National Honey Month, initiated by the National Honey Board in 1989, marks an important time for honey producers and beekeepers across the nation.

In the United States, honey collection season typically concludes in September as bees begin to secure their hives and prepare for winter. In the spirit of celebration, here are a few fun, crazy facts you may not have known about bees, beekeeping, and honey!

  • There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees throughout the world; 4,000 of which are native to the United States.
  • A single worker honeybee produces approximately 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. That means around 22,700 bees are needed to fill a single jar of honey!
  • In 2012, archaeologists discovered “the world’s oldest honey”! It was found in ceramic jars in Georgia, the country – not the state, and is estimated by scientists to be about 5,500 years old!
  • Quite a few of our farm vendors at the BRFM have bee hives managed by Dave Barrickman from Wildflower Ridge pollinating their farms and orchards.

Stop by Wildflower Ridge Honey at the Market this week and thank Dave for all his hard work. He and his bees not only make heavenly honey, they make a lot of the produce at our market possible!