Honeycomb is one of nature’s great wonders – an intricate maze of beeswax hexagons dripping with raw honey. It’s also one way to enjoy honey in its purest form, says Ian Dziuk of Absolutely Delightful, a family-owned business that sources from beekeepers across Arizona. To that end, Absolutely Delightful sells Arizona Honeycomb ($18), a favorite of customers who consume raw, unprocessed honey. “If the honey is in the honeycomb, then you have the reassurance that it hasn’t been pasteurized or filtered,” Dziuk says. “It’s high-quality honey.” Pop edible honeycomb in your mouth and chew it like gum (then spit out the wax) or use it to add sweetness to a charcuterie board. Dziuk suggests layering honeycomb on a cracker stacked with cheese and apple slices accompanied by a glass of wine. Find Absolutely Delightful at Valley farmers markets and its new brick-and-mortar location.
Absolutely Delightful Local Arizona Honey
2433 W. Peoria Ave., Phoenix
When Sarah Dunlop couldn’t find any granola that fit into her Paleo diet, she started making her own. “Most granola is full of sugars and things you can’t pronounce,” she says. Eventually, Dunlop made the leap from making granola for family and friends to selling it at farmers markets. Dunlop produces several varieties of grain-free granola, including her most recent addition, Salted Caramel ($18, 1 lb.), an addicting blend of chopped Green Valley pecans, cashews, coconut, pumpkin and sunflower seeds bathed in local Beetanical Garden honey and caramel made with organic coconut sugar. This wickedly good granola scattered over a bowl of yogurt is a blissful experience. If loose granola isn’t your jam, Dunlop also makes grain-free granola bars and brownies. Pick some up at Uptown or Gilbert farmers markets.
SarahBea Granola and Creations
Every Saturday morning, Jonathan Przybyl and then-fiancée Amanda Abou-Eid stopped at Gilbert Farmers Market to pick up their beloved Proof Bread. In 2017, after learning Proof founder Jared Allen was moving to Colorado, they were so distraught that they bought the business. Today, Przybyl and Abou-Eid have mastered a full line of sourdough products incorporating heritage grains farmed locally and milled at Hayden Flour Mills. “We specialize in old world-style long fermented breads and pastries,” Przybyl says. Customer favorites include the crusty local sourdough loaf ($7), a sweet and flaky pain au chocolat ($4) lined with locally made chocolate and square sourdough English muffins ($5) that can double as hamburger buns. Proof Bread is available at farmers markets and will soon have a brick-and-mortar location in Mesa.
Proof Artisan Bread