Where To Buy Raw Honey In Seattle

There is plenty of raw honey to be found in the Seattle area, if you know where to look. Rather unfortunately, it’s harder to get your hands on fresh, local raw honey than it is to find imported honeys from around the world. You need to haunt the farmers markets, since few major stores stock honey from the smaller local apiaries, which by definition have inconsistent product. Pro tip: at the markets, not only the honey sellers have honey; many farms will have bees for pollination and sometimes get leftover honey from it. Look at all the produce tables. You might find something unusual.

For honey produced from hives placed in the city, see Seattle Apiaries.

This page will always be a work in progress; please let me know if I missed something or if a listing is out of date. Below I use the term “imported” loosely to also include honey from out of state (though I consider Oregon apiaries to be local).

Location Local? Imported? Location
Location Local? Imported? Location
Ballard Farmers Market
Two honey stands are often found here: Brookfield Farm, one of my favorite local apiaries, and Golden Harvest – The Bee Ranch from Whidbey Island. But also make sure to ask produce stands if they have honey from pollinating their crops, especially in the summer and fall.
Local Seattle - Ballard
Big John's PFI (Pacific Food Importers) (International District)
This place is fun to visit if you can find it (hint: the door is down from the street, at the bottom of the parking lot), and they have a few shelves of honey that have been constantly changing since I've been going there. Not all of the honeys are raw like at Chef Shop, so make sure to read the labels. I found some amazing French honeys here, such as a honey from Brittany that smells like apples.
Imported Seattle - Downtown (near stadiums, Sodo)
Broadway Farmers Market
There used to be at least two apiaries represented here in the warmer months, including Pixie Honey from Olympia, but lately there haven't been any. One of the farm stands sometimes has blackberry or raspberry honey however. And if you're already in the area, you can go up the street to the shop called Sugarpill where you can often find honey from in-city hives (see the separate listing here).
Local Seattle - Capitol Hill
Central Co-Op (Capitol Hill)
Though they don't have a huge honey selection, I've seen jars from the Bellingham area apiary Sunny Honey here.
Local Imported Seattle - Capitol Hill
Central Market
This is my favorite supermarket. I go to the one in Shoreline, which has always had quite a few honeys. Recently they have been carrying an amazing dark honey from Craic Honey Company. Also good are the raw honeys from from Glory Bee (not all are raw, just the ones that say raw, and those are excellent). This store used to have quite a selection of New Zealand honeys, though they have cut back on them lately.
Local Imported Shoreline
Chef Shop (Elliott Ave., lower Queen Anne)
This is the best place to find non-local honey in Seattle, and now they even have some good ones from Oregon. You will only find high-quality raw honey here, and I've seen honeys here that I've never found anywhere else in town. Plus there is a honey tasting table in the back with all the honeys available to try. This store is a culinary dreamland. You might want to put on your blinders before entering and head straight to the back, so you don't end up spending your life savings on other things like bitters, vinegars and olive oils...
Local Imported Seattle - Queen Anne (lower)
Coupeville Farmers Market
This is on Whidbey Island, just a short ferry away, so I'm including it since you will be able to find some great honeys there, including that of Prairie Mountain Honey Company.
Local Whidbey Island
Dandelion Botanical Company
This store sells great honey from Hummingbird - mostly from Oregon. The mint and the pumpkin are especially distinctive.
Local Imported Seattle - Ballard
De Laurenti (downtown)
A Seattle institution, this shop at Pike's Place Market has many interesting honeys. They are usually priced higher here than elsewhere, but if they are the only one to have it, well...
Imported Seattle - Downtown
Euro Deli
This store in Shoreline has "a little bit of each" as the owner says, and that also goes for the honey, all of which are interesting: local choices from Mill Creek Honey and BZ Boss in Carnation, Russian honeys from Bashkirian (Bashkortostan?), and leatherwood honey from Australia (not the same leatherwood from New Zealand you see in those bird-adorned cans). She likes Buckwheat honey - there is one from Russia as well as a local version. 20011 Aurora Ave N.
Local Imported Shoreline
Fremont Sunday Market
Shipwreck Honey from West Seattle sells here.
Local Seattle - Fremont
Goodies Mediterranean Market
This market has a few imported honeys, such as a Turkish pine honey (doesn't say raw) and also raw honeys from Heritage Honey in California, including avocado honey, which I love.
Imported Seattle - Lake City
International Deli (Bellevue)
This store is in a strip mall in Bellevue, but it's not Bellevue inside. It's packed with items from Russia and eastern Europe, and has many shelves of honey. Besides a metric ton of raw honeys from Russia, you'll find the entire line of Airborne brand New Zealand honeys. I can't find a web page for this place, but here is the address:

