You buy a cider doughnut at the apple orchard and they quickly find you. Your kid opens a sports drink at the soccer field and they show up. You dine on the deck on a warm afternoon and sure enough, there they are. This time of year, bees and wasps seem to be everywhere. Why won’t they buzz off?
In late summer and fall, worker bees labor long hours, collecting enough nectar to feed and maintain the colony throughout the winter. Bees visit flowers to obtain carbohydrates (nectar) and protein (found in the pollen). Late-blooming flowers that feed the bees include asters, chrysanthemums, goldenrod and Russian sage.
As the days shorten, the bees know it’s time to go into this food-gathering mode, if supplies run low during the winter, beekeepers can feed bees various sugary concoctions—for example, sugar syrup, corn syrup or granulated sugar in the form of sugar boards. But wild bees are out of luck in this regard. Their colonies may not survive if they didn’t make adequate preparations.
For the most part, bees hunker down and stay in the hives all winter. On unseasonably warm winter days, they will come out to remove waste from their abdomens and the hive, clean themselves, and forage. Of course, there isn’t much to forage in the dead of winter so provisions gathered in fall are critical to the success of the hive.
So when you’re at the pumpkin patch this weekend, don’t be nervous. The bees are just checking you out, and will leave you alone as soon as they realize you’re not a food source.
You’ve heard it everywhere. Save the bees! But you wonder… what does that mean? How can I make an impact? Why should I care?
We started Bench’s Bees & Honey to not only provide tasty raw local honey to our community but to also preserve an ages old relationship between the honey bee and humans. In the past couple years there has been an awareness that has risen to protect and preserve the honey bees. For many years colonies have been dying and there are many beekeepers who have retired or just given up. In our local area there are very few apiaries left. We are all dependent on the honey bee for pollination of plants and trees. Here at Bench’s Bees & Honey, we are trying to do our part by helping to preserve the local honey bee.
Bench’s Bees & Honey is located next to many local parks, reserves and other conservation land. We are located in a rural farm community with lots of clover, alfalfa and other flowering crop fields. There are many local orchards nearby. All of which are perfect habitats for honey bees. Bench’s Bees & Honey uses local community ties to build a business that not only helps us grow financially but that also gives back to the community and helps the environment.
So… what can you do to help? Simple! Bees are suffering from malnutrition, and planting bee-friendly flowers gives them a place to nourish themselves and their hive.
Plan for blooms season-round. Plant at least three different types of flowers to ensure blooms through as many seasons as possible, thus providing bees with a constant source of food. For example:
- Crocus, hyacinth, borage, calendula, and wild lilac provide enticing spring blooms.
- Bees feast on bee balm, cosmos, echinacea, snapdragons foxglove, and hosta in the summer.
- For fall, zinnias, sedum, asters, witch hazel and goldenrod are late bloomers that will tempt foragers.
Select single flower tops such as daisies and marigolds, rather than double flower tops such as double impatiens. Double headed flowers look showy but produce much less nectar and make it much more difficult for bees to access pollen.
Rethink your lawn. Replace part or all of your front lawn grass with flowering plants, which provides can you buy isotretinoin in canada and other wildlife.
Live in a home without a garden? You need only a small plot of land—it can even be a window container or rooftop—to create an inviting oasis for bees. Every little bit can help to nurture bees and other pollinators.
Why should you care? Bees are responsible for pollinating one in every three bites of food we consume. Sadly, because of pesticides, parasites and malnutrition, bees are dying off—jeopardizing the production of food that sustains human life.
Experts say bee populations have declined dramatically in the last decade. One threat is Colony Collapse Disorder, in which bees abruptly abandon their hives. Recently, millions of honeybees were killed as a side-effect of spraying pesticides to combat the spread of Zika virus in South Carolina.
These pollinators, who are essential to agriculture, need to have their numbers built back up, said Arik Bench of Bench’s Bees and Honey, who comes from an extended family of farmers. “People don’t realize how much our food supplies depend upon it.” While some plants can self-pollinate, the majority need assistance in transferring pollen to help with reproduction.
According to the San Francisco-based nonprofit Pollinator Partnership, pollinators help to produce one of every three bites of our food. One of the important ways consumers can help the bee population to thrive, the group says, is to support area beekeepers by purchasing local honey for eating, cooking, and baking.
On that note, here are four recipes you’ll want to add to your family cook’s “honey do” list.
Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon is a simple entrée that seems very sophisticated. It’s short and sweet with a bit of heat and takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish.
Honeyed Nut and Pomegranate Pots are small parfaits with a base of wheat cereal and chopped pistachios that’s like a simplified version of beloved Greek pastries (but without all the work). This layer is topped with a cloud of whipped cream, for a dessert that’s sweet but not heavy.
Apple, Ricotta, and Honey Muffins with Sesame Seed Crunch are tender and moist, slightly sticky, and finger-licking good.
• Bench’s Bees and Honey sells its jars at Bench Farms, 9151 Jerusalem Rd., Curtice; Miller’s Market, 22361 W. Holt Harrigan Rd., Genoa; Smokey’s BBQ Roadhouse, 2080 Woodville Rd., Oregon; Fowl and Fodder, 7408 Central Ave.; and the Perrysburg Farmers’ Market, Indiana Ave. at Louisiana Ave., from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 13. A one-pound jar costs $7; a two-pound jar is $12.
Almond and Honey Butter Cookies are shortbread tidbits with a drop of honey in the center. Vary the flavor, from mild to robust, to suit your own tastes by choosing a light or dark variety.
