Franklin County Visitors Bureau Recommends Local Honey During National Honey Month

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With over 200 beekeepers and many local, family-owned businesses selling the raw honey, Franklin County is a great place to get delicious honey.

The Bee Hive in Chambersburg has hives filled with bees making delicious, raw honey for sale.

Franklin County boasts more than 250 beekeepers and is home to the Franklin County Beekeepers Association, made up of members all over the county with their own hives.

September is National Honey Month and in Franklin County, there is no shortage of delicious, raw honey to choose from. Franklin County boasts more than 250 beekeepers and is home to the Franklin County Beekeepers Association, made up of members all over the county with their own hives.

Beekeeping is old, dating back to more than 8,000 years and the use of honey is older, used originally for the wealthy due to its rarity. It was used as not only a food but a healing agent, a beautifier and even as a religious artifact. Some claim it can help in weight loss, sleep and that it can slow aging.

The Bee Hive, located at 3696 Falling Spring Road in Chambersburg, sells honey and honey products from a small shop set up by their home.

“We started keeping bees in the early 80’s,” said Mary Anne Knepper, who runs the store with her husband.

They sell raw honey and Golden Pride and Barlean’s products among other items in their store.

MaryAnne said that honey and the products are good for you due to do the natural antibiotics within the honey. Bees produce something called “propolis” which is a natural glue substance for them and in humans, she said, and has been shown to help heal burns and cuts.

Also found in bee pollen has been EDTA, which helps in chelation therapy that helps to treat those with lead poisoning, she said.

“I’ve always said that a beehive is more sterile than a hospital,” she said, laughing.

The Bee Hive can be contacted by calling 717-264-5943.

Dave Shover, who runs Dave’s Natural Nectar out of his Mercersburg home at 4668 Charlestown Road, has several bee yards across Franklin County with bees producing honey.

“We have different types of honeys, beeswax, hand creams and other items,” Shover said.

Shover, who has been keeping his own bees for about six years, works full-time with bees, as his primary job is helping larger companies in Maryland keep bees and help with the pollination of orchards to bring the production up.

“I go out to a lot of fall fests and things like that and Bobbie’s Gifts in Mercersburg sells our honey products,” Shover said. People interested in his items can also contact him at 717-498-0473 to order.

Grove Walnut Apiary in Chambersburg produces some honey from their hives but the local business is busy preparing for next year and a new hive.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore Franklin County PA and enjoy the trails of history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Discover more... plan a visit soon at ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com or by contacting 866-646-8060.

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