With our warmer weather and the sun actually making appearances, the bees are really starting to get out more and we were pleased to see that they were carrying pollen into their hives! These shots are from our weekend visit out to the Capote bee yard though Mark told me this evening that the bees at Elm Creek and Big Oaks yards were also bringing in a good amount of pollen themselves. Great news – that means spring is near. Not sure where they are finding the pollen but they are so good at it. Even though we cannot see what the source is right now (nothing visible we can determine for sure), at least the bees are able to find it.
While the bees busily collected pollen last summer and early fall, Mark collected a bit of it for customers who asked for some. He also set aside some for us as well as for the bees to help them through the winter when there’s so little available to them in the countryside. If you haven’t tried a smoothie yet, then you really should – so good and so good for you! This past weekend, in addition to our honey, we added wheat germ AND bee pollen. Our allergies have been noticeably better this year than in years past but it can’t hurt to boost up with pollen. Honey is great for building immunity against local allergens but it is believed that pollen is even more potent so it certainly couldn’t hurt to give it a whirl. After two years of taking local honey and building it up in my system, I can really see the benefits paid off this season. While I may still have the sniffles and some sneezing and even an occasional headache, they are minor compared to times when I could only spend thirty minutes outside before the allergies forced me indoors. Thanks little bees! 🙂