***Since allergy season is upon us, I've decided to repost this post on Sola Bee Farms from my other blog that I decided not to post on any further.***
One of the very best things about living in California is the amazing produce which is abundant this time of year and you know who we have to thank for so much of our produce? Bees! I don't ever think that the importance of bees can ever be stressed enough. I partnered with Sola Bee Farms for an informative post and a review of their honey.
First off, I asked Claire from Sola Bee Farm to give me some important facts about bees and honey to share with you. Here is what she had to say:
California Honey Bee Facts
California’s agriculture system- the fresh foods we all eat!- are highly dependent on pollination by managed honeybees colonies like ours.
Studies show the 1 in every 3 bites of food is pollinated by a manage honeybee.
Here’s a quick list of some of the food we can thank our honeybees (and beekeepers!) for: Apples, Oranges, Broccoli, Blueberries, cherries, Onions, Cucumbers, (& pickles!) Cantaloupes,
Alfalfa (for cows!)
Managed honeybee colonies support the health and habit for native pollinators, including butterflies, bumblebees, birds and other beneficial insects.
Raw honey contains antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D and K, and helps fend of seasonal allergies! It's also a natural antiseptic, and has is a natural energy food. It's much healthier than eating processed sugar!
I think it's really important for us to understand the importance of bees in our community. It is also very important to teach kids that while they do need to be cautious of bee stings, bees are extremely beneficial to our environment and shouldn't be destroyed. Beyond pollinating plants, bees also give us honey.
Sola Bee Farms is a really cool business. The Tauzer Family has been in farming since 1861 and has evolved with the times. Sola Bee Farms is the newest endeavor started in 2011. They have their bees in different bee friend farms and ranches all over Northern California to create different varietals of honey. Sola believes in sustainability and innovation. All their honeys are raw, 100% pure, and only the excess honey is harvested from the hives because taking care of bees is their top priority. They also use "green" products in their packaging.
For my review, I decided to try the California Seasonal which is said to help lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies. First off, this is the most delicious honey I've ever tasted in my life. I am officially swearing off honey purchased at the grocery store or big box stores. There are so many subtle flavors within the sweetness including floral notes and something that almost hits a tart note on my tongue. As for allergies, I'm going to admit that I'm not excellent at eating honey every single day and I could probably get much better results if I could remember to eat it every day religiously. I did, however, notice a huge change. I could skip taking allergy medicines most days because I ate the honey, on days with high wind I added in an allergy nose spray and that worked really well for me.