Honey is the sweet, golden liquid that honeybees produce. It is made from the process of bees extracting nectar from flowers and storing it within the beehive. As the bees spread the nectar throughout the honeycombs in the hive, water evaporates from the nectar, making it a thicker syrup. It can be made from a variety of different flowers and has multiple uses. For centuries, honey has been used both as a food and as a medicine.
Beekeeping is a year-round, professional career at Jaemor Farms, and we have a certified beekeeper to lead the way. The farm even offers an observation beehive that our field trip students and corn maze visitors can enjoy! Unfortunately, they are not able to produce enough honey to keep their markets supplied year-round with ours exclusively, but they do work with other local farmers to sell their honey at our market. So no matter the season, you can always get fresh, locally-made honey at our farm!
The type of flower a bee visits and collects nectar from will determine the flavor of the honey. At Jaemor theirs is extra special as the pollen that is gathered by their bees to produce the honey is from a combination of peach,apple, blackberry, strawberry and varieties of squash plants.
What Makes Honey “Local”?
Some may define local as a 20 mile radius, while others may consider it more regional. The flavor of honey depends on the flowers that are located in the area of the beehive. They recommend that when shopping for a flavor of local honey, find one that is closest to your home. Local honey can work as a medical remedy, for it is made from the pollen that often gives us allergies in the spring or fall!
Interesting Facts about Honey:
- A bee must collect nectar from about two million flowers to make one pound of honey
- It requires 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey
- Bees are the only insects in the world that produce food for humans
They have over 30 beehives on the farm, and honey is collected a few times a year. Be sure to stop by the market and try the locally-made honey.