Boston is a hive of honey action, especially during the High Holidays. Here are eight favorite spots for your honey fix.
Looking for the best challah to dip in your honey? Look no further—here are Boston’s best.
Award-winning: Tewksbury Honey
This family-run business with 125 hives found its sweet spot with raw wildflower and spring creamed honey, a recent recipient of the national Good Food Award, bestowed upon craft food producers devoted to flavor depth, good animal husbandry and social-environmental responsibility.
Delivery delights: Michael’s Deli
Owner Steve Peljovich will serve a full Rosh Hashanah menu, but he’s especially proud of his tasty apple-honey knishes ($4.50 apiece), available starting Thursday, Sept. 14. His full menu comes with a big benefit for busy hosts: free delivery to towns including Brookline, Needham, Newton and Wellesley.
Honey cake: Shirley Eat More Sunshine
A go-to for gourmet sandwiches in Davis Square, Shirley’s Kat Bayle lovingly creates nut-free apple honey cakes—“a fun little cake, with crispy caramelized edges and fluffy inside,” she promises—for Rosh Hashanah. Pick yours up starting Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Honey with a twist: Clover Food Lab
We love that Clover goes all out with massive kosher-certified meal boxes for the holidays, sure to feed a crowd (or to guarantee leftovers). In addition to its usual assortment of kugel, soups and salads, boxes will include honey Fluffernutter sandwiches with pita and house-made honey “fluff,” guaranteed to please your smaller guests. Plus: apples from Groton’s Autumn Hill Orchard or Natick’s Lookout Farm. Pick up in Cambridge, or order delivery.
Indie sensation: Momma’s
This brand-new grocery in North Cambridge stocks a deep inventory of delightfully whimsical local provisions curated by Rebel Rebel and Island Creek Oysters alum Danielle Pattavina, including challah from Arlington’s Breadboard Bakery and honey from Belmont’s Oh Papa. Pair your finds with apples from Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, Vermont.
Perennial favorite: The Butcherie
Frazzled? Eager to outsource? This reliable kosher grocer in Brookline is a convenient go-to for an assortment of squeeze-bottle honey, as well as other baking essentials. Plus, it offers delivery.
Ultra local: Boston Honey Company
This 27-year-old hive of sweet delight bottles kosher honey—plus honey-themed candles for your table. Considering your own apiary? It also sells bees out of its Holliston headquarters.
Urban convenience with small-town charm: Stillman’s Farm
This New Braintree farm operates a cozy stall at Boston Public Market, where its baskets brim forth with fresh produce and its very own honey with partners Golden Rule Honey, which maintains hives on its farm. Boston Public Market is a terrific way to find local honey—alongside plenty of other vendors, from Boston Smoked Fish to Bagel Guild and Beantown Pastrami.