Red House Honey is gearing up for a summer full of beans. Green beans that is. We will be cultivating these yummy veggies as part of our new focus on market gardening, for several commercial clients as well as our dedicated fans at Prescott Farmers’ Market. Look for us there. This year we will also be introducing grow-your-own mushroom logs, flowers and dried flowers, beans, and of course, our wonderful honey, soaps and unique Groovy Garden so you can cultivate our homegrown seeds yourself.
See you at the market in a month!
#redhousehoney06 RHH was at the Prescott Farmers’ Market and a blueberry grower came to tell us she had no blueberries to sell: no bees pollinated the plants in spring. The stark truth is without bees, there are no crops. The farmer hopes to have a beekeeper put some hives on her property as soon as possible, so she can get back to the business of growing blueberries.
Makes you wonder why outfits like Home Depot and others continue to purchase and encourage the use of plants which are dusted with and even nurtured in neonicotinoids. Most people don’t even realize that those cut flowers on their doorsteps are contributing to the bees’ demise. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/home-depot-plants-contain-pesticide-linked-to-honey-bee-deaths/article19432924/
58% of Ontario’s honey bees died last winter, including 100% of Red House Honey’s bees. That is an unacceptably high level by any reckoning, the result of a severe winter, neonicotinoids, mites and other factors: www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/editorials/pesticides-pollination-and-the-bees-needs/article19782564/
A Happy Honey
Christmas in July at Prescott Farmers’ Market was an even bigger hit than last year. Santa arrived not by motorcycle but by rickshaw. Horse and wagon rides went around town, Kevin blew bubbles and the Giant Tiger danced to the great tunes served up by our wonderful D.J.
All-natural honey and veggies. Yum!
Red House Honey danced like a buzzy bee around the honey and veggies and had a great time talking to customers and vendors alike.
RHH @ Prescott Farmers’ Market
RHH wishes Christmas came every Saturday at Prescott Farmers’ Market. See you there soon!
“This might hurt…”
Sometimes even bees wake up on the wrong side of the bed. One in particular had a very grumpy morning and didn’t get her regular cuppa nectar. As I rounded the corner carrying my pail of scraps for the compost pile, Grumpy Girl attacked: right at my throat. I screamed and grabbed her and managed to remove the stinger as I ran for the house….forgetting of course that I had locked the door. Three of her mates pursued me and buzzed malevolently around me. I finally got rid of them, then returned to my dropped bucket. In an instant, they were on me again, especially the Grumpy Girl. This time, I had the presence of mind to click open my truck door and jump in, as GG beat herself against the window.
What did I do? I thought to myself, as my throat began to pulse with pain. Later, I walked over to my neighbour to borrow her full bee-suit and a thought occurred. I had liberally spread sunscreen on myself before I walked out. Obviously, GG and her friends did NOT like my scent. Next time, maybe I should roll in something highly scented, like my darling dogs and bee-yard helpers, Lily and Hamish, who never seem to get stung despite trying to bite bees in half.
Three days later, my throat is still sore and itchy. I’m glad Grumpy Girl only had time to give me a tiny shot of her venom. Live and learn.
RHH’s Raw/Kosher 80g treat!
#redhousehoney Locally-produced Kosher honey comes to Ottawa. Ottawa Vaad Hakashrut (OVH-Jewish Federation of Ottawa) has certified Red House Honey as kosher. Look for the OVH kosher symbol on our 80g, 140g, 250g and 330g of Red House RAW Honey. Available at Westboro Pharmasave/Westboro Organics. Visit us this summer at Galop Canal Bluegrass Festival in Iroquois, ON June 13-15, 2014, and Prescott Farmers’ Market Saturdays all summer long.
Santa giving motorcycle rides.
Red House Honey was at Prescott Farmers’ Market as vendors hosted Christmas in July this past weekend. Santa showed up to give thrilled children rides in his sidecar and even the occasional adventurous adult. Christmas songs were sung and a great time was had by all.
Many people stopped by to asked how Red House Honey’s bees were doing; everyone, it seems, has heard of the massive bee deaths in Ontario over the past three years, indicative of a broader, very troubling situation virtually worldwide.
A selection of Red House Honey on display at Prescott Farmers’ Market
Red House Honey products are now available at Halee’s Lockview Gift Shop in Irquois, ON and Burchell’s Home Hardware in Cardinal, ON. Ask your favourite grocer for them.