Nation's First Solar Honey Featured in New Ice Cream at MN State Fair


While new and inventive foods abound each year at the Minnesota State Fair, only one new food is responsible for creating new honeybee habitats, while simultaneously harvesting the nation’s first ever solar honey, deliciously drizzled throughout the new food – Solar Honey Swirl Ice Cream!
This new treat features ribbons of solar honey, produced and harvested fresh from Minnesota honey producers, Bolton Bees, springing forward on a simple backdrop of vanilla ice cream. Solar Honey Swirl will be served up at the Minnesota Honey Producers Association booth (a State Fair staple for more than 70 years) in the horticulture building, in partnership with Fresh Energy and Bolton Bees, at the Minnesota State Fair. The solar honey is sourced from solar arrays around the metro that are planted with pollinator-friendly native flowers.
About Bolton Bees
Bolton Bees, is a first-generation business, that breeds Minnesota-hardy queen bees and produces the nation’s first-ever solar honey, using Twin Cities solar arrays. Travis and Chiara Bolton are beekeepers who believe in promoting the collaboration between solar energy, pollinator habitat, and local beekeeping. They are passionate about encouraging the creation of new foraging habitat under and around ground-mounted solar panels for a wide variety of pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.
About Fresh Energy
An independent energy nonprofit, Fresh Energy’s mission is to shape and drive realistic, visionary energy policies that benefit all. Working purely in the public interest, Fresh Energy’s team of scientists, economists, policy analysts, and educators develops and advances solutions that secure a clean energy future where all can thrive.
About the Minnesota Honey Producers Association
The Minnesota Honey Producers Association (MHPA) is a nonprofit organization made up of commercial and hobby beekeepers. The goal of the organization is to promote the use of honey and to provide a better understanding of the role of honeybees throughout the Midwest. The organization was founded in 1907, and is one of the largest in the United States today. The MHPA is one of the founding fathers of the Minnesota Agricultural Society.