Page 13: Sweet South Mississippi honey

Page 13: A look at locally made honey
McCaffrey took us on a tour of his bee yard in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)
McCaffrey took us on a tour of his bee yard in Gulfport. (Photo source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There's nothing like pure, local honey. There are tremendous health benefits from honey made in our own backyard.

Pat McCaffrey opens a 50-gallon drum to show us something special.

"In here, honey we extracted from the hives. It's been extracted and we put it in the dispenser and bottle it," said McCaffrey.

McCaffrey took us on a tour of his bee yard in Gulfport. He became a beekeeper about five years ago and started a company called Stinger Juice.

All natural, local honey is produced right here in South Mississippi. A series of hives are filled with trays allowing the bees to do their work.

"They seal the tray with honey. We'll then extract it and put it back in the hive and let the bees do it again," McCaffrey said.

Stinger Juice is available at several health food stores on the Coast.

Much has been written about bees lately. Disturbing reports indicate bees are threatened, primarily by pesticides. Bees are critical components in pollinating the world's food supply.

"Seven out of 10 of the foods we eat are pollinated by honey bees. There have been articles that say if we lost all the bees, within 10 years, mankind would be dead because of a lack of food," according to McCaffrey.

McCaffrey encourages people to discover beekeeping and promote the health benefits of local honey, but he always has a warning for people.

"It's not a game for the weak of heart. If you are afraid of bugs, stay away from bee hives. This is a hobby where you will be stung," said McCaffrey.

Bees are amazing creatures and small, hometown operations like Stinger Juice are producing pure, natural honey.

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