"I make money off of honey," said Phillip Raines.
A bee keeper at Raines Honey Farm just 23 miles outside of Rockford-- Phillip Raines said, his love for bees started 16 years ago after a friend suggested he tried honey to cure his allergies.
"Sure enough he came by the house with a jar of honey about a week later and gave it to me and I starting eating it and about a week and a half or two weeks later... I noticed an immediate improvement in my allergies," said Raines.
Then soon after his family relocated to Illinois to Wisconsin, Raines knew it was his calling to start a small honey farm.
"I asked my wife very lovingly can i just get two hives," he said, "and she agreed to it and then two went to four- four went to ten- and ten went to 25. And it just kept on growing."
September is National Honey Month, a month where bee keepers will get a chance to promote and to build awareness for honey.
"Honey is one of the natural sweetener-- it's not high fructose corn syrup. It's not sugar. It's a very natural sweetener and it's very good for you. Your body reacts to it very differently than to other sweetener," said Raines.
Not only is it healthy and good for your body to consume, but it's also used to make a number of different products.
Products such as honey lip balms, candles, and soaps help brings in the cash flow so bee keeper Phillip Raines can support his family.
Raines Honey Farm also donated a fresh batch of honeybees for the bee exhibit at the Discovery Center Musuem in April.
If you're interested in those honey products-- you can catch Raines Honey Farm at Rockford City Market.