September isn’t just the kickoff for cooler weather and fall. It’s National Honey Month and there are many reasons to celebrate. Here are 10 facts about how National Honey Month came to be, why honey is awesome and why we need to protect our honey bees.

1. The National Honey Board declared September to be National Honey Month in 1989. Here’s to 27 years of celebrating and many more to come!

2. The reason for National Honey Month is to promote the beekeeping industry, beekeeping in the United States and, of course, honey.

3. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a widespread threat that is responsible for the loss of up to 90 percent of beekeepers’ bees. You can help stop CCD by eliminating the use of garden pesticides and supporting your local beekeepers.

4. Honey bees are among the most important pollinators of fruits and vegetables. Without them, we wouldn’t have apples, cabbage, lemons, onions or watermelon, and that’s only a handful of the foods that would disappear.

5. Bees work hard. The 70,000 or so bees that live in one hive can travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than 2 million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just one pound of honey.

6. Honey is loaded with tons of natural vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are good for your health, hair and skin. It’s a natural sweetener, it can help boost your energy and moisturize your body. The benefits of honey are endless.

7. At Sue Bee, we encourage you to celebrate National Honey Month by incorporating our honey into your favorite foods and recipes. Check out our Pinterest boards for tons of recipes that are fun and easy to make.

8. If you decide to try out any recipes of your own, be sure to check out Sue Bee baking tips, where you can find all the best ways to use honey in the kitchen effectively.

9. Even though the fall months are underway, it’s never too early to start planning your spring garden. If you are interested in planting a bee-friendly garden, here are some ideas to get you started.

10. Without honey bees, life wouldn’t be as sweet. This September, help us spread awareness and protect our bees. Share this on your social media to spread the word!