“Veiled in this fragile filigree of wax is the essence of sunshine, golden and limpid, tasting of grassy meadows, mountain wildflowers, lavishly blooming orange trees, or scrubby desert weeds. Honey, even more than wine, is a reflection of place. If the process of grape to glass is alchemy, then the trail from blossom to bottle is one of reflection. The nectar collected by the bee is the spirit and sap of the plant, its sweetest juice. Honey is the flower transmuted, its scent and beauty transformed into aroma and taste.” ― Stephanie Rosenbaum, Honey: From Flower to Table 

This Saturday, August 15, is National Honeybee Day. Honeybees and their pollination of flowers and crops are responsible for one-third of the food we eat. This holiday, celebrated every year on the third Saturday in August, honors these indispensable insects. With bee populations on the decline in recent years, concerted efforts have been made to prioritize honey bee conservation. This week we share some of those organizations and resources, as well as a few of our favorite recipes that feature honey.   

The Gold Rush 

The Honeybee Conservancy 

Burnt Honey Sweet Potato Dressing  

“10 Ways to Save the Bees”  

Savory Honey Muffins 

“How Do Bees Make Honey?” 

Ashley Christensen’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Hot Honey  

“Conservation Work for Honey Bees,” from the USDA 

Sherry-Honey Vinaigrette  

The World Bee Project 

Phoebe Lawless’ Sticky Honey Peanut Cake  

“Our Ancient Ancestors Probably Loved Honey Too” 

Homemade Honey Icecream  

“Beekeeping 101: Should You Raise Honey Bees? The Pros and Cons of Keeping Bees  

In Alabama: Alabama Bee & Honey Producers 

Luna Rae Palm Top

@Alabama Chanin 
Explore the Collection—hand-crafted luxury and sustainable design.  

@The School of Making 
Find fabrics for our #YearOfColor and your home studio. We’ve recently added Organic Medium-weight Cotton Jersey in Lilac, Limited-Edition Printed Cotton Jersey in Abstract Peacock, and a selection of Organic Lightweight Cotton Jersey colors. 

Lead image: Honey from The Short Stack Cookbook: Ingredients That Speak Volumes, 2016 by Nick Fauchald, Kaitlyn Goalen, and the contributors of Short Stack Editions (pages 158–159).

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