SAUK RAPIDS -- Bees are an important part of our food supply, and the Tri-County Beekeepers Association is doing their part to keep the public educated.

Sarah Doroff is the Minnesota Honey Queen, she plays an important role in the association's outreach.

"My role as the Honey Queen is an ambassador for the keepers, the industry, I do live demonstrations, public interviews, county fairs, and the state fair"

As for the Tri-County Beekeepers themselves, she says they cover a lot of bases.

"We all keep honey bees, which helps with production and health [of the hives] we also help with funds with the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, which does research related to hive collapse."

If you're health conscience, Doroff says honey may be the stuff for you.

"It's full of anti-oxidants, full of anti-fungal and bacterial, perfect for wounds, cuts and burns, and when traveling to a foreign country honey from there [where you're going] can help build your immunity to things in that area."

The association has 120 members in it right now, and usually meets on the first Tuesday of each month.  If you wish to become a member, the annual family membership fee is $10.

Photo: Richard Leguil, WJON