This week's cover for My Year with the First Ladies page is a view of the White House Beehive on the South Lawn of the White House. The beehive
is a first for the White House and came into existence in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden. This year the hive will produce 175 pounds of honey. An analysis last year from Texas A&M University reveals that the dominant pollen source is clover. Beekeeper Charlie Brandts, in an newspaper interview with the Washington Examiner, credits the "country-like setting of the White House with its population of dogwood, cherry, crepe myrtle, elm and magnolia trees (plus poison ivy) for providing a Shangri-La for bees".
The White House chefs use the honey in various recipes and in brewing the White House Honey Ale. The honey is often given as gifts to visiting dignitaries and guests.