We’re Now Taking Orders for Garlic Seed!

 

 

If you’re looking to grow your own garlic, we’ve got you covered!

With dozens of garlic varieties available, there’s something for everyone. Place your order now to get the garlic seeds you want –  popular varieties sell out fast!

 

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Fresh Produce!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Currently, we have:

 

~ Blueberries

~ Cherries

~ Garlic

~ Raspberries

~ Zucchini

 

 

 

 

We’re Open Canada Day Long Weekend!

Our farm will be open Canada Day long weekend, including Sunday!

🐝Hope you’ll bee there! 🐝

A Special International Bee Day!

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A big thank you to South Rutland Elementary for your generous donation on International Bee Day to the Boone Hodgson Wilkinson Trust for bee education and research!

We’re Open Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Arlo’s Honey Farm will be open Victoria Day long weekend including Sunday, May 21st!

Celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday by supporting our Queen Bees! 👑  🐝

Have A Sweet Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th! What better way to say “I love you” than with Arlo’s Pure Honey 💛

Come by our farm before Sunday to treat her to local honey or soaps and candles made with love from our pure beeswax!

We’re Officially Open For The Season!

Arlo’s Honey Farm is now open!

Come on by Arlo’s Honey Farm to check out our honey, pure beeswax candles, soaps, jams, jellies, and more!

We have a variety of different types of honey including Raw & Unfiltered, Wildflower, Noir, Elderberry, Linden, and Creamed. Our honey infusions include Vanilla, Lemon, Lavender, Cinnamon, Anise, and Ginger.

Book a tour to discover the world of bees!

Come Visit Us At Peter’s YIG!

Come visit us Saturday, April 22 at Peter’s Your Independent Grocer to help them celebrate their 2nd anniversary! We’ll be giving away free wildflower seeds with your purchase of Arlo’s Honey so you can do your part to support the bees!

Peter’s YIG Kelowna:
1835 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2S3
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Creamed Honey

Fresh creamed honey is now available including Pumpkin Spice and Cinnamon

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Pollination time!

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!

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This shows some honey bees pollinating the golden raspberries here at the farm.

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And here the strawberries just needing to ripen!

Hummingbird Observation

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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.

Winter Time in the Bee Yard

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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.

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Pure Bees Wax Candles

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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.

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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 Garlicthe 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 – info@arloshoneyfarm.com or call – 250-764-2883  the night before for the freshest produce you buy!

Elderberry

Bees Love Elderberry

 

The Queen Bee at Arlo’s

The Queen Bee

Photo by Michael Yan

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

Ornaments

Candles - Ornaments

Lovely pure bees wax ornaments. Miniature Christmas items to hang on your tree or around the house. Set of 12 includes: 2 stars, bell, angel, santa, bear, 2 wreaths, bow, snow man, poinsettia, and Christmas tree. Sizes vary – approx 4 .cm x 2 cm. Great gift idea.

Price: Contact for Price

Angels

Candles - Angels

Delicate pure bees wax Angels with gold cord to hang. Approx size 6 cm x 4cm. These lovely angels can adorn your window or a festive tree. Sold as set of 3.

Price: Contact for Price

Candles – Short Tapers

Candles - Short Tapers

Short tapers – 6 inch pure bees wax with cotton wick. Set of 2

Price: Contact for Price

Candles – 6″ Tapers

Candles - 6" Tapers 4 Pack

Short Tapers – 6 inch pure bees wax tapers with cotton wick. Set of 4.

Price: Contact for Price

Candles – Tapers 4 Pack

Candles - Tapers 4 Pack

Tapers – 10.5 inch Pure Bees Wax with cotton wick set of 4.

Price: Contact for Price

Candles – Bear & Bee Hive

Candles - Bear & Bee Hive

Sculptured Bear with Bee Hive and Flying Bee – Add to your bee hive collection! Pure Bees Wax with cotton wick. Approx size 5.5 cm x 4.5 cm. Package of 1.

Price: Contact for Price

Candles – Large Bee

Candles - Large Bee

Pure Bees Wax Bee – Novelty Bee is a unique candle decor for side tables, coffee tables or in a group for a dramatic focal piece. Cotton wick. Approx size 3.5 cm x 9.5 cm. Package of 1

Price: Contact for Price

Candles – Large Pumpkin

Candles - Large Pumpkin

This beautiful pure bees wax pumpkin will adorn your side table with soft light and the one of a kind honey and wax scent. Pair with corn cob and turkey for a festive event. Approx size 6cm x 11.5 cm. Cotton wick. Package of 1

Price: Contact for Price