September is National Honey Month, and the National Honey Board is teaming up with some of the top bakeries in the country to promote the value of honey and the importance of honey bees throughout the month.

Each participating bakery will feature specially-made honey products over the course of the month to showcase the all-natural sweetener's versatility. Additionally, each bakery will have a “sticky station,” giving customers the ability to top bakery foods and beverages with three varietals of honey, each with a unique flavor and color.

The three varietals of honey are tupelo, buckwheat, and northwestern meadowfoam. Tupelo is referred to as “the champagne of honeys” for its light, delicate flavor with hints of vanilla and citrus, buckwheat is a dark amber honey with an earthy flavor profile, and northwestern meadowfoam is one of the best tasting honeys in the world, with flavor notes of a toasted marshmallow.

“The National Honey Board is proud to partner with these bakeries for National Honey Month in September. We’ve worked with them in the past and know firsthand how they can create exceptional bakery foods using honey either as a flavor, sweetener or as part of a glaze,” says Catherine Barry, the National Honey Board’s director of marketing. “This National Honey Month, we can’t wait to see the made with honey products they create to celebrate this all-natural sweetener and honey bees.”

This year’s participating bakeries include:

  • Born & Bread Bakehouse, Lakeland, Florida
  • Gracious Bakery, New Orleans
  • Floriole Café and Bakery, Chicago
  • Back in the Day Bakery, Savannah, Georgia
  • Baker Miller, Chicago
  • Companion Bakery, St. Louis
  • Good Cakes & Bakes, Detroit
  • La Baguette Magique, West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Little Tart Bakeshop, Atlanta
  • Essen Bakery, Philadelphia
  • Nathaniel Reid Bakery, St. Louis

The bakeries will also distribute educational materials promoting the importance of honey bee health and detailing the role honey bees play in the pollination of some of our favorite nuts, fruits, and vegetables.