Thank the Honey Bee

November 2, 2017

 

The importance of honey bees to our way of live cannot be overstated. Bees pollinate 71 out of the 100 or so crops that we rely upon for 90% of our food. From our earliest beginnings at Bee America, we have been committed to sweetening life with the goodness of pure American honey. We are passionate about preserving the future of honeybees and their place in our world.

Small, local apiaries, like Bee America, can offer customers the confidence of knowing exactly how the bees are treated, what sustainable land-management practices are utilized, the nutritional quality of the honey, and how it is harvested. By buying honey and honey products from these apiaries, consumers are making an environmentally critical decision to support sources of natural ingredients.

In this season of gratitude, we wanted to share with you how bees make your Thanksgiving feast possible. Let’s start with turkeys. Wild turkeys are omnivores that feed on a variety of seeds, fruits and insects, which are all part of a complex food web that is dependent upon pollinators. Domestic turkeys are raised on various grains and legumes, which are also pollinated by bees. Free range turkeys have the most diverse diet—including being able to forage in fruit orchards, which rely on bees and other insects for their bounty.

No Thanksgiving Day feast would be complete without stuffing. While every stuffing recipe is unique, onions, herbs and spices are common ingredients—all of which exist because of pollination performed by bees.

And, all the delicious vegetable dishes and casseroles we enjoy every November would be sorely lacking without bees to pollinate those crops and increase their yield. The same goes for cranberries, which are a staple at the Thanksgiving table.

Pumpking Pie and other Thanksgiving Desserts Owe Their Existence to Honey

Pumpkins, apples and pecans also all need bees for pollination—so without them, we would say goodbye to yummy pumpkin, apple and pecan pies.

Given how much bees enrich our lives and holiday traditions, we wanted to create an opportunity for you to help them. With each purchase you make at Bee America in November, we will donate 10% of the sale to Heifer International. This donation will support Heifer International’s efforts toward helping families in developing countries become self-sustaining by supplying them with bees and the necessary equipment and training to take care of them. These bees can help to almost double the yield of fruit and vegetable crop production as well as provide a source of family income through the sale of honey, comb and beeswax.

About Heifer International:

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, we empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.

With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer projects help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as "living loans" because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal's offspring to another family in need. It's called Passing on the Gift—a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.

About Bee America:

We started raising bees when our children were very young and, as they have grown, so has the size of our apiary. From our earliest beginnings at Bee America, we have been committed to sweetening life with the goodness of pure American honey. 

We are passionate about preserving the future of honeybees in Montgomery County and their place in our world. Small, local apiaries, like Bee America, can offer customers the confidence of knowing exactly how the bees are treated, what sustainable land-management practices are utilized, the nutritional quality of the honey, and how it is harvested.

By buying honey and honey products from these apiaries, consumers are making an environmentally critical decision to support sources of natural ingredients. The importance of honey bees to our way of live cannot be overstated. Bees pollinate 71 out of the 100 or so crops that we humans rely upon for 90% of our food. Bee America believes that every person can have a positive impact on the health and very survival of honeybees. For more information about Bee America, read the Meet the Makers Blog from the Montgomery County Food Council.

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