Happy New Year!

Bill's Bees wishes you the best in 2018. We thank all our loyal customers for their continued support, we wish our fellow beekeepers happy, healthy, productive bees, and we thank the bees for the abundance of honey, honey bee products and the joys and adventures of beekeeping. Happy New Year!

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Beekeeping As A Hobby!

Looking for a new hobby in 2018? Try your hand at beekeeping!

(Bill’s Bees got its start over 40 years ago when Bill took on a few colonies of honeybees to complete the requirements for the Boy Scouts of America Bee Keeping Merit Badge. Bill was not only bitten by the beekeeping bug, but also received the Merit Badge as well as his Eagle Scout level, and then promptly left his bees behind at home as he began his college career. Bill received both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and then headed west to work in the aerospace industry. After 10 years in aerospace, as Bill puts it, “I guess I got tired of falling asleep behind my computer and thought, 'I gotta do something else.'”) "I hope you find as much enjoyment and fulfillment as I have found in working with the bees." ~Bill

The following is from Beekeeping/Hobby Beekeeping (WikiBooks):

Hobbyist beekeeping does not fit one specific definition, though hobbyists tend to have many things in common. Essentially, those who keep bees as a hobby have a different day job, and simply find beekeeping or its related practices enjoyable. Rarely do hobbyists keep as substantial number of colonies, often just enough to keep at home in the backyard or within a few minutes drive. Similarly to those who sideline in beekeeping, a hobbyist may sell products as result to beekeeping, but they rarely earn much more than the price to maintain their bees.

The Joy of Honey[edit]


Often the number one reason people pickup beekeeping as a hobby is because of the potential to produce honey. Honey was one of the earliest, and remains one of the sweetest, commodities available to man. Because of the recent desire for a do-it-yourself attitude, many people have decided to make a step towards producing such a sweet reward within their own backyard.


A second most popular reason to keep bees as a hobby is pollination. Many beekeepers also keep gardens. The simple act of keeping bees often enhances fruit and vegetable production because of all the pollination that the bees achieve.


Watching bees can be fun. A colony of bees, when observed form the outside, or even from the inside if you're lucky enough to have an observation hive, holds the same kind of draw as watching an ant farm.


Some times beekeepers start keeping bees as a project for a science fair, for the 4H club or other similar organization; this educational experience often evolves into beekeeping as a hobby. Many things can be learned from bees; in fact many things are still being learned. Those who enjoy the complex inter-workings of the world around them may find beekeeping to be an exceptionally educational experience.

Stress Relief

Some beekeepers keep their bees to take their mind off other things. Some even say that simply sitting down and watching the comings and goings of a hive is an extremely relaxing experience. Some have even been known to simply spend the entire afternoon observing the activities going on outside a single hive.


Beekeepers often have access to goods and supplies, thanks to their bees, that many others do not. Because of this, a beekeeper is able to assemble wonderful gifts to give away during the holidays or for birthdays. These gifts may include various forms of honey, home made candles, cosmetics and such.

Animal Husbandry

Many people keep pets, whereas bees cannot be domesticated, the companionship is still often appreciated. Many hobbyist build a bond between themselves and their literally thousands of bees. This can make beekeeping a joyful experience when done right.

Healthy Life Style

Some hobby beekeepers keep bees for their own health. Some keepers collect pollen to supplement their diet, propolis to make home medication and eat a diet with local honey to lower the effects of allergies. Though many of these processes have not been scientifically proven to be effective, beekeepers who practice them often swear by them.

The above is from: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Beekeeping/Hobby_Beekeeping.Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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McGroarty Arts Center 15th Annual Chili Bowl Fest and Art & Craft Faire

Buzz byMcGroarty Art & Craft Faire Bill's Bees Honey Table at the McGroarty Arts Center 15th Annual Chili Bowl Fest and Art & Craft Faire Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd & 3rd, 2017.

Liane Lewis will have our honey table overflowing with beautiful holiday gifts from Bill’s Bees honey bees.  
100% Raw Honey - Just the way the bees made it!
You'll love our home made beeswax soaps, lotions, and lip balms hand crafted by Liane. Our magical beeswax ornaments and beautiful slow burning beeswax candles are a holiday delight.  https://billsbees.com/

McGroarty Art & Craft Faire

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Have a Happy Thanksgiving with Honey!

