Honey from my family’s orchard is very fruit forward and won the title “Best Tasting Honey in the World” in 2016. As the resident beekeeper, I couldn’t “bee” more excited! A wide variety of flowering plants within a three-mile radius of the orchard gives the honeybees a lot of different nectar to work with. Of course there are apple blossoms, but there also are strawberries, raspberries, clover, cherries, plums, peaches and wild flowers.
GETTING INTO BEES
I started learning about bees in Paraguay with the Peace Corps. When I returned home, I spent time learning the art of beekeeping from my grandpa Paul Curtis. I continue to learn more and more about these fascinating creatures today by working with Master Beekeeper, Maggie Wachter.
(Photography by Mike Tedesco, Illinois Partners Magazine.)