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September: National Honey Month

For most people, September is a month devoted to scarves, warmer clothing, football and pumpkin spiced-everything. We think of the same things (except that here in Georgia you won't really hit sweater weather until the beginning of October). But for beekeepers like us September is more. It's National Honey Month! What? You haven't heard of National Honey Month? Well grab a pencil and some paper, school's in session.  In 1989, the National Honey Board declared the month of September as National Honey Month as a way to promote the beekeeping industry, beekeeping in the United States and, of course, honey! We all know that honey is one of the most versatile foods known to mankind but unfortunately not everyone is as well...

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How Long Does Honey Last?

Here at Classic City Bee Company we get asked a lot of questions about bees and honey. People are inherently curious and even the most disinterested person will perk up when we recite one of the many mind-blowing facts about the honeybee or one of its amazing products. The more we learn about bees and honey, the more fascinating these topics become. And perhaps one of the most frequent questions we receive is some variation of "How long does honey last?" So I'd like to answer this question for anyone who is interested. How long does honey last? Forever. That's it. End of answer. I could stop writing right now and this question would be completely answered. However, that's not my style. Modern...

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What is Local Honey?

"Local honey" is all the rage right now. As well it should be. As farmer's markets and co-ops are becoming more and more popular the demand for pure, raw, natural honey is increasing. As citizens become more food conscious, the farm to table mentality is driving more consumers to question where their food comes from and how it got to their kitchen. Local honey, which has a particular reputation for providing health benefits is highly sought after. In fact, the most common questions we receive are "Where does your honey come from?" and "Is your honey local?" Our approach is to be honest about where our honey is harvested from and we let people decide for themselves if that meets their definition of local....

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Classic City Select Honey

What is Classic City Select Honey? While reviewing the trio of honeys that launched Classic City Bee Company a couple weeks ago you might notice that we offer two different varieties of wildflower honey, Classic City Select and Southern Wildflower. Two different honeys, two different colors, two different textures, and two different flavors. Both wildflower honey. Both of these honeys are local to the Northeast Georgia area. Our Southern Wildflower Honey is gathered from wildflowers from all across this area of the state. Classic City Select however is an ultra-local honey gathered from hives located only in the Athens, Georgia area. Both have the amazing properties that accompany any pure and raw honey but Classic City Select offers a special treat to our customers...

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Bees in the Summer

It's hot outside! No. for real, it is HOT outside. Here in Athens, Georgia we are hitting the mid nineties every single day. And its not just the heat. The humidity is becoming oppressive. Lately I have foregone ht protective comfort of a bee suit while tending to our hives. It means I end up with a few more stings but beekeepers are used to stings. A few here and there are better, in my opinion, than being trapped in a thick bee suit while the temperature outside is pushing a hundred degrees. I'll take the stings so you can get your precious honey. Don't say I never did anything for you.  I want to say that summer is upon us but in reality,...

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