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Bee’s Knees: Red Bay merchants’ honey wins state recognition

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Angie and Ted LeMay recently won a second place ribbon at the State honey contest held by the Alabama Beekeepers Association for 2015. Their honey won the second place ribbon for its excellent flavor.

The LeMays’ honey is available at their store, Consider the Lilies, on Main Street in Red Bay. (News photo/Keith Ledbetter)

The LeMays’ honey is available at their store, Consider the Lilies, on Main Street in Red Bay. (News photo/Keith Ledbetter)

When asked how their honey is different from others, or what makes it so flavorful, the Ted answered: “I think the main thing [that makes it different] is that we aren’t around a lot of farm land. Our honey is made from mostly wildflowers. It’s just natural wildflower honey.”

“We’ve been keeping bees for about six years now,” said Ted LeMay. “This is our second award and we will compete again in September of this year.”

The larger part of the LeMay’s business is selling bees: they have almost 100 hives and want a great many more. They also sell bees and hives as well as honey.

According to backyardbeekeepers.com, honeybees are responsible for the majority of all fruit, vegetable and seed crops in the U.S. but with the growth of cities, there are less foraging opportunities available to bees. However, areas like Franklin County contain a large assortment of nectar and pollen for honeybees, thanks to commercial and residential gardens.

“We think that maybe eventually we will get into making some hive products like soap and lip balms and things like that,” said LeMay.

Anyone who is interested in starting a beekeeping hobby can contact Ted or Angie at 256-810-4495.

“We will help anybody who wants to learn,” said Ted.

For more information about beekeeping you can go to www.alabamabeekeepers.com.

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