Millions of people around the country are getting ready to experience the solar eclipse on August 21 2017. If you are lucky enough to be in the 70 mile wide path of totality you will experience a rare 2+ minutes of total darkness in the middle of the day which is exciting if you’re expecting it, but if you’re a bee it can really mess up your day.

Bees use UV rays from the sun to navigate, these rays are usually unaffected by weather such as overcast skies, clouds block a lot of visible light, but generally only block about 20% of the UV radiation from the sun, leaving plenty of rays for bees to use to navigate. When a total solar eclipse occurs the moon blocks the sun’s rays it blocks just about everything, and bees lose their most important navigation tool. For us this would be like driving along the highway when all of the sudden the road disappears, which would be cause for alarm. Since total eclipses are pretty rare, and the chances of having a beekeeper actively observing their hive while experiencing an eclipse are even more scarce, that’s why there aren’t many accounts on how bees act when this occurs.

From the existing accounts, it seems like the bees will head back to their hive as totality creeps in, but if they are too far out and get stuck in the darkness of totality witnesses have reported that they tend to just stop and wait it out. All of this can create some major confusion back at the hive, and there is a chance that it will disrupt the hive enough to cause some long term damage. Fortunately this seems to be less common, unless there is a hive that is already unhealthy total solar eclipses won’t cause enough disruption to harm a hive without other contributing factors. Hopefully most bees stuck in totality this time around take a note from their bipedal friends and just take a break to enjoy an awesome astronomical event.  

Homestyle Honey Oatmeal

Homestyle Honey Oatmeal

Honey and Oatmeal meet in this tasty dish to make a sweet, health conscious meal that will fill you up and keep you going.

Oatmeal is high in fiber, it helps you stay fuller longer, and can help lower bad cholesterol. Oats are a gluten free grain that traditionally provide more protein than their cereal grain counterparts, they also contain beta-glucans which have been shown to enhance immune function. Add these benefits to the benefits of raw & unfiltered local honey like our Kelley’s Texas Country Style and you have a home-made super-food especially when garnished with healthy fruits.

Follow this recipe for an easy 10 minute super-snack:


  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Pinch of Salt
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Pinch of Cinnamon

Optional Ingredients:

  • ½ Parker County Peach
  • 3 Poteet Strawberries
  • 1 Kiwi


  • In a small pot mix
    • Milk
    • Oatmeal
    • Water
    • Cinnamon
    • Salt
    • Vanilla
  • Cook at medium heat for 7-10 minutes or until Oatmeal is done
  • Remove from heat and mix in honey
  • Garnish with fruits for extra flavor and nutrition

Kelley’s Kitchen Recipes

Kelley’s Texas Country Style Honey Glazed Salmon


1 – Fillet of Salmon

1 Tbsp – Garlic (Minced)

1 Tbsp – Red Pepper Flakes

3 Tbsp – Soy Sauce (Low Sodium)

1/2 Tsp – Thyme

4 Tbsp – Kelley’s TX Country Style Honey

1 – Squeezed Lemon

Seasoned Salt



  1. Whisk garlic, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, thyme, lemon and Kelley’s TX Country Style Honey into a marinade.
  2. Season salmon fillet with seasoned salt of your preference.
  3. Cut the fillet into portions and marinate in honey glaze for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  5. Place portions on sheet pan and baste the fillet with any remaining honey glaze.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until fully cooked.
  7. Serve on a bed of rice with some grilled vegetables of your choice and… Voilà! Bon Appétit!

Texas Pride

Growing up in Amarillo, Texas and moving around the state has me completely convinced that the single most common trait that we all share is our inherent sense of state pride. Ask anyone around here what they identify as and they’ll probably respond with “Texan”. Most of us believe that Texan pride does not come at the cost of an American identity. I personally love Texas because I find that our great state has a lot to offer. As the second largest state in the country, Texas is made up of about 167.8 million acres of land. Although Texas leads the United States in energy production, it also has a massive agriculture industry that contributes about $19.8 billion dollars in cash receipts to the economy. In fact, about 86% of the land in Texas is in some form of agricultural production with about 98.5% of it being ran by an individual or family. From my experience in the honey industry, I am amazed by the fact that our varying climates and massive amount of land provides us with abundant amounts of natural resources that makes us the only state that has an independently functioning economy. The landscape will vary around you from the dense piney woods of the east, the red flats of the panhandle, the endless canyons of the west, the lush Hill Country of central Texas and the breezy gulf coast of the south. If you have never been here, you will find that our unique culture is derived from years of history deeply rooted in the rich soil beneath our feet — Aren’t you glad to be a Texan?

2017 TRA Marketplace – Dallas, TX



As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the 2017 Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace (TRA) in Dallas, TX. This year marked TRA’s 80th annual trade show and convention. The TRA Marketplace has earned its place as the second-biggest restaurant industry trade show in the country and the fastest-growing trade show event across all industries. As one of the hottest growth markets for the restaurant industry with sales of $52.4 billion, the restaurant industry employed about 1.2 million people in more than 43,600 restaurant locations as of this year. Thousands of people from different industries gathered at this year’s event to visit over 500 different exhibitors featuring new products, presentations and tastings.


The TRA Marketplace has become the best place to get valuable industry insight for our company and we showcased Smokey Bear’s Raw & Unfiltered Honey as a new product, along with Kelley’s Premium Honeycomb products and Texas Farmland Honey products. If missed us at this year’s show, we highly recommend that you register for early bird tickets after January 31, 2018 for a discounted price. The Texas Restaurant Association is bringing the marketplace show back to San Antonio, TX for the first time in over 30 years on July 15-16, 2018 — just in time to help celebrate the city’s 300th anniversary. Join the TRA Marketplace on this historic occasion as the city of San Antonio comes to life as thousands of people will gather from across the globe to honor the city’s vibrant role on the world stage through art, education, history, culture, community and especially, cuisine! The early bird restaurateur tickets are priced at $45.00 and free to all TRA members. For more information and tickets, please visit there website here.

Kelley Honey Farms presents Smokey

Booth # 1656 Go Texan Member Products