higher quality honey.
General Manager Al Fortune explains, “We take pride in producing premium, unfiltered honey. We have so many varieties to choose from, anything from wildflower to avocado. Our bees are very well taken care of and our beekeepers are caring and highly skilled.”
He further explains that the beekeeper’s work is constant. They have to deal with various issues concerning the health and maintenance of its bees, which are only fed with the highest quality food and floral sources around.
Bennett’s Honey Farm’s tasting room and store front are open seven days a week. Aside from spending a fun afternoon sampling the various honeys, you can also visit the observation room and see the bees hard at work. The Bennetts also have a store stocked full of natural honey products all created with their own products — beeswax, candles, candy, honeycomb, soaps and the Farm’s renowned honey barbecue sauce and others. Bennett’s barbecue sauce gets shipped all over the country and is one of the business’ most popular products.
“Come and experience what real honey is all about! Honey this pure is hard to find nowadays,” raves Fortune.
Bennett’s Honey Farm is located at 3176 Honey Lane in Fillmore. For more information visit www.bennetthoney.com or call 805-521-1375.