Best Of 2007

Best Local Honey: Gibbons Bee Farm

If you come across a honeybee in St. Louis County, it might well belong to Sharon Gibbons. The sixtysomething beekeeper has more than 150 hives scattered around the county: in back yards, near streams, on the edges of fields and on working farms. The result? A toothsome honey heady with clover and alfalfa. Gibbons also offers a full line of honey cremes, whipped honey infused with flavors as varied as blackberries and jalapeño peppers. She also makes a salad dressing, a honey mustard, a lavender honey sauce and a slew of beeswax candles. Many of Gibbons' products are available at the big local grocery chains, or via the toll-free phone number listed above.