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
United States Honey
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- Indiana State Fair – A Palette of Honey September 16, 2012 Delicious local honey is usually found during a pleasant drive in the country to visit a local market or roadside stand. But honey found this way offers little diversity of flavor as it comes from within a limited area. I wondered if I could get a wider selection at a state fair. I decided to ...
- Honey Competiton at the Morton Arboretum September 13, 2012 Honey Competition in the Sequoia Room at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, USA on October 7, 2010. Judged by Maggie Wachter of Senior Honey (on the right). Thirteen entries. The first batch judged was the light, then amber and dark honeys. Initial observations were written on cards for each entry. Once all criteria was measured, ...
- Harvesting Honey at the Fitzpatrick Farm – North Central Illinois November 19, 2011 Late in October, we were looking for a likely beekeeper to visit within an hour or two drive of home. Hopefully we would have a nice drive, visit the countryside and buy some fresh honey. I’d called Dan Fitzpatrick a few weeks earlier but wasn’t able to arrange anything at that time. This time Dan ...
- Senators Urge FDA to Adopt Honey Identity Standard August 10, 2011 As the latest champions in the ongoing action that began in 2006, U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and John Hoeven called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a national standard of identity for honey. New York Senators Call for National Honey Identity Standard The American Beekeeping Federation, along with the American Honey Producers, National ...
- Local Wisconsin Farm Store Has a Honey Focus July 8, 2011 River Valley Kitchens Farm Store – Wisconsin
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- Searching for Honey in Manhattan October 4, 2010 Searching for the elusive Manhattan honey leads to the Union Square Market and the Fairway Market and a satisfying discovery of much honey.