Maple syrup and honey are a sweet way to support local! Indiana Grown has many producers of these natural sugars, and we have compiled them all into a handy guide! The Natural Sugars Guide shares Indiana Grown members who sell their honey and maple syrup products directly to the public.
Download a guide of your own to find the closest producer near you. Members are listed by county and include which types of natural sugar products they offer as well as contact information so you can place your own order!
The maple syrup produced in our state is unique to Indiana and unlike what you’ll find on most grocery store shelves. There is a small window of time when the weather is right in to tap the maple trees for their sap . There must be a cycle of freezing temperatures at night with 40 degrees or higher during the day for the sap to flow through the tree. What is collected from the trees is run through a system to remove water, then boiled down and filtered before bottling. Some businesses add flavorings such as cinnamon or apple and even create other products from the sap water, such as maple sugar or maple candies!
There are many beekeepers in Indiana who raise bees, harvest their honey and produce a variety of products with that honey. Not only do the businesses work hard to produce their products, but so do the honey bees themselves! Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the amazing honey bee:
- A honey bee can fly up to 15 miles per hour.
- The average worker honey bee makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
- To make 1 pound of honey, honey bees must visit 2,000,000 flowers.
- A hive of honey bees must fly over 55,000 miles to bring in one pound of honey.
- To make one pound of honey, honey bees must gather 10 pounds of nectar.
- A honey bee visits between 50-100 flowers during one collection trip.
Learn more about the members listed in the guide, their businesses and product on the Indiana Grown website!
This guide only represents Indiana Grown member producers and is not an exhaustive list of honey and syrup producers in Indiana.
As new members join the Indiana Grown Natural Sugars Guide, we will post updates periodically.