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Grocery Shopping with Honey Bees

Grocery shopping has taken on a new meaning in the pandemic.  Grocery shopping is my favorite of all the household chores.  I love the orderliness of a grocery store, the bright lighting, and the products from around the world.  I like trying to find the subtle Jedi mind tricks that the grocery store uses to get me to buy more.  Grocery shopping has become a more harrowing and utilitarian chore since the pandemic.  I no longer linger in the aisles.  I get in and out like a commando hoping that I haven’t contracted a deadly virus along the way.  Our local bee club hosted a virtual club meeting this month with the Kentucky State Apiarist, Dr. Tammy Horn Potter.  She educated us on honey bee nutrition and discussed what forager bees have on their “grocery list.”  In this post, I will share with you some of Dr. Potter’s facts, which blew my mind.  Her talk resonated with me since I like both bees and grocery stores. Continue reading

Lessons from Our First Year of Beekeeping

My husband and I have been keeping bees for a full year now, and I have to admit that we both have become obsessed with this hobby.  We started with two nucs last spring.  Beekeeping was an adventure from the very first day.  On our way home from the bee supplier, bees kept flying out of the nuc box and filling our truck cab.  Driving with bees flying around your head can be a challenge!  We split our strongest colony last summer, and we came out of winter this year with three healthy bee colonies.  Since we just reached our one year anniversary, I thought now was an appropriate time to reflect on some of the key lessons from year one. Continue reading