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Bee happy, Cloister Honey

Randall York and Joanne Young started Cloister Honey in the backyard of their house in The Cloisters.
Randall York and Joanne Young started Cloister Honey in the backyard of their house in The Cloisters. Observer files

Charlotte’s Cloister Honey made the cut in the first Southern Living Food Awards, announced by the Birmingham-based magazine. The editors tasted 300 artisan products to pick the 24 best. Three were from North Carolina: Cloister’s Ghost Pepper Whipped Honey, Big Spoon Roasters Mission Almond Butter from Durham and Fullsteam Brewery Summer Basil Farmhouse Ale, also from Durham.

Cloister Honey is made by Randall York and Joanne Young, who named their company after the Providence Road neighborhood where they live. Their many flavors are sold at markets all over the area, including Earth Fare.

Which other products made the list? Put these on your shopping list:

Bacon’s Heir Pork Clouds, Atlanta.

Beautiful Briny Sea, Friends Forever Sea Salt, French Picnic Salt, Atlanta.

Belle Chevre Goat Cheese Cheesecake, Elkmont, Ala.

Belle Meade Bourbon Sherry Cask Finish, Nashville.

Bittermilk No. 6, Oaxacan Old-Fashioned Mix, Charleston.

Blackberry Farm Reserve Strawberry Balsamic Preserves, Walland, Tenn.

Bristow Gin, Jackson, Miss.

Chocolat By Adam Turoni Wildflower Honeycomb Chocolate Bar, Savannah, Ga.

Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mixer, Oxford, Miss.

El Guapo Bitters Cucumber & Lavender Bitters, New Orleans.

Frankie V’s Kitchen Habenero Infused Vinegar, Dallas.

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Elderflower Tonic, Charleston.

King Bean Coffee Roaster Twenty Strong, Charleston.

Liber & Co. Pineapple Gum Syrup, Austin.

Piper and Leaf Artisan Tea Co. Front Porch Special, Huntsville, Ala.

Pogue Mahone Pickles Texas Sweet Heat, Austin.

Richland Rum, Richland, Ga.

Shotwell Candy Co. Original Salted Caramels, Memphis.

Southern Craft Creamery Buttermilk Ice Cream, Marianna, Fla.

Willa’s Shortbread Tupelo Honey Shortbread Bites, Madison, Tenn.

Yellowbird Sauce Habenero Hot Sauce, Jalapeno Hot Sauce and Serrano Hot Sauce, Auston.