A Joyous New Year!


Bill's Bees wishes you a Joyous New Year! We thank all our loyal customers for your 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! ~Bill Lewis

Wishing You A Joyous New Year!
Historical Honeybee Articles - Beekeeping History
Image: Bee Chasing Children -Trading Card from Partridges Cafe, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 15 North 3rd Street and 19 South 8th Street
(estimate circa. 1880 to 1900)

Over a century ago, during the Victorian era, one of the favorite pastimes was collecting small, illustrated advertising cards that we now call trade cards. These trade cards evolved from cards of the late 1700s used by tradesmen to advertise their services. Although examples from the early 1800s exist, it was not until the spread of color lithography in the 1870s that trade cards became plentiful.

By the 1880s, trade cards had become a major way of advertising America's products and services, and a trip to the store usually brought back some of these attractive, brightly colored cards to be pasted into a scrapbook.

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What Do You Give A Beekeeper?

Bill's Bees Bees for SaleBEES! Beekeepers Love Bees!! Lots of Bees!!! 
Bill's Bees sells Italian honey bees with known gentle genetics.These bees are ideal for backyard beekeeping in Los Angeles as well as for commercial beekeepers who take their bees to pollination.  

ORDER NOW! For April 2019 Delivery.
Don't bee beeless come bee Season! 

The Complete Hive (Medium Box) Special is the best choice and best value for backyard beekeepers.

Bills Bees Medium Box Complete Hive SpecialComplete Hive (Medium Box) Special ($250): Bill's Bees used commercial grade hive top, bottom board, and medium (6-5/8”) hive body containing: 6 frame Nucleus colony (4 frames brood in all stages, 2 frames with honey and pollen) and 4 additional undrawn plastic frames to fill out the box. These are gentle bees and the hives contain marked 2018 Italian queens with known gentle genetics. Complete Hive (Medium Box) Special

Bill's Bees Complete Hive (Deep Box)  Complete Hive (Deep Box) ($320): Bill's Bees Complete Hive (Deep Box) is the Nucleus colony (described in Bees in Nucs). These are Italian honey bees with known gentle genetics and are ideal for backyard beekeeping in Los Angeles. A Complete Hive includes a VSH-Italian marked queen, a painted deep hive body, bottom board fastened to the box, and lid, plus 3 additional undrawn new frames, and 1/ 1/2 gallon frame style internal feeder to fill out the box. Complete Hive (Deep Box)

Bill's Bees Bees in PackagesBees in Packages - 3 lb. $160 ~ Italian Honey Bees with VSH Italian marked queen (w/attendants). These bees have known gentle genetics and build up abundantly for pollination. Great for backyard beekeeping and commercial beekeeping. Packages available for pick up in April 2019. (Price may increase on 1/1/19 for Bees in Packages.)  Bees in Packages

Bill's Bees Bees in NucsBees in Nucs - 5 Frames (Deep) or 6 Frames (Medium) $220 ~ Italian Honey Bees with VSH Italian marked queen. They have known gentle genetics and build up abundantly for pollination. Great for backyard beekeeping and commercial beekeeping. Nucs available for pick up in April or May 2019. Bees in Nucs

Bill's Bees VSH Italian Queen BeesVSH-Italian Queen Bees ($45) (marked) with their known gentle genetics are ideal bees for an urban setting, for hobby beekeepers, or commercial beekeepers needing to re-queen. Our VSH-Italian Queen Bees (Varroa Sensitive Hygiene) are marked and mated. They come in a screened cage with attendants and are ready to lay eggs. Italian bees have been a favorite among beekeepers since they were first introduced to the New World in the 1850’s. They are known to be gentle of temperament, easy to work with, readily build comb, diligent housekeepers which helps them with control of wax moth and resistance to diseases, very prolific, wonderful foragers, excellent honey producers, with less tendency to swarm. VSH Italian Queen Bees

 We will contact you regarding pick up dates, time, and location. 


Visit Bill's Bees 'Bees For Sale' Collection!

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Buzz By Bill's Bees Honey Table at McGroarty Arts Center Chili Bowl Fest & Art & Craft Faire

Bills Bees Honey Table at McGroarty Arts Center

Buzz by Bill's Bees Honey Table at McGroarty Arts Center
16th Annual Chili Bowl Fest and Art & Crafts Faire,
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1st & 2nd, 2018.

Liane Lewis will have our honey table overflowing
with beautiful holiday gifts from Bill’s Bees honey bees.  

Bill's Bees Honey Table at McGroarty Arts Center

 100% Raw Honey - Just the way the bees made it!
You'll love our home made beeswax soaps and lotions 
hand crafted by Liane. 
Our magical beeswax ornaments and beautiful slow burning beeswax candles are a holiday treasure
Lots of delightful, flavorful HoneyStix!  

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All the Buzz About Bees - Talking Points Featuring Bill Lewis of Bill's Bees

 Bill Lewis, President/Owner of Bill’s Bees and former president of the California State Beekeepers Association, shares some of his experiences with bees over the last 30-some years.

"It's not something everybody does." ~Bill Lewis

In this fascinating overview, Bill talks about honey bee activity, hive behavior, bee colony collapse, habitat loss, crop pollination, and honey production. 

Take a peek at the amazing life that goes on inside a beehive: how bees communicate, get along inside a hive, and who makes the decisions. Learn how bees collect nectar and pollen and bring it back to the hive to make honey, 
how honey is harvested and preserved. 

When asked about the best ways to behave around bees, Bill's reply:

"Pretend they're not there." 

Beach TV/CSULB Host: David Kelly
California State University/Long Beach

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Happy Halloween!

