Virginia Honey Month

9/1/2014

WHEREAS, honey is made from flower nectar, which is collected by bees, naturally broken down into simple sugars, and stored in honeycombs; and

WHEREAS, approximately 60,000 bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit as many as two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make a pound of honey; and

WHEREAS, popular varieties of honey in Virginia come from clover, sourwood, locust, thistle, holly, tulip poplar, and other plant sources; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 300 varieties of honey in the United States, as the color and flavor of honey depends on the nectar source; and

WHEREAS, much of the honey in Virginia and throughout the country is harvested during September; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Honey Month is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of those harvesting honey and the value of honey to Virginians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 2014 as VIRGINIA HONEY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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