Fresh creamed honey is now available including Pumpkin Spice and Cinnamon
Spring seems to be coming early this year and its always a busy time for the bees. They’re out pollinating so we can have delicious fruits, veggies and berries, not to mention beautiful flowers. Many veggies are coming along; spinach, baby kale, rhubarb, radishes, sorrel, loveage, parsley and baby cos. The shell-peas almost ready as well as things like strawberries, and soon the raspberries will be coming too!
This shows some honey bees pollinating the golden raspberries here at the farm.
And here the strawberries just needing to ripen!
Another one of our passions – the delicate Hummingbird. For the past several seasons, we have had the pleasure of enjoying these wonderful little birds. Several different varieties make Arlo’s Honey Farm their summer home. They enjoy many of the same flowers as the Honey Bees and can feed on many of the flowers too small for the Honey Bees to extract the nectar from. The trellis’s of Honey Suckle, the Lobelia, and Fuchsias to name a few. With summer not too far off, we have decided to share our wonderful little birds with our visitors. Arlo’s Honey Farm will now have a “Hummingbird Observation Area” from which guests can enjoy the delight of the Hummingbirds feeding. This will be a quiet area and we will ask your respect to keep it that way when you visit.
Where are the honey bees in the winter? What happens inside the hive? What effect does the snow and cold have on them? Will they be alive in spring? Honey bees cluster in the winter. As the days get short and colder the bees snuggle down into the hive to keep warm and keep close to their store of honey. We wrap the hives with plumber’s insulation to help keep the hive temperature steady and not fluctuating on warm or very cold days. Bees with an adequate supply of honey and a strong Queen Bee, and no evidence of disease or mites will weather the winter well. Snow can help to insulate the hive but the entrances should be cleaned of snow and ice as well as any dead bees or debris. Yes, during the winter the older worker bees will perish and the younger stronger bees will move them to the entrance in order to get them out of the hive. The bees will become active when the day time temperatures increase and the sun shine returns.
Have you ever burned a real bees wax candle? If not make it a New Year’s Resolution or put “light a bees wax candle” on your bucket list for 2016! The sweet earthy scent of the bee hive will tantalize your nostrils. The soft glow of the flame will illuminate the room. It is hypnotic, romantic and very relaxing! Environmentally friendly, long burning and clean. Enjoy this gift from the bees.
Our fields at Arlo’s Honey Farm have exploded with produce. The much needed rain is feeding the field’s with moisture. At Arlo’s Honey Farm, we have Green Kale, Fresh Snow Peas, Spring Onions, Red and White, Red Rhubarb, Baby Beets and Beet Greens. Garlic Scapes and yes – yes – Fresh Garlic – the first of the season!
Watch for our first cabbage – it is coming soon. Arlo’s Honey Farm is a mosaic of blossoms for the bees. Purple Robe Locust, Elderberry, Cat Mint, and the new Phacellia planting is enjoying the rain too!
Picking days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call – 250-764-2883 the night before for the freshest produce you buy!
At Arlo’s Honey Farm we import our Queen Bess from Kona, Hawaii. Why? Arlo’s Honey Farm needs Queen Bees before they are available locally. This allows us to create the strong and industrious hives we need to produce our extraordinary honey. The Queen Bees leave Hawaii by air, arrive in Spruce Grove, Alberta where they go through a process of bio security and are then shipped by air to Kelowna. As quickly as possible, we introduce these Queen Bees to our hives that have been prepared to receive them. Once this process is complete, the new Queen will start to lay some 1700 to 2000 eggs per day to keep the hive at maximum capacity. The worker bees, will feed her, groom her and attend her every need. Abundant pollen sources are necessary for the Queen Bee. At Arlo’s Honey Farm, we love dandelions. Yes, the sometimes dreaded dandelion, is the King of Foods for the Queen Bee. The high protein content of dandelions keeps her and the baby bees healthy and strong. The Queen Bee will live from 2 to 4 years.
Arlo’s Honey Farm is bursting into spring! The honey Bees have wintered exceptionally well with very minimal loss. It is a very challenging time in the bee yard with strong hives, and floral sources everywhere.
Along with bee management it is a time of planting in the fields. While carrots and beets just poke through the soil, the radishes are ready! Spinach very close to picking and the peas are ready for the catch wires. Cabbage, Kale and Broccoli have been transplanted to the field but our green house is still bursting at the seams with plants to be planted out. Lettuce and garlic greens are make for a savory salad topped with chives and radish. The first succulent taste of spring local greens.
This week’s feature is Red Rhubarb. Called the Queen of Pies, this vegetable is high in Vitamin C, dietary fibre, a good source of potassium, some calcium and low in sodium. One cup contains only 26 calories! Rhubarb has many many uses in the kitchen and medicine cabinet. The roots of the Rhubarb produce a rich brown dye similar to walnut husks.
