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Moss Farms prides itself on raw, local honey

Moss Farms

What’s that? Entrepreneurs often start their businesses out of a basement or garage, but Greg McKelvey launched his current enterprise from his West Ashley backyard, where he set up a few honey beehives.

Now McKelvey and wife Erica keep those hives, along with hives in Hanahan and Meggett. “Though we love seeing people show interest in beekeeping themselves, we do warn them that it is a major undertaking and commitment not to be taken lightly,” Erica McKelvey stresses. They sell their honey raw, which means they don’t heat-process it to extend its shelf life.

“Our honey is spun from the comb, filtered through a sieve and bottled,” McKelvey says.

Who recommends it? Sharon Aydlette, the baker behind Tenacious Tart.

Why? “It’s the only honey we use at home,” Aydlette says. In addition to admiring the floral flavors captured by the McKelveys’ honey, Aydlette points out it’s sold in bulk, which is convenient for people who want to use the product as a facial scrub base.

Where is it? Moss Farms offers free delivery in the greater Charleston area, but shoppers who prefer to inspect honey before buying it can visit with the McKelveys at James Island’s Town Market, 871 Fort Johnson Road, on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, visit or call 843-532-0763.

— Hanna Raskin

Reach Hanna Raskin at 843-937-5560 and follow her on Twitter @hannaraskin.

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