*15 Honey-Inspired Recipes for a Sweet Thanksgiving from the National Honey Board. "This is a big week in homes across America – it's Thanksgiving week! The beginning of the holiday entertaining season, we are all looking forward to either welcome family and friends into our home, or traveling to someone else's house for the holiday. It's an exciting time of year when we get to spend quality time with loved ones who we may not have seen for days, weeks, months or even years. Thanksgiving is also known for being one of the most delicious holidays, because nothing brings families together like food.

As we prepare our menus – filled with creamy mashed potatoes, perfectly caramelized sweet potatoes, buttery rolls and, of course, a succulent turkey – we want to remind of how honey can take your holiday menu to the next level. With its many benefits, honey is truly the one ingredient that enhances every part of your menu, from breakfast and beverages to side dishes, desserts and even the main event. We've got everything you need to plan your entire turkey day and it stars our favorite ingredient – honey!

If you're anything like us, the Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off your Thanksgiving holiday (fun fact – the parade will be celebrating *90 years of entertaining families across the nation this year). This means that the family is rising and shining bright and early, and when they come to the kitchen, greet them with a delicious breakfast. Our Honey Blueberry Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl and Honey Bacon-Cheddar Scones are two great options because they can both be made the night before, meaning no extra kitchen time for you.

Whether you have a full house, or company coming over early to chat as you prepare the big meal, you'll want to have some appetizers on hand to keep their hungry bellies and sticky fingers at bay. Why not set out at tray of crispy Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Crostini with Whipped Feta and Honey or gooey Honey and Nut Glazed Brie? No matter which you choose, your guests will be happily occupied.

Are our guests thirsty? Mix up a batch of our Vineyard Pitcher Punch (which could also be served in a bowl for easy serving) for the adults, and for the kids, a lovely Sparkling Honey Fruit Spritzer will do quite nicely.

Now we're on to the big meal, full of delectable side dishes and a moist, juicy bird. Did you know that honey more than just sweetens dishes? It also acts as a flavor balancer and enhancer, an emulsifier for sauces and marinades, and will even help you lock moisture into your holiday turkey. Here are some of our favorite honey-inspired side dishes that will be hitting our Thanksgiving table:

As for the main event, we're cooking up our delectable Roast Turkey with Honey Cranberry Relish. Looking to feed a smaller party? We've also got a tasty Honey-Glazed Game Hen.

Now what is Thanksgiving without a pie, or two (or maybe even three)? That's right, we've got three delicious pies that will impress your guests! Did you know that apple pie is the most popular pie served on Thanksgiving? Well we've got a winner in our Queen Bee Apple Pie! And how can you have Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? You have go to try our Honey Pumpkin Pie. And just for fun, we've also get a wonderful Cranberry Pecan Pie. You can be sure that none of your guests will leave hungry.

Even though the holidays get a little crazy with all of the running around, scheduling, house guests and cooking, let us all remember what we are most thankful for this year. Here's to a happy and delicious Thanksgiving!"

*Repost from the National Honey Board (November 21, 2016): https://www.honey.com/blog/have-a-happy-thanksgiving-with-honey

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Bill Lewis Speaks at Long Beach Beekeepers Meeting

"Long-time commercial beekeeper Bill Lewis, of Bill’s Bees, drew the largest crowd of the year to the Sunday meeting of the Long Beach Beekeepers. Along with dispensing tips (Wear a ball cap under your veil to keep the mesh off your face) and tricks (Put a wet sponge in your bee hat to keep you cool), Bill demonstrated hive-inspection techniques (Tip the boxes up and inspect from the bottom, and never open a hive without a purpose in mind), queen-spotting methods and answered a variety of questions from the group. Bill also contributed a box of comb honey for the club raffle, which raised a record $90." ~Dick Barnes

Long Beach Beekeepers

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween: The Haunted History Of Beekeeping
Via Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History

Pumpkin was Possessed by Bees!  

Caldwell, N. J. 1921. - Ted Farrand is a building inspector and an amateur pumpkin raiser. After the frost three nights ago he went out to the garden and selected a sixty-pounder which he brought into the kitchen.

"There's a little bit of a hole in this, Mary," He said to his wife. "I'm afraid it won't keep. So you'd better make some pies."

Well, it was along toward noon before Mrs. Farrand got around to it. By that time the big orange thing was all warmed up to the temperature of the kitchen, which was like that of the garden in August. She slipped a knife through the pumpkin and a swarm of bees flew


They flew all over the kitchen and all over Mrs. Farrand. She got allot of stings before she escaped and the bees flew out the window, and some of the marks of the stingers will be visible even when she is dressed for church next Sunday. Then all the congregation will know the story.

When the pumpkin was more closely examined after the departure of the bees it was found to contain nothing but honey. The Pies were great!

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