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Faith Mountain Farm

Honey Story (Beta)

Faith Mountain Farm is a family farm owned and operated by James and Shannon Wilkes in conjunction with their children, their spouses, and grandchildren. Depending on the time of year and our current interests and energy, we bake, keep bees, and grow flowers and vegetables, supplying the high country area with various baked goods, sourwood and wildflower honey varieties, and sunflowers, dahlias, and zinnias. 


Honey bees are a big part of the landscape with hives on the farm as well as apiaries throughout the High Country region and the North Carolina foothills. We produce several wildflower mixes depending on elevation and nectar sources, but our primary focus is quality sourwood honey, a highly sought-after varietal honey. 


Creston, North Carolina, USA

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Faith Mountain Farm


Creston, North Carolina

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Amount harvested

1,005 lbs.

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Flavor description

Sourwood honey

Sourwood honey is a highly sought after varietal honey with a unique flavor profile produced from the nectar of sourwood trees in the Appalachian mountain and foothill regions. The beekeeping management required to produce sourwood honey requires experience and attention to detail as well as access to apiary locations that produce a good sourwood crop while not mixing with other nectar sources. This increased management for sourwood production combined with the influence of weather and variability in blooming and nectar production means there is generally a lower supply of authentic sourwood honey relative to the demand.

Sourwood Tree: Also known as “Appalachian Lily tree,” its blooming period begins in mid to late June and blooms through July. Honey from this tree generally has an amber color with rich gingerbread and caramel undertones and an anise or spicy finish.

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