Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

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

current nectar and pollen May 18, 2011

Filed under: food sources,springtime happenings — queen frederica @ 10:04 pm

This is what our bees are after recently here in Scandia.

dandelions coming to and end

wild plums in the middle of their bloom

apple blossoms just starting to open up today

These 3 things make particularly amazing honey.


apples almost in bloom May 17, 2011

Filed under: food sources,orchard — queen frederica @ 7:22 am

Last night we took a quick ride up to the orchard to check the bees. We’ve got 4 hives up there and they all doing well with all the food out there for them. Lots of nectar and pollen coming in from the dandelions, wild plums and wild mustard that are in bloom. In about two days the apples will be in bloom –thank goodness the forecast calls for clear skies! Let’s hope it stays that way — last year wasn’t the best of years with that snow/rain crap during the bloom. ¬†Here’s to 2011 rocking the free world up at the orchard!


b - 2 days.


credit cards May 15, 2011

Filed under: the goods — queen frederica @ 8:56 am

Bone Lake Meadows is now accepting credit cards for those of you afar or cashless.


Midwest Living Feature May 9, 2011

Filed under: markets and events,team awesome,the goods — queen frederica @ 9:12 pm

It all started out last year as an email sent out to a small list of beekeepers outside the Twin Cities here in Minnesota. After a bit of information on what we do, where and Mike’s good looks, we were selected to be the faces of a spread on honey for Midwest Living magazine. It’s in the May/June 2011 issue:

We are just small-town beekeepers doing what we love. We never though in a million years that anything like this would fall in our laps. It did and it’s been fun working with them and even more exciting to see our bees, honey and gardens published in the article. [Check out those sunflowers!!]


As if the honey article with the fruits of our (and the bees) labor, Midwest Living also wanted to include our honey in a Midwestern honey sampler pack for their online marketplace. For those of you interested, click Here.

I am grateful for this opportunity and exposure with Midwest Living, as it documented one hell of a first year of beekeeping. Thank you! — And I was happy with the knowledge Mike jammed into my brain all summer that produced award winning honey at the state fair.

“Go big or go home” right? And we sure aren’t going home..


Mother’s Day weekend happenings May 8, 2011

Filed under: bees,food sources,springtime happenings — queen frederica @ 12:19 pm

bee and soul food

Spring has kept us on our toes here at Bone Lake Meadows. It’s been a slow start but it seems like the weather is taking a turn for the better and might stop getting so dang chilly. It’s the crap weather that really makes you see just how hardy the breeds of bees we work with are. Our highest survival rate has been with Italian bees. Posted below is a video of a very strong colony that survived winter. (Video taken after a spit)

This colony is what we look for in a strong colony of bees: gentle, prolific, large honey producers,¬†hygienic and beautiful. Winter losses are hard but if it leaves you with bees like these, we can’t complain. We know that the bees that survived winter are very strong and won’t go down easily. This video demonstrates survival of the fittest. These bees are ready to kick butt and take names this year!

Weather reporters have been taking about the high pollen counts — beekeepers can’t be happier!! Excellent for raising healthy and happy bees! Willows are not only beautiful right now, but a great pollen source for the bees right now.

willow next to the chicken coop