To mark National Honey Bee Day, two local farmers markets will host special events on Saturday to celebrate the importance of the bee.
I'm sure there might be other markets out there that might have honey-related fun planned. If so, please share the details in the comments.
Here's what I know about:
The Pleasant Bee will host a Honey Bee Day at Midtown Farmers Market at Raleigh's North Hills from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday. This session will include information on the important role honey bees play in our food supply and the beautification of our landscapes. Beekeepers on staff with live bees will answer questions. “Bee Girl” will be buzzing around passing out stickers and running a coloring contest for kids, according to the market. Five lucky winners from the coloring contest will be contacted after the market and receive a mini honey bear.
The morning also includes live music, yoga and other activities.
And the State Farmers Market at exit 297 off Interstate 40 in Raleigh will host its first Honey Bee Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The day includes presentations on bees, beekeeping, pollination and honey.
“Bees may be small in size, but their impact on agriculture is enormous,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler in a press release. “Many of North Carolina’s crops rely heavily on the state’s nearly 25,000 honey bee colonies.”
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ apiary staff will be there with its bee cage, a popular demonstration that allows a beekeeper to interact with bees, the release said. Bailey Bee Supply of Raleigh will provide an observation hive so visitors can look inside a working hive.
The day also includes presentations and honey samples.