'Bear's Honeypot' to Specialize in Small, Local

The new specialty store will sell cheese, vegetables and other goods from producers in the local area.

For more than a decade, Barret Lang has worked to help local food producers sell their products at farmers markets around the area.

Now, he’s giving them a permanent retail outlet, with a new specialty store to open in Odenton later this year.

Lang will open Bear’s Honeypot next month, offering a place to buy locally grown produce and items including cheeses, pastas and jams. The store will be located in the Stone Circle complex on Odenton Road, near the traffic circle.

“We’re going to be really focused on the small producers,” he said. “Pretty much any product made locally, we’ll have it for you.”

Lang, a Crofton native and 2003 graduate of , said he developed an interest in food after working in the produce section of local supermarkets. Over the years, he began helping local food producers sell their products at farmers markets in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.

He said he’s developed strong ties with the producers and personally visits their farms and the places where food is made.

Lang said small producers don’t have a wide range of places to sell their goods, and that buying from local producers is better for the economy.

“If I buy chicken from the local farmer down the street, he’s going to able to spend more here,” Lang said.

Lang referred to himself as a “cheesemonger” and said he hopes to have a wide variety of local cheeses, including rare sheep cheese.

Bear’s Honeypot also will have milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese curds, all from farmers located within a few hours’ drive. There also will be some local meats, including chicken, though the store does not plan to sell fish.

Lang also will grow tomatoes and basil in pots on the store's front porch, available for people to take.

He said he hopes to connect with the Odenton community, possibly through special events with local wine stores. He plans to offer a 5 percent discount to residents of the new Haven at Odenton Gateway apartments across the street.

“This is a way for people to get good, local products without having to go and spend two or three hours at a farmers market on the weekends,” he said.

Megan Arts Evans June 04, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I love this! Can't wait to try it out. BUY LOCAL.
Tiffany Shaw June 04, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Can't wait!!!
John June 04, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I'm in! Please keep us updated so we know when it's open.
Thea Warner June 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I agree - this sounds great! I have found it difficult to make it to the Piney Orchard farmers' market due to the limited hours. Will they sell eggs? May be able to get those from Annapolis residents in the near future. :-)
Barret W. Lang June 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
We will have fresh Brown Eggs, Americana Eggs and Quail Eggs... and maybe a duck egg here and there...
Meryl Tseng June 04, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I'm really excited about this, especially the part about the CSA! Can't wait for them to open next month :-)
Alicia June 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Will any of the produce be organic?
Susan Kim June 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM
This is awesome! Looking forward to the opening.
Cindy Bryl June 05, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Will you have honey and or maple syrup? Looking forward to your opening.
Barret W. Lang June 05, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Yeah the CSA is going to be a great program, I have also lined up year round produce for the store! We are tinkering with the idea of CSA home delivery, your thoughts?
Barret W. Lang June 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Alicia, Most of the produce will be organic, althought so of my farmer friends are IPM. We are seeing a lot of erosion problems from Organic Farming in MD, while Conventional Farming is helping keep the soil in place.
Barret W. Lang June 05, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I have local honey coming from several diffrent Apiary's and I will have maple syrup and maple sugar! Also we have Hickory Syrup from Berryville, VA, its made the Native American Way from Hickory Bark, its got a nice smokey taste!
Barret W. Lang June 05, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Local Farms! Local Food! Local Business!
Barret W. Lang June 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Me too!
Barret W. Lang June 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Will do, please check out my FB page and website for news! This week we will start building the cheese counter and work room. Local artisan Carlie Slenk will be making handmade soaps on site!
Barret W. Lang June 05, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Thanks, hope to see you there!
Meryl Tseng June 05, 2012 at 11:40 PM
I'd be fine with picking up at the store, as I drive by there on my way to and from work every day. Since I may not be at home when you would be delivering, I'd rather have my CSA stuff safe and sound with you as opposed to sitting on my porch.
Sarah K June 07, 2012 at 03:44 PM
this is amazing! Can't wait to check it out. I am a proud supporter of local products and love this idea. We belong to a CSA that we pick up at Severna Park farmer's market, and always support farmers markets all around. Glad there will be a store that will have local items available more days/times. Super idea!
Kim W. June 07, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Can't wait!!!
Rachel L. June 08, 2012 at 08:35 PM
How exciting!!! I wonder...Will there be a small area for local crafters/artists to sell their items?
Barret W. Lang June 12, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Thanks, looking forward to seeing you!
Barret W. Lang June 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Me to, just picked up some new jam from my jam people...strawberry pineapple!
Barret W. Lang June 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM
We are going to try and keep the store mainly food with a few locally crafted cheese boards and honey spoons, however I will always take a look what someone creates, and if it makes sense we can go from there.
Helen July 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Real cheese curds from Maryland. Excited tobtry them and stop at the store fir other local products.


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