Whether drizzled on toast or used as a sweetener in your favorite cookie recipe, honey holds a special place in the hearts of many. Bees on the other hand… well, there’s a general misconception about them. I, too, find myself more often than not afraid of bees more than anything else.
National Honey Bee Awareness Day, also known as World Honey Bee Day, seeks to address that misconception, and you can support the bees from local bee farms. We have two right in our back yard!
It all started in 2009 when the United States wanted to create a way to educate the public about the bee industry. In 2010 it was promoted and facilitated by a PA non-profit organization. Today, it’s an annual holiday that takes place on the third Saturday in August.
Educating people that bees not only make honey but play an important role in pollination is key to understanding these tiny insects. They help to pollinate trees and vegetables and fruit, all things we wouldn’t have so freely without the help of their work.
This day also help to promote the work of beekeepers, and you can support the following two local beekeepers today!
Since the 1800s, beekeeping ran in the family of the owner of Beekeeper’s Daughter. The bees are spread across Dallas, PA into southern NY and transported to Florida for the colder months.
The Beekeeper’s Daughter started hand-bottling their honey in 2010, first selling at local farmers markets but soon growing to beyond that. Today, though you can find their honey easily online and in a variety of local stores, each bottle is still hand poured into wide-mouthed, glass containers.
After helping a neighbor out with their bees, (over 10,000 bee hives!) the owner of Newkirk honey fell in love. Life took them on a different path but, in 2011, they started their own honey business.
Today, you can buy their honey all around Pennsylvania, as well as in select stores in New Jersey, Maryland, Washington DC, and New York. View the full list of locations here!
If you want to create an environment where bees can thrive, consider planting borage, lavender, and marjoram around your home—bees love these and they’re great to aid in pollination.
You can also, of course, shop local honey from any of the above-mentioned beekeepers, or any others in our area! Consider using their honey to replace sweeteners in your life (my dad loves honey in his coffee). Also, share our honey bee infographic to educate your friends and family on these amazing little creatures!
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.