Head out to Mixson Market this Saturday for a pretty sweet event — the Honey Do fundraiser, which raises money for the Bee Cause, an organization that places observational hives in schools. The event will have educational demonstrations, like honey extraction (people used to eat honey with the wax before this technique was created), mead beverage tastings, and bouquets that are bee-friendly.
Honey: We put it in our tea, on our toast, and sometimes on our faces (hey, Burt’s). But we don’t always think about where honey comes from. Those hardworking bees can be a little annoying, or a lot annoying to people with allergies — but bees are slowly dying out. The Bee Cause is a nonprofit organization that installs observational bee hives in schools in order to teach kids the importance of bees in the ecosystem and how hives work. Their first hive was installed three years ago at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School and they now have 60 hives in the Southeast, with hopes to go completely national in the next few years.
The Bee Cause will be demonstrating honey extraction at Honey Do and there will be beekeepers on hand to teach people how to be an urban beekeeper and simple ways to help pollinators. Tami Enright, the Executive Director of the Bee Cause and a beekeeper herself, has had requests from all over the world to install observational hives and have the Bee Cause go international. You can help out here. Donations of $15 at the event get you a jar of local honey — stuff that’s got all kinds of benefits like reducing allergic reactions to pollen, and working like a natural Neosporin.
Other sweet stuff includes: Heidrun Meadery’s French Méthode Champenoise, a champagne-like mead with the sparkling essence of honey; Savannah Bee Company’s pop up shop that sells their honey-based beauty products and offers educational tasting opportunities; Flowershop’s bee-friendly bouquets, focusing on yellows and greens. Other honey-flavored beverages will come from Cannonborough Beverage Co. with their Honey Basil Margaritas and ice cream from Cirsea which is made using fresh honey.
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