Here’s a glimpse of some of the fun we’ve had over the past few years. Can’t wait until spring!
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!
FEELING DIRTY? Give your guy something he REALLY wants for Father’s Day: A Red House Honey…super gift box. Contains a slow-burning Light Up Ur Nights 100% beeswax candle for sexy time, a jar of raw FARM/Select Apiaries all-natural honey for slathering everywhere, a bar of one of our super-smelling soaps for rinsing off (such as “Feeling Dirty?” or “Honey Love Body Bar” — and a Scrumptious Body Scrub for soothing and smoothing. It’s a couples’ activity….but Dad can do it alone, too. Or Mum. Or anybody, really. The more the merrier, we say.
The hive is buzzing with activity! A small nucleus of bees made it through the winter and a ramping up for spring. We’ve added pollen patties, a rich feed which stimulate hive growth as the queen begins to lay eggs — up to 1,000 per day. As the dandelions and other florals begin to open, the bees will be buzzing around the neighbourhood collecting pollen, nectar and pine pitch for their busy hive-building activities. Any day now, we will receive our three new ‘nucs’ (small colony of worker bees and a mated queen) which will help us build up our apiary to its former strength. Hello honey!
Of course, there is more bad news for bees. This from the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association:
TreeAzin, the treatment most frequently recommended for this pest, is a tree-injected systemic which can be very toxic to bee brood. The label makes it clear that it should not be applied until after the blooming period – which in Ontario would be mid to late June – and also recommends not applying more frequently than every two years.
So, before you think about treating your ash trees with this chemical, please, check with your REGISTERED pesticide applicator AND your municipality.
Our neighbourhood has been absolutely decimated by the Emerald Ash Borer. Whole forested areas are now denuded. How can we strike a balance been preservation and extermination of pests?
Your thoughts are welcome….
Red House Honey is delighted to sponsor the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Thyroid Foundation to appear at the Health and Wellness Fair at Morrisburg Arena in Morrisburg, Ontario on May 6. Red House Honey products will be for sale – including our legendary RAW/Kosher OVH certified kosher honey, our FARM/Select Apiaries honeys, our distinctive red gift boxes (“sweetness in a little red box”) which include our Body Therapy Bars (Honey Love Body Bar, Lily Loves Lavender, Hamish’s Highland Lad Lather…and more), Scrumptious Body Scrub and Luv Ur Beeswax Candles.
The Thyroid Foundation will be giving out information about this tiny but extremely important little gland in your throat…and why you should be very, very kind to it!
See you there!
Will the bees make it? Come on girls! It has been a very, very hard winter–in fact, the hardest in several decades. Three of our hives are dead and we can only hope and pray that some bees survive the winter. We’ve ordered more nucs (short for nuclei, which contain four frames of bees, with a queen) which will replace the dead hives. But these take time to build up again in spring, and we are essentially starting from scratch, for the second year in a row. But the hard winter isn’t the only culprit. Neonicotinoids, used like candy in our area, are also to blame. Agrigultural lobbies — seed companies, tractor companies, insurance companies, etc.– are strong (you’ve all seen how they are shutting down the Ontario government’s town hall meetings on neonicotinoids) and they have convinced farmers that they can’t make a living planting cash crops like corn and soybeans without also using pesticides — which have the unfortunate effect of destroying the environment.
And every bit of green space must be used, to the detriment of flora and fauna.
Look carefully around your area and you will see that swaths of forests have been taken down in the last few years.
As a horseback rider, my riding buddies and I see the devastation which isn’t apparent from the roadside. Go beyond the fringe of trees which might still line the highways and you will be appalled.
Even trees that merely comprised wind breaks between fields are gone. It’s like the prairies out here.
Soon, it will be like the desert.
Many creeks which fed the St. Lawrence River are already long gone. As the topsoil dries out and blows away in the wind (because of lack of windbreaks), the crops can’t be pollinated because there are no longer any bees or flying pollinating insects. There is little genetic crop diversity. Most fields are mono crops and consist of GMOs. Corn is self-pollinating, so it doesn’t need bees, but the neonicotinoids clinging to the corn are spread by the wind. For bees, a mono crop is like a desert. When it is finished blooming, there is nothing for them, so they must fly elsewhere for nectar and pollen.
Do your small bit for the environment: Be aware that neonicotinoids are used in ethanol, corn, soybeans and that GMOs allow greater use of pesticides. Visit farmers markets where small farmers bring their produce. Buy local honey. Eschew supermarkets. Plant bee-friendly plants in your yard. Don’t use pesticides. We’ll all be the better for it. And above all, the bees will thank you with their gold.
The European Union instituted a two-year moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on flowering crops. The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association points out that Europeans are now in the second year of the moratorium–the results of the moratorium are positive. Corn yields (from crops planted in spring of 2014)– according to the EU Bulletin–are at least 25% above the five-year average in Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Yield increases are also reported in Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria and Lithuania. OBA is hoping Ontario’s grain farmers are reassured by these results. Read the report for yourselves:
Don’t feel like leaving the hive to pick up something from the Handmade Honey Shop? Now you can purchase all of our Red House Honeys and our Honey Love Products on-line. Check in…check around… and check out!
Honey products available for sale in Ontario only, due to government regulations. And, due to the ruinous cost of shipping honey in a manner that will ensure no breakage (via priority shipping), we are happy to deliver to many places in Eastern Ontario for a small fee (such as Carleton Place, Kanata, Ottawa, Prescott, Morrisburg, Brockville, Orleans). We’re also happy to make arrangements for you to come pick it up. Cash or credit card (Square reader in person or PayPal online) only. No cheques (sorry).
Want a great Alternative Valentine’s Day gift idea for two? Purchase our two Honey Love Body bars – Anastasia’s Beautiful Body Bar and Christian’s Soap/Where Does He Put It? — as a pair for only $13. Comes with two organza gift bags.
Don’t shower alone!