Pay COD for isotretinoin without prescriptionChipotle honey glazed salmon.
THE BLADE/LORI KING
Chipotle Honey Glazed Salmon
4 4-ounce salmon fillets with skin
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons chipotle sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
Rice, for serving
Guacamole, for serving
Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper. Whisk together the honey and chipotle sauce.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the salmon skin side up for 2 minutes, then carefully flip it over and cook for another 2 minutes. Lower heat to medium and brush the salmon with the honey glaze. Continue to cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, brushing with more glaze, until salmon is just cooked through.
Serve salmon over rice, topped with a dollop of guacamole.
Yield: 4 servings
Source: Adapted from Marnely Murray, cookingwithbooks.net
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Honeyed Nut and Pomegranate Pots
1/3 cup crushed mini shredded wheat biscuits
1 cup shelled roasted pistachios plus extra for garnish, chopped
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
Juice of 1/2 orange
1 cup whipping cream
1 5.3-ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
In a bowl, mix the shredded wheat with 1 cup pistachios, 1/3 cup honey, and the orange juice; divide between 8 dessert glasses.
Whip the cream until very softly whipped, then fold in the yogurt, remaining honey, and vanilla.
Divide this between the glasses, too. Chill for at least 2 hours, up to 24 hours.
Before serving, top with pomegranate seeds and more pistachios.
Yield: 8 servings
Source: Adapted from Cassie Best, bbcgoodfood.com
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Apple, Ricotta, and Honey Muffins with Sesame Seed Crunch
4 1/2 ounces flour
4 1/2 ounces white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 medium-size crisp apples, peeled, cored, grated
5 1/2 ounces ricotta cheese
1/4 cup raisins, light or dark
3 tablespoons honey
4 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 1/2 ounces apple juice
4 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 ounces sesame seeds
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
Put the flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon into a mixing bowl and combine. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, apples, ricotta, raisins, and 3 tablespoons honey. Add the wet mix to the dry mix; stir in the butter and juice.
Mix the remaining honey and the sesame seeds together.
Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared tin, then spoon about a teaspoon of the sesame crunch over the center of each muffin (it will spread a bit). Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 15 minutes, then remove from the tin.
Yield: 12 muffins
Source: Adapted from Dan Doherty, Toast Hash Roast Mash
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Almond and Honey Butter Cookies
1 cup whole almonds
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup honey, divided
1/3 cup oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter or margarine, at room temperature, divided
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Finely grind the almonds in a food processor or blender. Transfer to a large bowl and add flour, baking powder, and salt; stir until just combined. Beat 2/3 cup honey, oil, and 3 tablespoons butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add egg and vanilla; beat until blended. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir to combine. Wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Press the tip of your index finger in the center of each cookie to make a deep indentation. Bake the cookies until they are set and golden on the bottom, 12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool for 30 minutes.
Whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup honey, 1 tablespoon butter, and powdered sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Dollop about 1/4 teaspoon into the indentation in each cookie; let set for one hour. Store in a single layer.
Yield: About 6 1/2 dozen cookies
Source: Adapted from eatingwell.com
A bit ago Bench’s Bees & Honey were featured in a piece by the Toledo Blade about local apiaries. We got to show off our mad beekeeping skills and model our fetching bee suits as you see below.
“Arik Bench of Bench’s Bees and Honey at 231 S. Decant Rd. in Curtice spent 20 years as a tool and die maker, helping out at his family members’ farms as needed but not farming full-time. His parents, David and Cindy, own Bench Farms at 9151 Jerusalem Rd. in Curtice; his brother Kurt and sister-in-law Corinna own Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore.
Three years ago, Mr. Bench and a friend took the initial steps toward beekeeping. But it was only this year that he and his wife, Beth, decided that it was time to “make a run with the honey,” he said.
Mr. Bench learned a tremendous amount and also acquired equipment from Lyle Keller of Arcadia, a local expert who has kept bees for 40 years. Now Bench’s Bees has nearly 60 hives split between two nearby locations, one near a lake.
Beekeeping started as a hobby, and “this is our first year selling” the honey that their bees have produced, he said. It is available both at his parents’ farm stand and at their table at the Perrysburg Farmers’ Market, which continues until Oct. 13.
Bench’s Bees has Russian bees and also Italian ones, which are less hardy but “better honey producers.” Mrs. Bench said that some people will insulate their apiaries with wraps for the winter. Instead, she and her husband “wanted locations protected from the north and the east, especially,” she said, to help as a buffer against the weather.
Arik Bench said bees need to be able to get outside, even in the winter. They exercise and they also need to be able to find water.
As for the honey their bees have produced, “we don’t pasteurize or anything,” he said. “We run it through a 200 micron filter, then a 400 micron filter, and that’s it.”
“I like doing the all-natural stuff,” Mr. Bench said.”
Welcome to our hive!
The demand for raw local honey is very strong. There is a re-emergence of the buy local movement and what better to buy local then raw local honey!
In the past couple years there has been an awareness that has risen to protect and preserve the honey bees. For many years colonies have been dying and there are many beekeepers who have retired or simply given up. In our local area there are very few apiaries left and we are doing our part to help preserve the local honey bee. We are all dependent on the honey bee for pollination of our crops, plants, and trees.
Bees will always be around and they will always be producing honey. The honey and bee industry is only limited by our own imagination on how to use this amazing product. Beekeeping is something that has become a passion for us and we are so blessed to make a living doing something that we love.
From our honey house to your home,
Arik & Beth Bench