Wisconsin ranks 14th for honey production in the United States. Beekeeping has been a standard practice for Wisconsin farmers since Wisconsin was first settled by Europeans in the early 1800s. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, the development of the “Langthroth” frame in the 1850s allowed for easier honey extraction and helped usher in beekeeping as a profession in the latter half of the 1800s. Before that, beekeeping was typically done as a hobby by farmers.
In the mid-1800s, farmers began to form beekeeping organizations to share knowledge, techniques, and definitions of what makes good honey. The Wisconsin Honey Producers Association formed in 1860 “to form a strong bond and fellowship among commercial and hobby honey producers.”
With the presence of bees increasing crop production by pollinating farm fields, they’ve played an integral role in Wisconsin’s agricultural history.
This is why WisconsinMade Artisan Collective partners with honey producer Honey Acres to sell quality, artisan honey. Springtime is the perfect time to celebrate this partnership, when the bees are busy as ever pollinating farm fields. In celebration, Honey Acres shared the following recipe for a springtime meal. With spinach and honey as in-season crops, it’s the perfect way to celebrate spring.
Spinach Salad with Honey Dressing
Ingredients for Salad
Bay View Packing Pickled Eggs (any flavor)
Nueske’s Bacon (chopped into bits and fried)
Ingredients for Dressing
6 Tbsp organic Century Sun Oil
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp Extra Virgin Honey
3 Tbsp Martha’s Hot Mustard
3/4 tsp minced garlic
3/4 tsp sesame seeds
For dressing: In a bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients until combined. Put in a dressing jar for serving.
For salad: Wash, dry and tear spinach into bite-size pieces. Add to salad bowl. Chop hard boiled eggs into bite-size pieces and add to spinach. Drain mandarin oranges and add to salad bowl. Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces. Cook in a frying pan and cool on paper towels. Once cool, add to salad bowl. Toss salad ingredients.
To serve, distribute salad into smaller bowls and add honey dressing as desired.