Interviewed: 05.02.15 by Eileen Stachowski
“Honey is amazing!” said Patti Matthews of Matthews Family Farm in Weiser, Idaho after sharing stories about its many benefits at the Capital City Public Market. Earlier this year Patti’s cat healed in 4-5 days after Patti applied her family’s local, grade A, antibacterial honey to an injured area. She also suggests naturally combating allergies by consuming 1 tablespoon of her honey every day, 4 weeks prior to allergy season. “All we do [to our honey] is run it through cheesecloth because we don’t like wax in it!” exclaimed Patti Matthews to an inquiring customer.
Patti Matthews started farming almost a decade ago and began by raising free range, pasture-raised, and non-GMO grain finished lambs and chickens. In 2011, the farm took over Idaho Honey and has been increasing its hive numbers since then. They harvest local, raw, unfiltered alfalfa and wildflower honey from their own bee hives which are strategically scattered throughout low pesticide spray areas Washington County.
Looking for a way to utilize honey in a meal? Try dousing a leg of lamb in honey, covering it in tinfoil, and roasting it in the oven at 275℉ until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 ℉. A simple, delicious, local meal that is sure to please!
Patti and her daughter are a staple at the Capital City Public Market providing customers with local chicken, eggs, lamb, sausages, honey and honey products. Find Matthews Family Farm every Saturday on the corner of 8th St. and W. Idaho St.