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Heaps to buzz about first-ever state honey path

Study in regards to the honeybee, West Virginia’s state insect, and help native companies at any of the assorted stops alongside Go to Mountaineer Nation Conference and Guests Bureau’s (VMCCVB) newly organized West Virginia Honey Path.

Established final month, the West Virginia Honey Path is a community of companies and points of interest that promote honey-based merchandise or in any other case help pollinators. This consists of beekeepers, flower farms, eating places, farmers’ markets, state parks and extra.

The West Virginia Honey Path is the product of a collaboration between the Mon County Beekeepers Affiliation, West Virginia Division of Agriculture and VMCCVB. The three organizations have come collectively to advertise pollinators, increase native companies and additional state tourism.

“We’re simply at all times attempting to work along with our state and native companions to convey these champion tasks collectively that inform our vacation spot story,” mentioned VMCCVB Vacation spot Growth Coordinator Stella Hehnly.

The challenge was impressed by the town of Westover’s new designation as a Bee Metropolis, changing into a part of a nationwide effort to guard and champion pollinators. In seeing what the town’s efforts have achieved and the general public training it’s fostered, a state honey path appeared like an important subsequent step — particularly contemplating the honeybee’s standing as West Virginia’s official state insect because of its prominence within the state’s economic system.

“The honey business is a bit of our toolkit that units our vacation spot aside from others. By means of this collaboration, we get to have a good time the wonders of native honey and provides well-deserved recognition to the pollinators that maintain the business, nevertheless it additionally brings consideration to the native companies who’re defending and supporting pollinators,” mentioned VMCCVB Vacation spot Growth Coordinator Kathryn Carter.

An itinerary is obtainable on the Go to Mountaineer Nation Journey Planner App the place customers can view the assorted areas taking part within the West Virginia Honey Path and customise their plans. An internet model can be obtainable at VisitMountaineerCountry.VisitWidget.com/Excursions/West-Virginia-Honey-Path.

The West Virginia Honey Path at the moment encompasses all kinds of over 70 stops. This consists of 26 state parks, an AirBnB with honeybee apiaries on-site, numerous reward retailers promoting honey-based gadgets, flower retailers, breweries and wineries, cafes, farmers markets and, after all, a variety of beekeepers. 

Some significantly distinctive merchandise obtainable at areas alongside the honey path embrace Screech Owl Brewing’s Buckwheat Honey Porter, Sleepy Holler Homestead LLC’s honey cotton sweet, beeswax candles and skincare from Charleston Bee Works, Hestia’s Manner Acres’ creamed honey and honey sticks, The Previous Stone Home Reward Store’s number of honey flavors together with sourwood, knotweed, goldenrod, tree of heaven and sumac honey, Stone Tower Brews Morgantown’s Native Honey Latte and extra.

“There’s an enormous selection for individuals to select from. So, relying on what they’re considering, they’ll positively have the ability to discover one thing,” mentioned Carter. The honey path can be gaining new stops by the day.

Seize household and buddies to spend the approaching fall days exterior appreciating the fantastic thing about West Virginia’s state parks, exploring the colourful native companies tucked away throughout the state and having fun with the spectacular creations of honeybees alongside the West Virginia Honey Path. 

“I feel it’s actually vital, simply taking the chance to find out about bees and their position within the atmosphere and economic system whereas supporting native companies alongside the path is important for elevating consciousness in regards to the significance of bees and pollinators,” mentioned Carter. “With the honeybee as our official state insect, this path presents a novel likelihood to attach with West Virginia’s cultural id, promote some sustainable practices and actually simply strengthen the native economic system by means of tourism and group engagement.”

For extra info, go to VisitMountaineerCountry.com/west-virginia-honey-trail. Share photographs out of your stops alongside the path by tagging @VisitMountaineerCountry or #WVHoneyTrail on social media.