Monday, February 1, 2016

What are adults and kids saying about bees and honey? Survey results

Last fall we gathered feedback from adults and children, asking questions about bees and honey. Here's a summary of what they had to say:

Why do you like local honey?

Adults answered this question; their top responses were around these major themes:

Supports our local 'community' - beekeepers, farmers, MN businesses, producers, economy and bees. A few specific quotes included, 'supports the little guy close to home!' 'must support locals', and 'farmer at heart; a locovore.' (We particularly enjoyed the comment, 'The staff is great!')

Better for the environment - comments included, 'short-transported businesses and products,' 'no preservatives,' 'non-chemical infused.'

Characteristics - flavor, tastes fresher, better, all natural, the real thing, unique, natural sweetener.

Health - boosts my immune system, allergy prevention, local pollen for allergy, healthier for you.

Taste - yummy, tasty, tastes great, tastes best, so good, makes me feel at home.

What's your favorite way to use honey?

The adults answered with:

Beverages - Tea beat out coffee 4:1. Smoothies were also mentioned.

Breads - all kinds - toast, bagels, english muffins, biscuits, puffed rice cakes, sandwiches. Popular pairings mentioned were butter, peanut butter, almond butter, cinnamon and jelly.

Toppings or sweeteners - on yogurt (with blueberries), ice cream, oatmeal, chicken, chili, dipping apples, spreads. Also, sauteing apples and onions for a side dish. Cooking and baking in general were mentioned.

Body care - a couple people mentioned this category with answers like hair products and body care. One respondent replied, 'timeless enjoyment in all foods and medically.'

Spoon - 'straight up' or 'right from the spoon.'

Kids gave insightful and interesting answers to the following two questions:

Why are bees important?

Flowers - 'they help flowers, 'they pollinate.'

Honey - 'Bees make honey for people to enjoy.'

Food - 'Pollinate plants which gives us all kinds of food; without them we'd have barely any food,' and 'Vital to our supply of fresh produce.' Other great comments included, 'make all our food possible,' 'they drink nectar for humans,' 'they produce most of our sweet flavors and they're adorable, though they sting!'

People - 'because my mom can't live without honey,' 'they are part of our chain.'

What's your favorite way to eat honey?

Honey sticks - top answer.

Breads - popovers, toast, with peanut butter.

Other ways - 'in a spoon,' 'cheese/feta,' 'raw,' 'with my fingers,' 'in coffee,' 'I don't know,' and 'haven't tried it yet.'

How would you and your kids answer these questions? We'd love to know.