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🎶 Honey bunch, you know that I love you
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What’s your favorite summer drink or meal to add honey to?|Photo by INDYtoday team
From tea to toast to packaged snacks and beyond, honey is having its moment in the spotlight lately. But if you didn’t know, consuming locally-produced honey in particular may have special health benefits, including a reduction in seasonal allergies.

If that sounds good to you, here are a few local apiaries that really put the honey in “the land of milk and honey.”

Garfield Honey Co.
Founded in 2017, Garfield Honey has seven apiaries and 100+ colonies under its management around Indy. In addition to selling high-quality local honey, it also offers novice beekeeping classes, and even sells its own bees which are bred for docility, disease resistance, and honey production.

Eisele’s Raw Honey
As a “Westfield tradition since 1981,” Eisele’s sells both raw and pure honey, which has been gently heated to make it translucent like your typical store-bought honey and easy to pour. The family-owned business maintains more than 2,000 registered hives.

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Fun fact: To make one pound of honey, workers in a hive have to fly a cumulative 55,000 miles and tap two million flowers.

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Photo via @indiana_grown

Hardwood Honey
Hardwood Honey owner Ross Harding has grown his hive count by saving beehives from extermination at numerous locations. The business creates and sells a variety of experimental craft products, such as honey-infused canned beverages, buckwheat honey, and uniquely-shaped candles.

Eagle Creek Apiary
If you like flavored honey, you’ll love Eagle Creek Apiary’s rose, lavender, chamomile, and hot honey infusions. It’s also one of the only local apiaries that sells bee pollen for consumption.

Haughville Honey
This small family-owned farm on the near west side cultivates honey to honor the Slovenian beekeeping tradition. It also sells a few delicious flavors of lip balm.

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Events
 
Monday, June 17
  • All Things True Crime Book Discussion | Monday, June 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St., Indianapolis | Free | Discuss all things true crime — this month’s book is “Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York” by Elon Green.
Tuesday, June 18
Wednesday, June 19
  • Juneteenth Jubilee | Wednesday, June 19 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | Free | See the new exhibition “Truth of Freedom: African Diaspora to Afrofuturism,” plus enjoy dancing, art-making activities, and live music.
  • Branden + James - Up Close and Musical | Wednesday, June 19 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael, 1 Carmichael Square, Carmel | $40-$50 | This duo from “America’s Got Talent” presents a night of epic music making and fun stories.
Thursday, June 20
  • Animals And All That Jazz | Thursday, June 20-Thursday, Aug. 1 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | Zoo admission | Cap off a fun day at the zoo with a night of live jazz music and specialty food.
  • Hot PRIDE Walk + Social at English Ivy’s | Thursday, June 20 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Lugar Plaza, 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Take a social walk, snap a group photo on Monument Circle, and enjoy libations at English Ivy’s, all in the spirit of Pride Month.
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News Notes
 
City
  • The Indianapolis Fire Department broke ground on a new north side station. IFD Station 32 will be located in the 6300 block of North College Avenue and will replace the current station on nearby Guilford Avenue. It will cost $7.5 million and should be completed in August 2025. (WTHR)
Community
  • IndyGo and Growing Places Indy have kicked off the seventh annual “Food in Transit” program, providing community members with fresh, healthy, and locally-grown produce free of charge. Pick up is 2 to 5 p.m. every Thursday until Sept. 29 at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center at 201 E. Washington St. (WTHR)
Tech
  • RootNote, a collaborative business intelligence platform for digital content creators, will establish its new headquarters in Indianapolis. CEO Jason Burchard said, “Indianapolis [has] proven time and time again that they are invested in turning the region into a sports and entertainment tech hub.”
Sports
  • No gutter balls here. The Professional Women’s Bowling Association 2024 tour is back in town. Competition kicked off last week and continues through Tuesday, June 18, when the final five bowlers will battle it out on national television. (WISH)
Real Estate
  • Residential builder Epcon Communities has proposed an 80-home development geared toward empty-nesters on the south side of Westfield. The houses would be a minimum of 1,400-sqft and priced between $450,000 and $1 million. (IBJ)
Hoosier
  • We’ll take “Outstanding Hoosier” for $500. Adriana Harmeyer, an archivist at Purdue University, won her thirteenth straight game on Jeopardy last week. She’s now won $299,000 during her run on the show and has qualified for the Tournament of Champions. (WTHR)
Sports
  • Summer’s heating up, and so is practice for Indiana basketball. Go beyond the scoreboard for the biggest stories on the Hoosiers with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcast.
    Finance
    • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
     
     
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    🀄️ Keep calm and mah jongg on
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    Mahjong is named after a dialect term for “sparrow,” which references the bird-like sound the tiles make clacking against each other.|Photo by Jimmy Chan
    Poker, Yahtzee, dominoes — all of these are fun games to play with friends + family around a table, but how about something new? There’s a trendy game sweeping the nation that’s actually hundreds of years old: Mah jongg.

    The four-player game originated in Southern China and gained popularity in the US in the 1920s, resulting in an American version of the game. The National Mah Jongg League formed in 1937 and issues the Official Standard Hands and Rule Cards annually. Similar to rummy, the goal of the game is to create a hand using a set of tiles with designated suits and symbols.

    Ready to get started? The Fishers Mah Jongg Center offers open play every Tuesday and reservation-based play every Saturday. Beginners and experts alike are welcome to learn how to play or practice their skills. If mah jongg isn’t your speed, you can also reserve time to play euchre or bridge instead.

    Know of another place to play? Let us know.
     
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    Another bonus honey for you: Wildflower Ridge, which you can see in the first photo in this newsletter. Its slightly floral taste is delicious with tea or on blueberry peanut butter toast.
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