It's bee box building season

Deep inside the hive, the queen bee has been laying eggs and the population is slowly growing. On warm spring days (like this past Friday) the bees are venturing out from the total darkness of the hive into the sun – soaking up the warmth, enjoying the fresh air, and stretching out their wings during short flights around the bee yard.

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Natalie Comeau
Spring is coming (we swear it is!)

There may still be snow on the ground, but any day above freezing gets beekeepers dreaming about spring – and we’re counting the days!

In late fall, we wrap the hives to protect them from the cold and the wind – and cross our fingers that they’ll still be with us come spring.

During the long, dark winter, the bees form a tight cluster around their queen – their sole purpose is to feed her and keep her warm. The colder it is outside, the tighter the bees cling together, shivering their flight muscles to create warmth.

About this time of year, the queen will begin to lay eggs again – and the bees will maintain the brood nest at 35C (regardless of how cold it is outside). These first new worker bees will emerge in mid-March and the population will continue to grow in preparation for spring. The first major sources of pollen are maple, oak, and willow blossoms. The first spring nectar comes from dandelions – so please leave them for the bees (at least until other flowers begin to bloom).

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Natalie Comeauwinter, spring, CSA

Welcome to our new website and blog – thanks for joining us!

We are a small company located in Prince Edward County, on the shores of Lake Ontario in Eastern Ontario. We currently maintain 21 hives at six different locations in the County – in Waupoos, South Bay, Sandbanks, Picton, Bloomfield, and Wellington.

Each of our bee yards has been chosen for what it offers the bees – a wide variety of the highest quality nectar and pollen for the bees to forage on; protection from the elements; availability of clean water; and easy access for us to tend to the bees and harvest the honey.

As each location has different plants in bloom at different times of the year – and we harvest our honey in small batches throughout the summer – no two batches are ever the same.

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Natalie Comeau