In 2009, I started my first beehive with a dear friend, Barry Rice. At the time, beekeeping was illegal in New York and novel enough that the New York Times did a story about our hive. (That’s me in the lead photo — my 15 minutes.) It was all going swimmingly. I was gifting honey left and right (and becoming very popular in the process). Then disaster struck. For whatever reason, our hive was attacked by raiders — robber bees. Bees died and any remaining survivors fled. We were left with empty boxes.
We had a good run, but Barry needed to do some work on the roof. So we let the hive remain dormant for year. But we’re now back in the game. We ordered a new package of bees from Georgia and hived them on Saturday. I hadn’t realized how much I missed being out in nature and doing something. Beekeeping is an important way to help our dwindling honeybee population, so I’m crossing my fingers that it goes better this time around. I’m already dreaming of early summer honey, so I decided to round up some of my favorite honey-inspired goods. I hope you enjoy them. — Amy Azzarito
Image above: 1. Milk & Honey Soap, $9; 2. Sili Honey Jar and Dripper, $19.99; 3. Bumblebee Necklace, $230; 4. Honeycomb Stick, $14; 5. Bee and Beehive Cookie Cutter Set, $4.75; 6. Honey Jar + Stick, $38; 7. Acrylic Honey Jar, $12.16
Image above: 1. Bea Bee Bracelet, $33.13; 2. Bit-o-Honey Candy (5 lbs), $21.73; 3. Stone Ground Buttermilk & Honey Pancake Mix, $6.88; 4. Honey/Syrup Dispenser, $12.75; 5. Honey Pot with Stir Stick, $6.75; 6. Light Blue and Speckled Brown Honey Pot, $35; 7. Black Stoneware Honey Pot, $25; 8. Honey Jar Double Bubble White Body, $40