Rhubarb can be stored refrigerated for 2 – 4 weeks, canned, frozen or dried. This was a staple for our pioneers and the Rhubarb’s versatility keeps its place in our diets.
Sauces, pies, tarts, juice, sorbet, ice cream, glazes, salsas, dressings and even wine!
Recipe: Favorite Rhubarb Cake from Hilda Houde
**While this cake is made in 3 stages it is well worth the time and a dinner party or afternoon tea show stopper!!
1 cup of butter
2 cups of flour
2 Tbs spoons of sugar
Mix together, and press into a 9 x 13 pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350 F.
5 cups of Rhubarb – cut fine
6 Egg yolks – beaten
2 cups of sugar
4 Tbs spoons of Flour
¼ tsp salt
1 cup of cream
Mix all ingredients well, pour onto baked crust and bake 40 minutes or until firm
at 350 F.
6 eggs whites
12 Tb. Spoons of sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla
Come celebrate the Day of the Honey Bee, May 25th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tours, Tastings, Fun and Entertainment!
We proudly put together this special order for the Karis Society Fund Raiser held at the beautiful Bottega Inn.
And a request from the joint effort of Interior Health and BC Hyrdo put us to the test of our creativity to provide these amazing hand crafted gift baskets.
February 23, 2014- There is some 3 to 4 inches of snow covering everything but the Rosemary is up and fairing well!
Soon, the bees will emerge and our year will start all over again. Hopefully with the continued success of last year, healthy bees, bountiful honey crops, fields ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables, and the support of all our visitors and customers.
Here’s our video posted on YouTube. Here’s a link to our YouTube Channel
May 26th Sunday 11:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Tours, tastings, and entertainment!
With the Pussy Willows in full bloom and all of the wonders of spring, the bees are voracious for pollen and nectar.
Some of our finest are being transported to their summer home in the sweet meadows of wildflowers, wild roses and elderberry. With the moderate temperature and spring rain we are looking for an excellent year once again!
Be sure to celebrate the International Day of the Honey Bee on May 29th and be sure to check out our festival held May 27th, Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m.
Coming soon – new additions to our soap & candles.
This is April 3rd and the bee yard looks like July except for the tell-tale yellow crocus blooming in the bee yard!
We are happy to report our bees wintered extremely well, have been tested for Nosema and are clean so once again as the photo will attest – we have happy healthy bees!
Even with late spring, the pollen is coming in so now all we need is lots of fly time and good nectar sources.
Be sure to mark your calendar: Farmer’s Market starts outdoors – April 4th
Arlo’s Opening Day – May 10th
Arlo’s Open House – International Day of the Honey Bee May 27th.
Our bees are still snuggled in their wraps for the winter. We have had a relatively mild winter but there is still a couple months to go.
With the Canadian Culinary Championship Gold Metal Plates being held here in Kelowna, Arlo’s Honey Farm had the pleasure of attending a special welcome event for the judges. We represented our farm with a honey tasting and complimentary samples of our Wildflower Honey. Chef Mark Filatow featured our precious Elderflower Honey in dessert and gave us the floor to describe how we acquired it.
Be sure to mark your calendar:
Arlo’s Honey Farm Opening – May 10th, 2012
Arlo’s Open House – May 27
2011 was a notable year for us – our first Open House for International Day of the Honey Bee, healthy over wintered bees, strong populations, and a phenomenal year for honey!
Finally, we have some nice weather and the honey bees are able to enjoy the crocus.
The snow has just left the fields and we are feeling the + 9 to +11 C that we need to check in on the honey bees.
We have wintered well! The honey bees are strong and anxious to find any kind of nectar or pollen.
Our early sources include hazelnut, pussy willow, the crocus and heather.
Mark Your Calender:
April 2 – Farmer’s Market
May 14 – Arlo’s Opening
May 29 – Open House and Bee Day at Arlos
February looks just like January! The soft sound of buzzing bees and the wafting of nectar scented flowers for honey making will still be awhile. There is good news: the bees hunkered down in their warm hives have wintered well. Please remember to mark you calendar for our coming events.
Arlo’s Honey Farm would like to take a moment to reflect back on our year 2010. Thank you to all of our visitors to the beautiful Okanagan and thank you to all of our clientelle for making this an exciting and wonderful year. With the hectic holiday behind us we look forward to a busy New Year.
The snow is gently falling, once again, but the bees are clustered tightly around the Queen Bee in warm insulated hives. the bees will remain this way until the hope of spring is in the air. In the mean time, on a warm and sunny day, the worker bees will take a short cleansing flight but quickly return to the warmth of the hive.
Mark Your Calendar!
April 2, 2011 – Saturday – The return of Arlo’s Honey to Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market
May 14, 2011 – Saturday – Opening Day – Arlo’s Honey Farm
May 29, 2011 – Sunday – Special Event – Arlo’s Honey Farm Honoring The Day of the Honey Bee!