Although many of our members sell honey locally, we are unable to recommend a specific outlet for purchase of local honey. Most UK beekeepers are very small-scale producers, usually operating non-commercially. Our association, the Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association, is an educational charity which aims to promote knowledge of bees among the public and within the beekeeping community and improve the welfare of bees. While some of our members sell honey, that is done privately outside the association. As a charity, we cannot operate as, for example, a co-operative or agent selling honey on behalf of our members. As a result, we have no information on where local beekeepers sell their honey.
Having said that during the summer Oxfordshire BKA and other local beekeeping associations often have stands at local (Oxfordshire, Warwickshire) village shows (e.g. Blenheim Flower Show and Brailes, Tysoe, Morton-in-the-Marsh village shows and at the Shipston Wool Fair) where members do sell their honey.
All honey sold in the UK must give the name of the producer, the address, the country of origin, the nett weight and, possibly, indicate the type of honey. Expect to pay anywhere between £4.00 and £10.00 for a one pound jar of locally produced honey.
Possible outlets for local honey include specialist food shops, farm shops, the Oxford Covered Market and some visitor attractions, especially National Trust properties.