By AMELIA GOE
Source: Stephanie Habib/Cronkite News
Locally produced honey is flying off the shelves – so much so that many honey producers cannot meet the production demands.
“I’m not having problems selling my honey,” beekeeper Dennis Arp said. “I’m having problems with producing enough.”
Fifteen years ago, Arp’s Mountain Top Honey Co. in Flagstaff produced 126,000 pounds of honey a year. Now the farm only produces 70,000 pounds, he said.
The farm has several hundred more hives than it did 15 years ago, but with fewer foraging options for nectar, wet winter weather conditions and unhealthy hives, the bees don’t produce as much honey.