Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

making the planet a better place one hive at a time.

Buy Fresh Buy Local June 30, 2010

Filed under: team awesome — queen frederica @ 11:39 pm

Where does your food come from? It seems to me that many people are becoming more concerned with the origin of their foods. I’ve started noticing much propaganda on food labels over the past 5 years or so years and have become more mindful. Who can we believe these days?


FoodRoute Network is a national non-profit organization that started out in Pennsylvania. Their goal is to encourage and stimulate food economies by including the local customers; you!  One of the more well known branches of this network is “Buy Fresh Buy Local” and there are several chapters nationwide. The big focus is on promoting sustainable agriculture by connecting farmers and consumers. Makes you think more about how your food was grown or how far it has traveled to you. Remember: fresh + local food = yummy in the tummy. Win for both you and the earth. 


This spring we became a partner of the Buy Fresh Buy Local St. Croix River Valley chapter. Feels good to be a drop in the bucket of bliss.








comb honey June 27, 2010

Filed under: bees,the goods — queen frederica @ 4:32 pm

June has been so gloomy and wet so it’s been tough for the bees to get out to collect everything to their liking. Although the moisture is bad for honey production, it’s good for making wax. Bees secrete wax from their abdomens and in order to do this they must drink a lot more water. In just one week our bees have drawn out a full super for comb honey. This is some serious work! With this sunny weather here to stay, we are anticipating comb honey in the very near future! yummmm


mini update June 25, 2010

Filed under: markets and events,the goods — queen frederica @ 9:49 pm

holymoly, I hope you all survived the storm today! Glad that it’s out of the way because tomorrow we are going to be up at Center City Days from 9-4. Yep, we are in it for the long haul.  Next week we will be back at the St. Croix Falls market.

Although a tiny bit crabby due to the crappy weather this month, the bees have finally been able to go out and collect nectar/pollens. We’ve got supers (boxes for honey) on our hives and hope that these sunny days can help the bees fill them up. Last week we put on our comb honey super. That’s right – comb honey, folks. Mmmmm.

Because we had such strong colonies over winter, the bees burst onto the scene this spring and brought in lots of nectar. We were able to extract about 50 pounds of spring honey last week without dipping into their hard earned winter supply. Nothing like the smell of fresh honey whirling out of the comb to the blasting speakers of the Rolling Stones. Oh yes.

Has anyone noticed the clover all over the roadsides? And thistles!  Hopefully July won’t be so rainy…


arts in the park June 14, 2010

Filed under: markets and events — queen frederica @ 8:49 pm

Tomorrow is the first Forest Lake Arts in the Park. Should be a great time  – who doesn’t like a lake with music and food in the summer? If you answered ‘me’ to that then you are a total fool. We will be there every Tuesday through August slingin’ honey and other bee goods. Location: Lakeside Park 5-8pm


Raw honey and allergies June 12, 2010

Filed under: the goods — queen frederica @ 1:59 pm

“Is it true that if I take a teaspoon or two of honey each day that it will help with my allergies??” Yes – and general well-being!

I’ve had many people asking me about eating honey to treat their allergies. I like to think of it as a natural, less painful and delicious vaccine. Raw honey has all the pollens, dusts and molds that cause about 90% of all allergies. By eating a small amount of it each day, you are putting those allergens in your body and building immunity. I doubt those prescription allergy pills are making your immune system stronger..
If you don’t really have allergies, it’s still not a bad idea to eat honey regularly. Raw honey doesn’t just have pollens in it but also propolis. Propolis is the resin and saps the bees collect from various trees to seal up their hive with. It has antibiotic, antiseptic, anitinflamitory  properties. I’ve even read about it being used as an antiviral remedy. So, basically, it has many healing porperties. The bees seem to know this and I trust them!

Back to daily honey.. If you are going to try using honey to cure your allergies this year, don’t just go to the grocery store and buy a bottle of the first honey you see. Make sure it’s: 1. Local! so that you are getting those pollens you are trying to build immnuity to. 2. Raw! Some people heat their honey to speed up the extraction process. When the honey is heated, all the goodness is killed off. 

Good luck with your allergies this year, folks!


state fair June 9, 2010

Filed under: team awesome,the goods — queen frederica @ 11:40 pm



It’s official! We are going to be doing a demonstration at the Minnesota State Fair this year. Mike and I are going to show how we make our lotions and lip balms. Making these products is really fun (at least I think so!) so I am very excited to be sharing it with everyone. We hope to see you down there! Exact times will be posted closer to date..


sweet clover in the tummy June 7, 2010

Filed under: food sources — queen frederica @ 4:02 pm

Although there are plenty of things out there for bees to collect from all spring and summer long, there are just a few nectar flows. A nectar flow is when the nectar is so plentiful that the bees can make and store surplus honey. Back in April we had our first nectar flow with the dandelion. Now we are coming into the clovers. Below, sweet yellow clover,  is what I’ve been starting to see up at Bone Lake Meadows:

There is also white sweet clover that is out but I haven’t gotten around to taking a picture of it. I started reading up about these wildflowers and was a bit bummed to find out that these sweet clovers are invasive species. However, they are a major source for the honey crop in our area of the country. Because of the different nectar flows all over the country, honey from Minnesota isn’t going to taste anything like the honey I got in Hawaii.