Strawberry Season is underway at our family farm: Fruition Berry Farm in Kingston and we finally have some honey for sale! Visit the farm at 3208 Hughes Road during regular picking hours (8:00am - 8:00pm Mon - Fri, 8:00am - 4:00pm Sat, 10:00am - 4:00pm Sun) for berries, veggies and fresh honey. Picking conditions permitting so please check Fruition.ca for daily updated information.
Winter is waning. During a pleasant day last week (above freezing!) I took a quick peek under the lid of a few beehives to see if the bees survived the cold weather.
There was a surprising amount of activity under the insulated top covers that I opened. It's still to early to crack the propolis seal on the main brood/super boxes but to see how their winter food supply is holding up - but the vitality that I witnessed is definitely encouraging.
I'll keep you updated at we slowly approach the Canadian spring.
Upbeat headline regarding the rising number of beehives and increased honey production last year (2015) in Canada:
The Canadian beekeeping industry is buzzing over new numbers that show honey production is up to its highest level in nine years.
New figures from Statistics Canada show beekeepers produced 95.3 million pounds of honey in 2015, an increase of 11.4 per cent from the previous year.
However, the article later states that the reason for the increase in bee population is “largely due to milder temperatures last winter that reduced losses, mainly in the Prairies.” The factors decimating “wild bee” populations in Canada (and around the world) including overuse of neonicotinoids, CCD and varroa mites continue to be unresolved.