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Got Honey?

Got Honey?

Published: August 07, 2018

The Library has had a great time introducing simple foods to kids with an in-depth exploration of how they’re created and why they matter. First, we looked at plants themselves, and then we tackled corn and milk. Now, we’re considering the incredibly sweet substance that bees produce – and discovering what it means to bees themselves, aside from the uses humans have given it.

To place honey in context, we’ll talk to children about pollinators in general and bees in particular as we tour the Library’s community garden. There, we’ll look at flowers that attract bees and how it’s important to cultivate an environment that provides them the nectar and the plant diversity they need.

Once we’ve learned about the background needs to make honey, we’ll sample different varieties of local honey and talk about how the plants that bees frequent can influence the taste of the honey they produce. Clover, orange blossom, sourwood, and other substances impart a distinctive flavor to honeys, and we’ll discuss those differences.

If you’d like for your child to participate in this educational, hands-on STEAM workshop, we’ll gather at 5:30 pm on Monday, August 13 at the Main Library in Newton. The session will be presented in English as well as Spanish. It’s presented in partnership with the Catawba County Farm Bureau.