I just returned from a delightful hour spent with Bocage Bee & Honey Co’s, Milou Barry at the new store on Druscilla Lane. They literally just unlocked the doors and opened to the public three days ago.
I know what you’re thinking. Honey is blog-worthy? Isn’t all honey the same?
No. Not by a long shot. Welcome to the theatre of honey.
Produced locally by urban beekeeper Elizabeth Holloway, each varietal has a unique taste, depending on the nectar of the particular flower visited by the honey bee . Bocage specializes in “varietal honeys” which means they don’t blend the honey from one location with another. The bland blended stuff in the grocery store just doesn’t compare. Their honey is on the menu at many restaurants both in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and can also be found on the shelves at Whole Foods. You can also find them downtown at the Farmers market.
My first impression was that Milou was not only passionate about her product, but also passionate about her customers. She had over 14 different varieties of honey on hand that day and she insisted I try every single one of them. Each had a unique story and a unique taste…from mild to bold, from light to dark, and even wildly varying fragrances depending on which blossoms the bee visited.
I picked up a variety of honey called Button Wood (from the river area around Port Vincent) because I was making a sweet sesame soba noodle dish later that night. It was a perfect match. A few days later I made a corn bread from one of Holly Clegg’s recipes and topped it off with a drizzle of “Fig Tree” honey. Perfect.