News From the Hive
Spring Flowers Bring Back Bees
In the Pacific Northwest, the opening of maple blossoms signal the beginning of the honey season. And the bees have been busy! The honey is in full flow, and our honeycomb is filling up fast. This is a good season to remember how important bees are, not just for honey, but for nearly all of the fruits and vegetables we find in our grocery stores. Our bees pollinate crops like apples, strawberries, cherries, almonds and broccoli - just to name a few. Foods like blueberries and plums are completely dependent on honeybee pollination. If it wasn’t for bees, nearly all of the fruit we enjoy all summer long would not be able to grow. And of course, we wouldn’t have our delicious honey, either!
It’s national pollinator week, which means it’s time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.
Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce.
Pollinating animals travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies in a vital interaction that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants – the very plants that
Put flower seeds in the ground- spring is a great time to plant flowers, which will make excellent forage for the bees in the summer months ahead.
Avoid spraying pesticides. Many pesticides are extremely toxic to honeybees and other beneficial insects. Bees are attracted to blooming flowers of all types. Spraying on the blooms can be devastating for a hive.
Support your local beekeepers by buying honey at Artie’s Harvest - check out our website at artiesharvest.com
Partner Spotlight - Fizzy Beez
LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam has released an incredible line of canned organic cocktails, Fizzy Beez - all of which are sweetened with Artie’s Harvest honey.
The Fizzy Beez lineup features classic cocktails such as Cosmo, Margarita, Moscow Mule and Mojito. Each cocktail is sweetened with ethically farmed organic honey, is gluten free and is 140 calories for each 12 ounce drink. Fizzy Beez was released in Ohio, and new launches to follow this year in Nevada, California, Arizona and Florida.
“During the COVID lockdown, my husband and I got tired of the ready to drink cocktails that had no flavor,” Sorenstam said. “After months of mixing and tasting with friends, we came up with drinks that have full flavor, but without all the calories and sugar.”
Fizzy Beez is a full-flavored canned cocktail with an ABV of 5%, 140 calories, and utilizes organic honey to make these drinks un-bee-lievably delicious. Fizzy Beez comes in 4-pack cans in 4 great flavors: Mojito, Cosmo, Margarita, and Moscow Mule.
The Fizzy Beez promise is to continually focus on helping the planet by employing sustainable business practices through recycling, supporting ethically farmed organic honey companies, like Artie’s Harvest.