The High Line and Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm recently hosted Honey Day, an annual family-friendly event that educates participants about the important role of the honeybee.
Through fun activities, honey tastings, and an open market featuring local beekeepers’ crafts and honey, participants discovered why the honeybee is our friend and an industrious worker.
Our food vendors also crafted honey-themed menus, from honey-infused beers to wildflower honey-roasted plum paletas.
Participants celebrated the honeybee and left bee-utifully inspired by nature’s wonder.
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm’s Asher Dov teaches curious children the many ways bees are important to our ecosystem using an observational beehive with more than 2,000 bees from their farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
A little girl samples Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm’s raw wildflower honey made from the best bees in New York City.
Left: Our food vendor, L’Arte del Gelato, created Gelato al Miele, inspired by our friends the bees and made with wildflower honey. Right: Children and adults delight in the many Honey Day offerings, including lip balms, scented candles, hibiscus treats, and—of course—jars of irresistible honey.
Left: Beekeepers use different methods to raise bees and mate them. The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture cloake board is one method allowing the queen bee to fertilize her eggs, which become new worker bees. Right: The nutrient-rich Wild Bee Pollen by Red Bee tastes like edible flowers and honey with a hint of nuttiness.
A smiling boy tastes some delicious honey from Queens Apiary.
Left: Melt Bakery’s Honey Pie--a ginger snap cookie sandwich made with Tremblay Apiaries honey and Sixpoint Sweet Action ice cream. Right: Hand-dipped tapers by Queens Apiary. For step-by-step photos documenting how these gorgeous tapers are made, check out the Queens Apiary blog.
Children touch the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture observational hive glass separating them from the honeybees.
Left: Volunteer Coordinator Karla Osorio-Pérez plays a game with children during Wild Wednesdays. Using colored sand and photos of blooming wildflowers, the children simulate bee pollination. Right: A happy child shows off his artistic creation: a busy bee.
Visitors stop by the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm table to browse offerings ranging from mason jars of early-season honey to eco-friendly tote bags.
Left: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture’s beekeeper, Dan Carr, shares beekeeping insights from his travels in the Republic of Malawi. Right: Queens Apiary light caramel-colored honey tastes divine straight from a dipper.
Our Director of Food and Revenue, Melina Shannon-DiPietro, speaks with Sinovision TV network about the annual Honey Day event, wearing the bee-inspired butterfly weed tee from our J.Crew capsule collection.
A honeybee feeds on nectar from the rose milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) flower.
Couldn’t make it to this year’s Honey Day? Not to worry! Honey Day is an annual educational community event that continues to evolve and grow each year thanks to our sponsors and the many participants who, like we do, honor the honeybee’s contributions.
If you can’t wait a whole year to participate in the next Honey Day, you can satisfy your honey cravings at the upcoming New York City Honey Festival on September 7. Our friends at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm are co-hosting the event.
Special thanks to:
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Queens County Farm Museum
Mike’s Hot Honey
The Sense Society