Sometimes you want a little sweetness with your cheese, perhaps in the form of a fig mostarda, red currant jam or floral honey (Honey with a peppery blue cheese is one of my favorite combos). With that last one in mind, I signed up recently for a half share through a Honey CSA, Brooklyn Honey, run by Megan at Brooklyn Homesteader. Twice in the next year, in July and October, I will receive a jar of genuine Brooklyn honey, borne of the pollens within 3 miles of their hive, which can include flowers as far away as Central Park.
In addition to being delicious and local, eating honey that originates in your area can work as a form of immunotherapy in the treatment of allergies. Honey contains traces of the pollen spores that trigger allergies, so by eating these honeys you acclimate your immune system to the same spores that you’ll be inhaling while walking down the street. That’s the theory anyways, and hey, either way you get a delicious accompaniment for your Rogue River Blue (You can read a NYTimes piece on honey and allergies here).