Honey lovers buzzing about Beekeepers' Buzzaar on Saturday in Frederiksted
Published: September 20, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Honey Month is being celebrated across the country during the month of September, and on Saturday, the V.I. Agriculture Department and its partners will be hosting the third annual Beekeepers' Buzzaar to showcase all things relating to bees and their honey products.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Sunshine Mall parking lot in Frederiksted.
Agriculture Commissioner Louis Petersen Jr. said the purpose of the Buzzaar is to promote awareness of the beekeeping sector of the agricultural industry, including the numerous products generated, its importance to the local food supply, and its connection to the general well-being of the community.
"Everything is falling into place, we have a group of very enthusiastic beekeepers, and everyone is looking forward to it," he said. Petersen said last year the farmers realized how popular some of the items were with the customers on island because they ran out of some items early in the event, but this year, he anticipates that they are better prepared and coming stocked to supply more.
"People really come out for the natural honey and then there are those who ask for the honey with the honey comb and they are going to have that," he said. "They also have the honey bee pollen that is very popular, as it is a natural energy booster and contains all of the amino acids that are required by the body."
The yearly Beekeepers' Buzzaar also provides an outlet for producers, processors and consumers to interact with beekeepers, who will have a wide variety of honey based salad dressings, mead or honey wine, honey vinegar, lotions, lip balms, candies, candles, bees wax, bee pollen and soaps. In addition, the event will feature educational presentations on safety, a question and answer station for children and prizes.
"This event has really helped to expose the farmers to the needs of the community and made the community aware of what the farmers can produce," Petersen said.
He said there will not be a Beekeepers Buzzaar on St. Thomas this year, but those farmers are hoping to get products together for an event next fall.
Local farmer June Archibald said a smaller event featuring bees, their products and bee demonstrations will take place at Yacht Haven Grande's Farmer's Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
For additional information regarding the Buzzaar, contact the Agriculture Department at 778-0997 or 778-0998. Archibald can be contacted at email@example.com for more information about the St. Thomas farmer's market.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.