The other day, we went shopping at WinCo. I saw that they were selling honey dispensed from wooden box type thingies. There was a sign that said not to open the top of the box b/c of live bees. My DS opend the lid on the drip catcher part (not the top) before I could stop him and we did see a live bee. I asked if the honey was therefore raw and was told it was. I bought some and brought it home. The honey is very clear while the raw honey I bought at the FM had flecks of pollen in it and a kind of cloudiness. The honey tastes good and is more reasonable than the FM honey (especially if we are going to use a lot of if now that we've heard of the Hibernation Diet), but I wonder how it can really be raw and look just like pastuerized honey. How are the bees getting to pollenize flowers if they are in a box in a grocery store? There were different varieties (orange, clover and blackberry, I think) which would assume the bees have access to these different flowers, but the set up seems strange. Though, why have live bees in a box if it's not raw honey?
Is there a way that the raw honey could be filtered on the spot so that all the particles are removed? Does that effect the enzyme activity of the honey? Can bees be fed anything else to make honey besides pollen and would that honey be as good as "free range" honey?
I'm confused about this. I'd like to get fresh, raw, local honey but I'd also like to keep it w/in my budget. If WinCo offers the real deal, that would be great. It's just the whole set up that makes me skeptical and I couldn't seem to find a way to contact WinCo online.