Governor designates September as Honey Month
RICHMOND—As fresh fruit and vegetable production winds down, Virginia’s honey harvest ramps up in September, making it a good time to find local honey at farmers’ markets, festivals and other celebrations.
To acknowledge the work of those harvesting honey and the value of honey to the commonwealth, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed September to be Honey Month. Information on more than 100 Virginia honey sources can be found on the Virginia Grown website: http://bit.ly/2cq3bBw.
Pollination provided by honeybees is an integral part of the agriculture industry, and honey production is a byproduct of pollination. Honeybee pollination contributes more than $16 billion to the value of U.S. crop production each year.
Virginia crops such as apples, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash
and blueberries are dependent on pollinators like honeybees to fully develop their fruits. Other crops like soybeans, sunflowers
and peanuts benefit from pollination by insect pollinators.
The National Honey Board website is abuzz with recipes that include honey at honey.com/recipes. Keith Tignor, state
apiarist at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, also recommended the following ways to observe Honey Month: