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Bee-yond the Honey

August 31, 2017

With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for the delicious, dynamic duo of apples and honey! My mouth begins to salivate when I think of tasting all my favorite Jewish New Year treats: apples and honey, apple-honey cake, sweetened round challah, and even more honey all on its own. My sweet tooth is one happy camper when it comes to this Jewish holiday, and I’m sure your kiddos are a big fan, too.

Before indulging in every morsel of sweetness, let’s take a look bee-yond our golden sweetener, where it all begins: the honey beehive.

Inside any healthy, productive beehive are thousands of committed worker bees moving and shaking to their own hive’s tune. Some worker bees are cruising in and out of the hive to collect and share nectar from the neighborhood’s flowers. Others are quickly processing that nectar with their bodily hormones to transform it into precious honey. And of course there is the queen bee focused on laying eggs in honeycomb cells to ensure the future of generations of the hive. This is just the tip of the iceberg!

This community of bees is strategically and cooperatively working everyday to produce honey to feed their family: the queen, the baby eggs, the fellow workers, and even the male drones. We are lucky enough that these hives are so successful and good at their job so that Jews around the world can harvest some of this golden liquid as a way to celebrate our New Year!

To put this in perspective: one worker bee will make an average of 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, which typically lasts about a month. I’ll let that sink in…

That means my large tablespoon of honey that I drizzle over my slice of apple on Rosh Hashanah exists because of a few dozen honey bees spent their whole lives making it! Not to mention, apples (and so many fruits and vegetables) also exists due to honey bees through the miraculous, mutually beneficial process of pollination.

This Rosh Hashanah, take a pause before…

  • Each drizzle of honey!
  • Every bite of apple!
  • Any taste of sweetness for the Jewish New Year!

And when you pause, thank the honey bees for devoting their lives to making the world a sweeter place.

You can even thank the bees in person at Ekar Farm this Rosh Hashanah. Join us for our annual Honey & Tzedakah Harvest on September 10th, 2017  10am-12pm. More information can be found here! Also take a look at our Rosh Hashanah reflections from last year here.

Margot Sands is the Lead Educator at Ekar Farm, Denver's Jewish community farm. She is a 2017-2018 Hazon JOFEE Fellow, alumna of the Urban Adamah Fellowship in Berkeley, CA, and a former FoodCorps Service Member in Boston, MA. Margot holds a Masters in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, a B.S. in Environmental Science from Northeastern University, and a Master Urban Gardener certification. She loves to cook, paint, pet cute dogs, and misses milking goats at the crack of dawn.

Additional posts written by Margot Sands
The Seedy Sukkah
Embracing Your Child’s Love For Animals Through Judaism
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