The Queen Bee

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.

Spring of 2015 at the Farm

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!!

First Layer:
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.

Second Layer:
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.

Third Layer:
6 eggs whites
12 Tb. Spoons of sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla

Come celebrate the Day of the Honey Bee, May 25th, 2014

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!

2013 at a Glance

Arlos had some very exciting tours and visitors last year


Very popular were the young people’s tours.


A beautiful bee princess joined our group!


Not even rain could keep people away on Bee Day. We had a very successful Day of the Honey Bee with over $400 being donated to the Boon Hodgson Wilkinson Fund for bee research.


Winter losses were minimal so spring management was hectic. Splitting, supering, pollen traps, and an early honey flow kept us on our toes.


Healthy happy bees rewarded us, making lots of honey.


The season’s work is done and we have harvested a bumper crop of beautiful yummy honey..


Jelly squares – Voted the best treat at Bee Day – donated by Country Naturally.


OK – so there are no cows! But we did not disappoint this farmer.


Tasty treats from the field, so sweet cherry tomatoes – and the very best Blackberries.


Voted most likely to succeed – our youngest visiting farmer!


Farm fresh fruits, berries and vegetables – keep posted for seasonal specialities!


Garlic, garlic, garlic. We have over 45 varieties of this pungent bulb. Order early, we sell out. Garlic harvest is usually late June to early July. Then braiding, cleaning, racking and natural air drying takes place to preserve all of the natural flavour.



Special Events

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.


Spring !!

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.

Arlo’s Honey Farm YouTube Video

Here’s our video posted on YouTube. Here’s a link to our YouTube Channel

Welcome to Spring


We have had a very busy fall & winter – making new hives for our bees.


May 1st we are ready for visitors “All ages love the Bees”. The farm is open 6 days per aweek 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Suit Up an See the Bees – an exclusive tour offered by appointment only.

may004We are back at the Kelowna Farmers and Crafters Market – Every Wednesday and Saturday until October 31st.

You are invited: Open House to celebrate International Day of the Honey Bee
May 26th Sunday 11:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Tours, tastings, and entertainment!

Busy as a Bee!

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.



Happy Easter

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.



February is still Winter in the Okanagan

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



Looking Back at 2011

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!





Spring has Sprung

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

Arlos Honey Farm Kelowna BC

February News

feb_6,_2011_003February 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.

Happy New Year

may_9_078_(2)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!