Honeybees are Dying By the Millions

I was flooded this week with people concerned about the population of our honeybees.
It seems you can't turn on the television or read the newspaper without coming across a story of dying honey and bumblebees.  The Post ran a story last month that was alarming  on the insecticides known as Nionicotiniods.  Nionicotiniods is banned in Europe but still used in North America.  A second story in the Los Angeles Times from Oregon also reports the use of insecticides that were used and the results were fatal for bumble bees.  So what can we do to help restore the bee population and not harm these insects?

Here are 4 EASY WAYS TO HELP HONEYBEES AND BUMBLEBEES

1. PLANT A HONEYBEE POLLINATOR FRIENDLY GARDEN
Honeybees, like humans, love a diverse diet, so make the natural world more bee friendly.  Begin with your back garden.  Typically honeybees LOVE lavender, clover, borage, sunflowers, phacelia, poppy and many more. Add your favorite herbs, fruits and vegetables to your yard, the bees are sure to love them.
The Bee and Me Bee Pollinating Flower

2. DO NOT SPRAY PESTICIDES
Pesticides are linked directly to honeybee deaths. Find natural alternatives.  Many garden centres carry a variety of honeybee friendly pesticides.

3. DON'T FEAR A SWARM of HONEYBEES
More than likely if honeybees swarm, they have run out of room because they are growing and healthy. DO NOT call exterminators, instead call a local beekeeping association. They will come to your home or place of the swarm and remove them free of charge. Bees are extremely valuable pollinators and we do not want to kill them unnecessarily.
Bee Swarm

4. BECOME A BEEKEEPER
If this is something that interests you, check with a local beekeeping association to get started.  Workshops and courses may be offered for beginners.

It has been great to see lots of you at the farmers' markets we attend.  Fruits and vegetables are filling vendors booths.
Juicy Ontario cherries from Niagara came out last week as well as delicious green beans and new potatoes.
Come, enjoy the wonderful atmosphere at the Oakville Place Farmers' Market, Dundas Farmers Market, Sherway Farmers Market and Georgetown Farmers Market. 
Stop in at our booth and say hello and enjoy all the flavors of summer and eat well!!

Bitters' Sweets
It's time to tell you about another vendor at one of the market we attend.  I would like to tell you about a vendor at the Georgetown Farmers' Market who creates the most amazing jams and jellies. Her name is Rebecca and she is the owner of Bitters' Sweet Jams and Jellies.  Rebecca is a resident of Acton but grew up in Georgetown.  She is  a pastry chef by trade. Her mom tells me she has loved to cook since she was a small child.  She uses local products as much as possible to create the most untraditional jams and jellies.

Bitters' Sweets Jellies like red wine infused with Rosemary and three different kinds of strawberry jam, Strawberry Orange, Strawberry Balsamic and Strawberry Rhubarb.  And try her Cherry Jam, to die for on pancakes. What could taste more delightful then home made jam on your morning toast or bagel.  You can sample any of her jams or jellies at the market, so next time you are at the Georgetown Farmers' Market stop in to visit Rebecca at Bitters' Sweets. 

 

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