Beekeeping

Dandelion season

 

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She seems to blend as one with this dandelion flower. I would have thought she had enough! I hope she is strong enough to take that load home!

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Bee Bread

I’m sitting in front of the woodstove and the snow is falling. So goes spring! Yesterday, was windy but warm and sunny and the honeybees were doing the best that they could to gather pollen from early blooming trees and flowers. I could not resist to, yet again, try to get the perfect shot of the blue pollen that the bees gather from the tiny Siberian Squill.

At our Chester County Beekeepers meeting last night, we had a speaker talking to us about bee nutrition. The bees need the protein that comes in the form of pollen as well as the sugar in nectar. The pollen is not eaten directly. It is carried into the hive on the bodies of the foraging bees. It is mixed with saliva and nectar and packed into the cells as bee bread. The recipe is slightly fermented with lactobacillus which comes from the gut of the bees. That fermentation process makes the food more stable and resistant to pathogens. It, also, assists in breaking down the cell walls of the pollen to make it more digestible. I’m sharing a link from an amazing article about bee bread coming from Nordic Food Lab. Such creative minds! The young worker bees eat the bee bread so that they can produce royal jelly from glands in their head. That royal jelly is critical in feeding the young larvae in the brood. Without this nutrition, the hive produces weak bees and begins to function poorly. Our hives are producing lots of worker bees already.

 

 

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Honey for Sale!

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We’ve had a beautiful busy season and the bees have provided us with a bountiful supply of honey. Sweet! Our good friends, Jim and Sally, are selling our honey at their farm, IMBY at MistyHollow in Westtown, PA (Chester County). Their address is here. Treat yourself to a visit! They sell their delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables that they grow without the use of chemical sprays, pesticides, or herbicides. You might, also, fill your shopping bag with fresh organic eggs from their hens and tempting specialty items created in their kitchen. Just look out for their sign on Street Road in Westtown.

You may not live near Westtown and, instead, live closer to the Cochranville/Oxford area in Southern Chester County.  If so; please, use our contact page.  We respond to messages quickly and we’ll see what we can do to supply you with some of the sweet stuff!

Addendum: 

Steve and Katie Stoltzfus, also, have jars of our raw honey for sale at their organic dairy: Sunset View Pastures Farm, 751 Saw Mill Road, Cochranville, PA 19330, 610-593-3038.   It is a real treat to visit their beautiful farm. You won’t be able to resist taking some of their super fresh nutritious raw milk, dairy products, and free range chicken eggs home with you!

 

 

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