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  • Summer is Here!

    The Farmers' Markets are now in full swing (finally) after such a late spring. River Road Honey Farm participates in 5 markets on a weekly basis this year, keeping Eske & I extremely busy! This does not include the local festivals. We are in Hastings, MN on Tuesdays & Saturdays, Ellsworth, WI on Tuesdays, Farmington, MN on Thursday and Red Wing, MN on Saturday. It definitely keeps us busy as bees.
     
    Here is a yummy summer beverage: Honey Echinacea Cooler

    Spiced Honey Echinacea Cooler

    Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, cinnamon, and cloves ; let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon and cloves and stir in honey and lemon juice. Place in refrigerator until chilled (approx. 1 hour). Pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slices. *May substitute chamomile tea for the Echinacea tea.

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 4 - Echinacea tea bags*
    • 4 - cinnamon sticks
    • 20 - whole cloves
    • 1/2 cup - honey
    • 1/4 cup - fresh lemon juice

    Directions

    Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add tea bags, cinnamon, and cloves ; let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon and cloves and stir in honey and lemon juice. Place in refrigerator until chilled (approx. 1 hour). Pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slices. *May substitute chamomile tea for the Echinacea tea.

    Tip

    Variations: Add 1 Tablespoon orange juice to each glass. Add 2 Tablespoons rum or whisky to each glass for a "spiked" version.
     
     
    Did You Know?
     
    Honey is the world’s best known treatment for burns, infected wounds and skin ulcers. It can kill wound bacteria that are resistant to antibiotic drugs. Using honey instead of sugar adds antioxidant protection to your diet.