Franklin Honey Company, INC
About Franklin Honey Company:
- Owned and operated by Roger and his daughter, Lauren
- Grew from 2 hives to about 50 hives currently (located in Franklin, other area farms, and at cranberry bogs in Carver)
- Committed to raising bee colonies without harsh chemicals
- Provide raw honey and wax products that are pure and unaltered, as well as handmade wooden hives and equipment
- Members of Norfolk County Beekeepers Association, Worcester County Beekeepers Association, Massachusetts Beekeepers Association and regularly attend seminars through the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS)
"Our goal is to inform, educate, and entertain while sharing our experiences."
Why are Honey Bees so Important?
- Pollinators are a critical part of agriculture in the United States
- More than 1/3 of crop production in the United States require insect pollination; approximately 90 crops, including berries, flowering vegetables, and nuts
- Managed honey bee colonies are our primary pollinators
- The only insect that produces food for humans
- Provide us with honey and many amazing honey products
Check out Franklin Honey Company's website for more honeybee facts!
How Can You Help Protect Honey Bees?
Honey bee hives have decreased in the United States from about 6 million in the 1940s to around 2.5 million
- Plant bee friendly flowers and flowering herbs for all seasons and in a variety of shapes and colors
- Set up a hive
- Limit or avoid the use of pesticides in your garden
- Be careful when using pesticides in your garden and read and follow all label instructions (Pesticides known to be harmful to bees have special labels on them)
- Support your local beekeepers
- Learn about organizations that support honey bees and continued research for honey bee health, such as Pollinator Partnership and Honey Bee Health Coalition
Benefits of Honey:
Not only is honey delicious, it has also been shown to provide a long list of benefits!
All natural sweetener
Comes in a variety of colors and flavors based on region and floral source
Contains many nutrients and bioactive plant compounds (amino acids, vitamins, and minerals)
High quality honey contains important antioxidants
Quick source of natural energy
Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties: promotes wound and burn healing
Can help suppress coughs
Ways to Enjoy Honey:
Honey has been used for thousands of years!
- Over 300 varieties of honey in the United States with many different flavors
- Add to drinks: water, teas, coffee, and smoothies
- Use as a sugar substitute in desserts and baked goods (~ half the required amount of sugar), which can keep food fresher and moister longer
- Use in dressings, glazes, jams, and spreads
- Add to soups, salads, sides and main dishes
Check out the National Honey Board website for tons of great recipes!
Franklin Honey Company, Inc.
Where to find Franklin Honey Company Products:
- Franklin Farmers' Market (Fridays)
- Foxboro Farmers' Market (Thursdays)
- Fairmount Fruit Farm (Lincoln Street, Franklin)
- White Barn Farm (South Street, Wrentham)
- Franklin Honey Company (Green Street, Franklin)
Want to know more???
You can look forward to weekly flyers all summer!
I'll be providing information on the Agricultural Commission, the local farms, all their wonderful products, the farmers' market, CSAs, and health and nutrition information.
A Little About Me:
This newsletter is part of my summer practicum project to complete my Master's in Public Health Nutrition from UMass Amherst. I am community member and a volunteer with the Franklin Agricultural Commission. I am passionate about eating fresh and local foods and I am excited to share information about our local farms and Agricultural Commission with you all summer.
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