September is National Honey Month and I'm celebrating the final days with the most gorgeously gooey jar of raw honey from Chicopee Gardens in Nashville, TN. This indie brand is the brainchild of husband and wife duo Tyler and Kelly Hardee who began learning about bees out of curiosity, and turned the hobby into a "sweet" source of supplemental income for their growing family of four.
"The bees are the real artisans," says Tyler, head beekeeper of Chicopee Gardens, "I simply play a supporting role..." and devoted artisans they are, indeed! To create one pound of honey, worker bees must fly over 50,000 miles and tap two million flowers, according to a precise calculation from The Canadian Honey Council.
Buy a jar of Chicopee Gardens raw honey and enjoy the precious nectar of the bees, plus the sweet and oh-so-satisfying feeling of supporting a small business with sustainable farm practices.
The founders of Chicopee Gardens Honey plan to educate the local community about honeybees and their major impact as pollinators via workshops and adoptive hive programs in 2016. If you live in the Nashville area and would like more information about these events, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to stay connected and order a bottle of raw honey, $10 plus shipping.