2015 Ontario Honey production results disappoint

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Statistics Canada released their honey statistics report for 2015, which reveals a drop in Ontario honey production, number of beekeepers and bee colonies. This is very disappointing, especially compared to the gains made elsewhere in Canada.

“According to the report:

  • Ontario’s honey production is down from 2014 by 11.1% compared to an overall increase of 11.4% for Canada.
  • This roughly corresponds to a decrease in colony numbers of 10.3% in Ontario. Canada-wide figures show an overall increase in colonies of 3.6%.
  • Average per colony production remains flat in Ontario at 93 pounds, down slightly from 93.8 in 2014.
  • Average production per colony, Canada-wide, increased from 122.8 in 2014 to 132 in 2015, an increase of 7.5%
  • The number of beekeepers in Ontario is down 21.5%, from 3,262 in 2014 to 2,562 in 2015.

Variations can, and do, occur year over year within and between provinces. Although we are looking closely at these figures, we are not making any assumptions at this point about either their validity or significance. Ontario’s beekeeping industry is unusual in that we have many beekeepers  – over 30% of Canada’s total – but 80% of the colonies are managed by only 20% of beekeepers.”

Information provided by the Ontario Beekeepers Association: www.ontariobee.com.

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Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas from the Prescott Farmers’/Crafters’ Market!

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Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas from the Prescott Farmers’/Crafters’ Market! Red House Honey will be at the Prescott Legion Saturday Dec. 19 9a.m.-1 p.m. with all our Farmers’ Market friends. Come on down and make good cheer!

Salad under the snow

Salad under the snow

Milkweed, frosted

Milkweed, frosted

St. Lawrence River Sunrise

St. Lawrence River Sunrise

Galop Canal's icy branches

Galop Canal’s icy branches

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The Groovy Garden: Bee-Friendly Garden in a Litte Red Box. Only @ Green Things/Prescott

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Step into The Groovy Garden: Red House Honey’s Bee-Friendly Garden in a Litte Red Box..found exclusively @ Green Things in downtown Prescott, ON.

Open the box and find heirloom, all-natural seeds grown and harvested from the Red House Honey gardens, cleaned, dried and packaged for you to pop into some soil…..Plant these flowers and veggies to attract bees and other beneficial pollinators to your yard. Here at the Red House, we grow all of these varieties from our own seed. Every year, the bees go simply buzzy, diving into their fragrant blossoms and flying back to the hives loaded with nectar and pollen.

You can help save the bees by planting your own bee-friendly garden at home, at work, in pots or any kind of space you can find. By so doing, you will encourage the little critters to visit your plot, collect pollen and nectar, and make honey! These seeds generally require only the most minimal intervention: use no pesticides, no herbicides or commercial fertilizers. A little well-rotten kitchen compost is almost more than they need to thrive…..

Each seed packet from the Red House Honey Hothouse comes with its own story, and has been used for centuries to help, to heal and to fill bellies with pure homegrown goodness.

. Achilea millefolium (common yarrow): used by Rocky Mountains First Nations people mashed the roots for use as a local anaesthetic. Irish bridesmaids used to carry yarrow bouquets to weddings to ensure the happy couple seven years of love.

. Cherokee Trail of Tears Bean a.k.a Cherokee Black Bean: In the summer of 1838, the Cherokee were rounded up from their farms in the Smokey Mountains, put in prison camps, then taken to Indian Territory. Some 4,000 natives died during the winter journey, which became known as the “trail where they cried.” This beautiful bean was carried by the Cherokee on that terrible trip.

. HEIRLOOM Russian Red Kale (Ragged Jack)
Brought to Canada by Russian traders, this heirloom variety was grown pre-1863. (Ok, the kale is just because…everyone should eat kale!)

. and more!

The Groovy Garden: Bee-Friendly Garden in a Box

The Groovy Garden: Bee-Friendly Garden in a Litte Red Box


The Groovy Garden: Bee-Friendly Garden in a Box

Step Inside The Groovy Garden: Bee-Friendly Garden in a Box

Donna at Green Things will also show you our wonderful individual seed packets of Double Bubble Pink Poppies and Russian Red Kale, packaged in a lovely little red organza holiday bag. Spring is just around the corner, for gardeners, anyway.

Red House Honey also has beautiful sachets for cooking, tea and pure enjoyment. Try our Lovely Lavender, Mmmarvellous Mint: Tasty Tea Mix or Heavenly Herbal Cooking Mix. Just add love….

Come see us and all of our fellow farmers and crafters at Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market at the Prescott Legion, Dec. 12 and 19th 9 a.m-1 p.m.

Mmmarvelous Mint: Tasty Tea Mix from the Red House Honey Hothouse

Mmmarvelous Mint: Tasty Tea Mix from the Red House Honey Hothouse

Heavenly Herbal Mix from the Red House Honey Hothouse

Heavenly Herbal Mix from the Red House Honey Hothouse


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Red House Honey partners with Signature Foods/Mountain Path

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The Sweetest Thing....

The Sweetest Thing….

Signature Foods now distributes #redhousehoney under its newly-acquired Mountain Path Organic & Natural Foods brand. Look for our 250g Raw/Kosher Red House Honey wherever Mountain Path & Natural Organics/Signature Foods items are sold. Red House Honey is also part of the Ottawa Incubator Kitchen/Ottawa Food Hub which operates out of the Signature Foods Parisien St. premises in Ottawa. We are soooo excited!


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Red House Honey Livin’ The Sweet Life

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Mmmm! Fresh honey comb!

Mmmm! Fresh honey comb!

Red House Honey is now at The Sweet Life, Prescott’s newest store. Check out the great goodies, which include RHH honey and honey comb, beeswax candles, handmade soaps and of course our great little red gift boxes.

We’ll also be at Prescott Legion for the first three Saturdays in December with our friends from the Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.

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