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There are 1,015 registered beekeepers in Connecticut. For most, honey production is priority No. 1, but recently they’ve been buzzing about another byproduct: bee pollen.

Nutritious and known as a good source of vitamins and minerals, bee pollen supplements—made from the pollen that collects on the bodies of bees—have grown in popularity.

Stuart Woronecki, owner of Stonewall Apiary in Hanover, has invested in additional pollen-collection equipment to fulfill the increased requests for pollen. “People who consume bee pollen tell me that they were instructed to do so by their doctors,” he says. “Some also take it as a nutritional supplement. Athletes, for example, say that it boosts their energy and helps them recover from hard workouts faster.”

Bee pollen, available at local farmers’ markets, usually costs about $25 dollars for a 16-ounce jar—more than three times the price of honey.

—Kelsey Hopper