Honey Bees and the Farmers Market in Fernandina


honey-fernandina-market-place-may-2014The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open May 10, 2014, on N. 7th Street in the historic, downtown location of Amelia Island.

Vendors line the streets with booths full of seasonable produce, fresh baked pastries and breads, jars of jams, jellies, pickles and honey, all natural Angus beef, fresh goat and cow cheese, and so much more.

One of our popular vendors is Cross Creek Honey. Have you ever wondered how honey is produced? First a scout bee flies out of the hive and looks for the sweetest nectar he can find. When he finds some, he lets the other bees know. Flowers provide the best nectar, and each trip out of the hive the bees fill up on the nectar and bring it back to the hive. The nectar is passed off to the worker bees who put the nectar in the cells of the honeycomb. The honeycomb is made of beeswax and shaped into hexagons to make the comb. The bees cap off the full cell with wax and their job is done. The honey is pure, and natural, and ready to eat right out of the comb.

When the bees have capped off their honeycombs, beekeepers harvest the hives by removing the wax caps to reveal the honey. The honeycombs are spun to extract all of the honey and then it is ready to bottle.

Different flavors of honey are produced because the nectar found on the flowers’ in a given region are different, and that is how Cross Creek Honey is able to bring a variety of honey flavors to the farmers’ market. We invite you to stop by their booth to learn more.

The Market Place is open on Saturdays, rain or shine, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to come along.

For more information, please call (904) 557-8229.