15015 Main St Ste 110
Bellevue, Washington 98007
Imported Bellevue
Lake City Farmers Market
The Whidbey Island apiary Golden Harvest sells here.
Local Seattle - Lake City
MacPherson's Fruit & Produce (Beacon Hill)
I haven't been to MacPherson's yet, but somebody kindly emailed me to say that they are selling honey from the Heavenly Honey Farm in Puyallup, WA (not to be confused with "Honey Heaven" / "Heavenly Honey" distributed by Hummingbird Wholesale in Oregon). I haven't tried this honey either. I guess I need to get over to Beacon Hill.
Local Seattle - Beacon Hill
Magnolia Farmers Market
I haven't tried this yet but they list "Cascade Natural Honey".
Local Seattle - Magnolia
Metropolitan Market (Queen Anne)
There is a small and oddly eclectic selection of honey here. I found an incredible Sourwood honey from Georgia here, and they have (expensive) Tupelo honeycomb.
Local Imported Seattle - Queen Anne (upper)
Minglemint Natural Food Store (Vashon Island)
This is on Vashon Island, just a short ferry across from West Seattle, so it still counts, and this little store usually has great honeys on the shelf - not many, but good ones. Besides being the only nearby place I have seen the excellent Heavenly Honey brand (distributed by Hummingbird Wholesale in Oregon), Minglemint has lately been offering their own brand sourced from local beekeepers.
Local Imported Vashon Island
Paris-Madrid Grocery (downtown)
On Western Ave, this shop has many French and Spanish honeys.
Imported Seattle - Downtown
PCC Natural Markets
PCC has an excellent spread of local raw honeys, including Craic Honey (Yakima Valley), Oregon Growers & Shippers Wildflower (Columbia River Gorge), High Country Honey, and Glory Bee (their raw honeys). Besides those, there are a few less-interesting brands from out of state.
Local Imported Seattle - various locations
Phinney Farmers Market
Seattle Urban Honey is listed to sell here (also at the University District market).
Local Seattle - Phinney Ridge
Pike Place Market
I've seen at least three honey sellers here. Not all are raw. Make sure to ask. Don't miss the Sunny Honey storefront, near the pig and fish-throwers.
Local Seattle - Downtown
Rainbow Natural Remedies
Depending on seasonal availability, this store carries honey from Seattle's own Urban Bee Company (who deliver honey here by bicycle). They also carry the brands Moon Valley (Deming WA) and Uncle Harry (Redmond WA - not an apiary itself).
Local Imported Seattle - Capitol Hill (15th)
Shoreline Farmers Market
Rainy Day Bees sells here in season (once a month - best to make sure when on their Facebook page) when they have honey from their in-city hives.
Local Shoreline
South Lake Union Saturday Market
Shipwreck Honey from West Seattle sells here.
Local Seattle
Sugarpill (Capitol Hill)
Only city honey here, or close to it. I've found honey from Urban Bee Company (who deliver honey here by bicycle), Ballard Bee Company, and Rockridge Orchards. I've learned to buy new honeys on sight here. They go fast.
Local Seattle - Capitol Hill
Sunny Honey (Pike Place)
Anne of Sunny Honey out of Bellingham now has her own store right in the center of Pike Place Market. You can find it just to the left of the fish-throwers near the pig at the entrance. Under her brand she is selling her own honey plus honey from other small producers throughout the state, and their locations are pinned on a map on the wall. Hers is the only store devoted solely to local honey that I know of in Washington.
Local Seattle - Downtown
University District Farmers Market
You'll find wonderful honey from Seattle Urban Honey, who label their honey with the hive location within Seattle. Also I've seen Golden Harvest honey from Whidbey Island here.
Local Seattle - University District
Watson Kennedy Fine Home
Unexpectedly, this shop has many good honeys.
Imported Seattle - Downtown
West Seattle Farmers Market
No apiary is listed for this market, but ask around at the vegetable sellers, especially Whistling Train and Rockridge Orchards.
Local Seattle - West Seattle
Whole Foods
I've found some great honeys at Whole Foods, and they usually have at least one local brand, though they are not likely to have honey from small apairies that can't make enough to provide a year-round supply.
Local Imported Seattle - various locations


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