12 things to know about local honey in Birmingham, including what to do about a swarm

A local honey producer checking a hive.
Checking on the bees. Photo by Brian Booth, Jefferson County Beekeepers’ Association

When I think of local honey, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling. There’s something about knowing that people near here, some who I know, have been tending to bees and producing honey to make our lives a little sweeter. Once I started digging a little deeper into the world of local honey, it got more and more interesting. Here is some of what I learned.

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Local Honey Holiday Challah for the New Year

Shana Tova!

This past week, Jews celebrated the start of the year 5778 as well as the start of the month of Tishrei, or head of the year. The month of Tishrei is a time we usually refer to as the High Holidays, which includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret. Many of the traditions, customs, and rituals are fairly well known, like dipping apples in honey and fasting on Yom Kippur. Others, like dancing with the Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah, usually aren’t referenced in sitcom jokes. Continue reading “Local Honey Holiday Challah for the New Year”