The American Honey Queen is visiting two San Luis Obispo County Farmers’ Markets to teach market-goers all about honey and bees.

Reigning Honey Queen Kim Kester represents the American Beekeeping Federation and its more than 200,000 beekeepers. She travels the nation promoting and educating people on all things bees. Kester is currently earning her master’s degree at Iowa State University in agricultural education. She’ll be on hand for cooking demonstrations, will pass out special materials to kids, and will show live active bees in a hive at the following markets:

Saturday SLO and AG 111Morro Bay

Thursday, April 28

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.; (Market runs 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Spencer’s Fresh Markets Parking Lot, 2650 Main Street

San Luis Obispo

Saturday, April 30

9 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.; (Market runs 8 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)

World Market, Embassy Suites Parking Lot, 325 Madonna Road

Bee beardBees are important to Central Coast agriculture, and experts say many of our food crops would disappear without bees to pollinate them. California also has the standing record for honey production: In 1976 a beekeeper in Santa Cruz extracted 404 pounds from a single hive, setting a Guinness World Record.

The SLO County Farmers’ Market Association operates five weekly markets in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande. For more information, visit SLOCountyFarmers.org.