View Full Version : Honey prices are getting INSANE here this summer - North Central Washington State

07-23-2014, 12:10 PM
This is my first full day being back home because the fires here ran me out of my home because of the smoke (breathing problems, dual inhalers). My tainted batches have stopped all fermentation since double dosing with K-Meta. And I was considering buying some honey, my partner knowing I want/need more honey checked some prices when he was out the last 7 days I was gone. Here are the prices:

1 pint $13
1 quart $20
1 Gallon $60

My conclusion from 4 fruit stands with these prices is: NO FRICKIN WAY!!!

The friends I stayed with love to use honey instead of sugar and want to buy a bucket. So we are now up to THREE buckets of honey, but if the price increase is across the board (I know you all pay more, but I'm poor ($197 a month GROSS income)) I'll have to cut out some more expenses for the $175 bucket for me anyway...

Just thought I'd report the increase from $8 pint, $15 quart, $40 gallons, and $100 buckets (which is a big increase from last years prices, used to be: $5 pint, $10 quart, $25 to $35 Gallon). They have raw honey (not strained like mine) for $165 before this, now possibly up to $225 or so.

Not sure if it's just Summer Touron pricing, or permanent price changes. As they all happened in 9 months, I am leaning towards permanent at this point. But, we'll see...

07-23-2014, 12:20 PM
I was visiting in Maryland last week, and saw shelf prices at $15-$18 a pint as well for generic wildflower.

Personally, I can't see pricing it that high for my own area (many beekeepers in the Finger Lakes). Even if that weren't the case, I probably wouldn't go that high. I want to encourage people to buy and consume honey, not treat it like it's liquid gold to be frugally ingested!

Chevette Girl
07-23-2014, 12:56 PM
Ouchie, that's pretty harsh, I thought $8/lb for the fancy stuff was pretty awful when I can get good stuff for $3/lb...

07-23-2014, 01:49 PM
Glad to see that you and yours made it through the fires safely. Your area has been hit hard. That may be part of the reason for the spike in honey prices, although price gouging seems more likely.


07-23-2014, 09:23 PM
$100 dollar buckets (5 gal?) would be amazing. The going price around here has been 180-220 for wildflower, higher for varietals.

07-23-2014, 11:11 PM
Central Indiana I can get 5 lbs Sue Bee clover honey for $15. Still looking for a source for more flavorful honey.

07-24-2014, 12:59 AM
I can get 5 gallons of honey real cheap here.... Not. Got quoted a price of 250 for wildflower lol. I usually purchase in 3 kg pails, that run for 30-40 dollars. And for most 5 gallon batches I need 3 of these :(

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07-24-2014, 01:02 AM
I know money is tight, but you can do a lot with 1 gallon of honey, and for 60 bucks, you'd have money left over

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07-24-2014, 09:32 AM
Last year I bought wildflower, sunflower, and clover honey for $2.50/Lb. This year it's up to $3.50/lb. That's a heck of an increase. My honey lady said it's because of bee losses, and the flooding we experienced here this year. That's the price the honey board has set. Yikes.

Jim H
07-26-2014, 11:41 AM
I've been sourcing honey lately, and yes, I see an increase across the board too. Some of the reasons cited this year: there were losses to bee mites and some colony collapses, drought in the west and in the south, and yes other areas with flooding.

Tupelo and sage may as well be precious metals - many vendors only have remains from prior years.

07-30-2014, 09:21 AM
Yep. No tupelo this year in Florida. At least none that is affordable or local. A local vendor told me it had something to do with weather. I forget if it was a cold snap or rain related at the moment, but honey is going up here as well.