September is National Honey Month, established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote beekeeping and honey as a natural, beneficial sweetener. The White House has its own beehive, a first in its history, which came into being when First Lady Michelle Obama created her Kitchen Garden in 2009. In a newspaper article in the Washington Examiner White House beekeeper Charlie Brandts called the White House grounds a "Shangri La for bees" because of its "country-like setting with its trees, flowers and ponds". Last year the hive produced 175 pounds of honey. Some of the honey is used in the production of homebrewed beers, another first for the White House. Some of the honey is also dispensed as gifts.
The lid of the jar features an illustration of the White House with an inscription that reads: "White House honey from the South Lawn.