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Hello all, 

We hope your 2018 has gotten off to a fabulous start! Our team has been busy around Henry's Bullfrog Bees Apiary preparing for almond pollination season. The almond trees will be bursting with beautiful white flowers soon. It is a dreamy and stunning time of year. Bees are essential for a successful almond crop. One third of the fruits and vegetables you eat are pollinated by bees. Bees are amazing little insects that do so much for us all. 

When the almond pollination season is done we will place our bees in certain areas for honey flow. They will be in a safe environment free from sprays and pesticides. Our first harvest of the year is orange blossom honey, at the end of May. During spring and summer we will harvest wild flower honey. August is the last month we harvest honey. 

If you are starting to plant your spring garden please think of the bees and other pollinators. Plant a variety of pollinator friendly flowers in your garden (click on the links below to learn more). Do NOT spray chemicals or pesticides in your yard. Leave a water source out for the bees. Let's help save the bees and other pollinators that need our help. 

https://www.sunset.com/garden/flowers-plants/plants-pollination

https://xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center/ 

The bees and other pollinators love the Hot Pokers in our garden.

Q & A: 

We receive a lot of questions about crystallized honey. A few of these questions are: Has it spoiled? Does it mean it isn’t fresh honey, etc? Raw honey naturally crystallizes over time or when it gets to cold. Below is a definition of crystalized honey.  

“Crystallization is a natural process of glucose sugar molecules aligning into orderly arrangements know as crystals. It is not an indicator of spoilage, impurity, age of quality. Storing honey in the refrigerator accelerates the honeys crystallization process.” –National Honey Board

What’s New at Pure Honey:

We now offer Pure Honey Lavender Soap made by our friend Dianne Madison of Yolo Press (picture below). Dianne makes each soap by hand, with all natural ingredients, using our Pure Lavender Infused Honey. The soaps are adorable, smell, and feel amazing! We are grateful to partner with Yolo Press to create a one of a kind soap. The soap is exclusively sold on our website.

New Locations: 

You can now find your favorite Pure Honey at Redemption located in Campbell, CA. They carry socially conscious goods all crafted in California 

https://www.shopredemption.com

Pure Honey can also be found in the beautiful gift boxes of Poppy + Oak and Clark & Co. They offer one of a kind gift sets in beautiful packaging. 

https://www.poppyandoak.com

 https://clarkandcogifts.com

Upcoming Events: 

February 10-11 you can find us at the Old Sugar Mill's Port and Chocolate Lovers' Weekend. Explore over 13 different wineries in one beautiful location. For tickets click on the link below. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/port-wine-chocolate-lovers-weekend-2018-tickets-41152426014

The California Honey Festival will be held Saturday, May 5, located in Historic Downtown Woodland. Click on the link below to learn more.  

https://californiahoneyfestival.com

If you are interested in becoming a backyard beekeeper or want to learn more about beekeeping check out the El Nino Bee Lab at UC Davis. For more information click on the link below. 

https://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/courses.html

We were hoping to do some spring tours at the farm, but we are currently undergoing some construction and will have to delay. Once construction is done we are looking forward to hosting a late summer harvest tour at our apiary.

Recipe: 

Pure Habanero Infused Honey Cilantro Lime Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 large clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup Pure Habanero Infused honey
  • 2/3 olive oil
  • You can also use use this recipe as a marinade for drumsticks or chicken breast. 

Allergies: 

This is the time of year you want to start preparing for seasonal allergies. Henry's Bullfrog Bees Honey and Pure Wildflower Honey is best to help combat local allergies. You are ingesting the pollens that are bugging you in the air and building immunities to them. A teaspoon a day will help keep your allergies away. If you put your honey in coffee or tea make sure it is never boiling hot. This will process the honey and you will lose the pollens. 

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