September declared ‘Honey Month’ in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared September as Honey Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Virginia’ honey harvest ramps up during September, making it a good time to find local honey at farmer’s markets, festivals and other events.

“Every Virginian should celebrate Honey Month by not only enjoying the variety of delicious honey flavors, its medicinal properties and versatility, but they should also take actions to help sustain Virginia’s honey bee population,” said Keith Tignor, State Apiarist at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Pollination provided by honey bees is an integral part of the agricultural industry, and honey production is a byproduct of that pollination.

Virginia crops like apples, pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, and blueberries depend on honey bees to help develop their fruits.

World Honey Bee day is celebrated on August 20.