The United States has a relatively short history with honey. Honeybees were not to native to the country. The first hives were brought by ship to Virginia in 1622. The bees flourished and did remarkably well, spreading throughout the colonies and then, probably helped by the invention of the movable frame bee hive, to the west coast and beyond. Now, some of the finest honey in the world comes from the U. S.. The United States loves honey, it is the second largest consumer of honey after Germany.
National Honey Report – Produced monthly by the USDA – PDF
Honey prices, colony, honey plant and market conditions by state, US honey exports and imports
Honey Festivals: See crafts, entertainment and good food, along with honey, and bee displays and demos.
- West Virgina Honey Festival, Parkersburg, West Virgina, end of September
- Lithopolis Honeyfest, Lithopolis Ohio, mid September
- Minco Honey Festival, Minco, Oklahoma, early December
- Tupelo Honey Festival, Wewahitchka, Florida, third Saturday of May
- Palisade Honeybee Fest, Palisade, Colorado, mid April
Often a good source of information about local honey producers, festivals and events.
National and state level beekeeping associations
Developing A Standard of Identity For Honey In Your State:
Standard of Identity for Honey
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