Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

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

2011 state fair August 23, 2011

Filed under: markets and events,the goods — queen frederica @ 8:07 am

hey party people! It’s that time of year again for the Great Minnesota Get Together. Mike and I will being doing a demonstration on how to make beeswax cosmetics at ‘The Dirt’ stage in the same agriculture building as the other bee stuff. If you don’t make it out for our demo, at least try to stop and check out other honey and bee stuff because the MN Hobby Beekeepers do a great job showing all things honeybees.

Looking forward to getting my fill on mini donuts this year and seeing you all down there thus Saturday!

Saturday August 27 2:00pm at The Dirt stage.


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..


battles, beeswax and bongo the dog April 4, 2011

Filed under: the goods — queen frederica @ 2:41 pm

poochms Bongo

This is the happy doggins, Bongo. He gladly escorts us around to hives throughout the season, making sure to clean up any spilled wax chunks or honey along the way. He usually keeps critters at bay around the yard but with this winter’s unforgiving temperatures, this pooch hasn’t had as much time outside as he’d like. Now that spring is here, everyone in the natural world is out and about looking for whatever they can get to hold them over for the next few weeks.

Just last week we had a couple raccoons scoping out some hives. Usually, they walk to the hive entrance, knock a few times until bees fly out to see what it is and CHOMP, we are down a bee or three.. The raccoons will do this until they’ve had enough. Imagine this over time – particularly in winter. It’s something we need to keep an eye on and also be prepared for. A common way to prevent this is with a board we place in front of the hive. We pound several nails into the board so they are sticking up, ready to poke into paws of the intruder.


With the warming temperatures, Bongo has been spending more time outside establishing his turf again. On a midnight romp the other day he crossed paths with feisty raccoon lingering around the bee yard. They battled it out and poor Bongo came back to the house with a chunk of his neck missing.

punk from north country

I’d post a picture of the wound but it’s pretty nasty so I will save you the sight. After cleaning it out, Mike used some of our natural beeswax lotion to help ease the pain and soothe the wound. It seems to be working because Bongo isn’t too concerned with the missing patch of skin and fur on his neck. Just a coupe days later it is scabbed up and healing nicely.

I’ve enjoyed making these natural cosmetics but it’s even better when you get to see them proving their medicinal properties to be true. Beeswax has several natural healing properties, particularly with skin conditions. It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial qualities as well as vitamin A (promotes cell reproduction) greatly speeds up recovery time. Also, don’t forget that raw honey has similar (and more) healing properties. I use it on cuts all the time. Give it a try~~






chapped lips January 18, 2011

Filed under: the goods — queen frederica @ 11:53 am

Chapped lips in winter are¬†inevitable in cold climates. I thought I was in the clear, being in Hawaii and all, but no! Over the weekend I went to one of my favorite beaches and got some major sun.. on my lips! Can’t say I’ve ever had a sunburn on my lips.


Anyhow, it’s now a fact that not only does our lip balm kick major butt in the chapped lip department, but it also heals sunburnt lips! Maybe it’s because each tube of lip balm is made of all natural ingredients and hand poured right here at Bone Lake Meadows.. ¬† ; )


the lotion 101 August 24, 2010

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

Hey All,

Mike and I will be demonstrating how we make our all natural lotions and lip balms from beeswax and other goodies. 1pm in the agriculture horticulture building. There will be all kinds of interesting bee demos before and after us so make sure to stop by. If you don’t want to learn how we concoct the beeswax cosmetics, at least stop by for some mildly sarcastic humor.

After the demo, you will find me eating as many mini donuts as possible and then stompin’ at the grandstand. Boy oh boy, do I love the fair! See you there~


comb honey August 19, 2010

Filed under: the goods — queen frederica @ 8:00 am

Comb honey is off the hive and in packages for sale now. I will have it at the markets this coming week – get some before it’s gone!

yum yum , eat your heart out!