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.

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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.

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Candles – Short Tapers

Candles - Short Tapers

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

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Candles – 6″ Tapers

Candles - 6" Tapers 4 Pack

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

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Candles – Tapers 4 Pack

Candles - Tapers 4 Pack

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

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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.

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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

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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

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Candle – Turkey

Candle - Turkey

Pure Bees Wax Turkey – Great place setting for Festive Dinners. Beautiful feather detail for this magestic bird. See pumpkin and corn cob candles for grouping. Cotton Wick. Approx size 9 cm x 5 cm. Package of 1

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Candle – Corn Cob

Candle - Corn Cob

Corn Cob so real it looks like you could eat it! Beautiful detail on this long burning candle. Pairs with Turkey and Pumpkin Candle for Thanksgiving / Harvest or Christmas Festivities. Approx size 4.5 cm x 16 cm. Pure bees wax with cotton wick. Approx burn time 45 – 50 hrs.

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Candle – Apple

Candle - Apple

Replica of an Okanagan Apple! Great teacher’s gift or souvenir of Kelowna. Light up your dinner table with flare! Pure bees wax with cotton wick. Approx. size 7 cm x 5 cm. Package of 1.

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Candles – Large Pillar

Candles - Large Pillar

Large Pure Bees Wax Pillar. Dramatic for living room or table. Create a center piece around this beautiful candle. Great for hostess gift. Approx. size 14 cm x 7.5 cm. Approx burn time 60 to 80 hours. Cotton wick. Package of 1.

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Candles – Two Bees Bee Hive

Candles - Two Bees Bee Hive

Lovely Bee Hive with 2 flying bees. Pairs well with Mini Bee Hive and/or Bee Hive with one flying bee. Ideal for gifting. Pure bees wax with cotton wick. Approx size 8 cm x 7.5 cm. Package of 1

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Candles – Large Bee Hive

Candles - Large Bee Hive

Old Fashioned Skep with Honey Sign. Ideal for table setting or as a nice way to say your are special! Pure bees wax with cotton wick. Approx. size 10 co x 7.75 cm. Package of 1.

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Candles – Bee Hive Votive 3 Pack

Candles - Bee Hive Votive 3 Pack

Bee Hives – Use like a votive. Excellent way to light up an evening or a bath tub! pure bees wax with cotton wick. Approx size 5 cm x 4.75 cm. Package of 3.

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Candles – Bee Hive Votive

Candles - Bee Hive Votive

Bee Hive Candle – Votive style with flare! Excellent way to light up an evening or bath tub! Approx. size 5 cm x 4.75 cm. Pure bees wax with cotton wick. Package of 1.

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Candles – Old Fashioned Skep

Candles - Old Fashioned Skep

Old Fashioned Skep with 2 flying bees. Beautiful to adorn coffee tables or center pieces. Perfect for gifting. Pure Bees wax with cotton wick. Size approx. 8 cm x 5 cm. Package of 1.

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Candle – Bee Hive Medium

Candle - Bee Hive Medium

Medium Bee Hive. Hive detail with one flying bee. Use the same as a votive. Size approx. 5.5 cm x 4.75 cm. Pure Bees wax with cotton wick.Package of 1.

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Candles – Mini Bee Hive 3 Pack

Candles - Mini Bee Hive 3 Pack

Mini Bee Hive with hive detail and 2 flying bees. Delightful for votive use. Gift baskets or group together instead of tea lights. Pure bees wax with cotton wick. Package of 3.

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Candles – Mini Bee Hive

Candles - Mini Bee Hive

Mini Bee Hive with hive detail and 2 flying bees. Delightful for votive use. Gift baskets or group together instead of tea lights. Pure bees wax with cotton wick. Size 4 cm x 3.5 cm. Package of 1.

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Candles – Flower or Honey Bee

Candles - Flower or Honey Bee

This beautiful little bee nestled on a flower is a unique votive. Can also be used as a floating candle. Ideal in gift baskets.

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Candles – Votive

Candles - Votive

Pure golden bees wax votives.

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Candles – 10″ Tapers

Candles - Tappers

Lovely golden yellow bees wax. 10 inch tapers clean the air while they burn. Sold in pairs.

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