Bill's Bees HoneyStix

Trick or Treat with a Healthy, Happy, Tasty, Treat Kids Love To Eat! HoneyStix! from Bill's Bees!.

Bill’s Bees HoneyStix are convenient straws filled with pure honey. We offer Floral Honey Varieties, HoneyStix Natural Flavored Varieties, and HoneyStix Gourmet Flavored, over 20 different varieties to choose from. 

HoneyStix are the best sweet, healthy, tasty treat! They’re great for snacks or a quick energy pick-me-up! Pack them in your kid’s lunch, pop them in your backpack, keep a package in your car, or your drawer at work. Bill ran a marathon with a fist full of HoneyStix - 1 stick evey 2 miles. Honey is an excellent source of healthy energy and are rich in amino acids, antioxidents, vitamins, and minerals. Sweeten your tea, drizzle over cereal, yogurt, or baked good. Squeeze the delicious honey straight from the straw into your mouth! 

To open, just snip one end of the straw, or, pinch one end of the straw between your thumb and pointer, hold the honey stix so the edge is vertical, and bite down with your back teeth. Then squeeze the honey out and – enjoy! 

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It's Autumn - Time for Bill's Bees Pumpkin Spice Latte Handmade Beeswax Soap

Bills Bees Pumpkin Spice Latte Homemade Beeswax Soap
It's Autumn! Time for Pumpkin Spiced Latte Handmade Beeswax Soap, one of Bill's Bees favorites. Liane creates a delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and real organic pumpkin...enchanced with milk and honey. These lovely soap bars smell and look good enough to eat - but I wouldn't recommend it.

Liane personally makes all our handmade beeswax soap barsShe develops her own recipes and uses beeswax and honey produced by our honey bees. She makes soap the old fashioned way, cold process in small 30 bar batches. It's always a mystery to me; I never know what she's going to come up with next. 

Our Pumpkin Spiced Latte Handmade Beeswax Soap Bars are amazing, and they're seasonal. Get them while they last!!! Enjoy!

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National Honey Bee Day

Bill's Bees 2018 National Honey Bee Day

National Honey Bee Day (formerly National Honey Bee Awareness Day) is an awareness day started by beekeepers in the United States to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion.

According to its organizers, the National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept:[1]

Bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping. By working together and harnessing the efforts that so many already accomplish, and [by] using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and message is magnified many times over. We encourage bee associations, individuals, and other groups to get involved. The program is free and open to all.

The event was started in 2009, by a small group of beekeepers who petitioned for and obtained a formal proclamation[2] by the USDAhonoring honey bees and beekeeping. In 2010, a non-profit, Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc. was organized[3] to better facilitate and promote the observance. The original date of observation was August 22, 2009 (the fourth Saturday of August), but has since settled permanently on the third Saturday of August.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Honey_Bee_Day

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Why Honey is a Smart Alternative to Sugar (& How to Substitute)

Honey Cashew Morning Buns 
Food 52 blog by Joanne Chang

Joanne Chang—owner of Flour Bakery, author of Baking with Less Sugar, and all-around dessert wizard—has discovered that less sugar can often mean more flavor. 

Today: This light and airy sticky morning bun is made entirely with honey, which means you'll keep enjoying it even after the first couple bites.

The old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" reverberated through my head as I was testing recipes for my latest book, Baking with Less Sugar. Did it really make any sense at all to create a no-sugar version of our famous sticky bun? When Bobby Flay declares your pastry "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network, you don't really want to mess with it. However, I was discovering how to bake with honey to make many—make that most—pastries, and I wanted to see what would happen if our sticky buns were made with the warm perfumey sweetness of honey. 

Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners known to man and has been used since ancient times for medicinal and nutritional purposes. It contains trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. And if you're looking to bake without refined white sugar, it's a smart alternative.

Honey substitutes for sugar

Since honey is actually a bit sweeter than sugar, you can usually reduce the amount of honey in a recipe that normally contains sugar and still have a wonderfully sweet pastry; the rule of thumb is about 20 to 25% less honey than sugar.

Here are some other points to consider when substituting in honey for sugar:

If you are using honey instead of sugar in a cookie or cake recipe that has baking powder or baking soda, you will want to add an additional 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the dry ingredients for every 1 cup of honey. Why? Because honey acts as an acid in baked goods and it will react with the baking soda and make your cake/cookies rise. When when you bake with sugar, on the other hand, there's no chemical reaction between the sugar and the baking soda and therefore no need to add it. (Baking soda is often in recipes that include white sugar because it reacts to otheringredients in the recipe: brown sugar, sour cream, cocoa, buttermilk, etc.).

Honey browns faster than sugar, so you’ll want to reduce the temperature of your oven by around 25° F if replacing sugar with honey.

A great attribute of both honey and sugar is that they are hygroscopic, which means they attract water and keep pastries moist. Pastries made with honey will be fresh and tender for at least a few days, if not longer.

Our original sticky bun recipe contains honey, as well as as copious amounts of brown sugar. In this recipe for Honey Cashew Morning Buns, I wanted to focus on highlighting the taste of honey (not just its sweetness) and of cashews.

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Honey Cashew Morning Buns

Makes 12 buns

For the bun dough:

240 grams (1 cup) water, at body temperature (when you put your finger in it, it should feel neither cold nor hot)
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast or 3 grams (0.1 ounces) fresh cake yeast
350 grams (2 1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus up to about 35 grams (1/4 cup) more, if needed
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
50 grams (1/4 cup) olive oil or mild vegetable oil

For the honey goo:

115 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
170 grams (1/2 cup) honey
120 grams (1/2 cup) heavy cream
120 grams (1/2 cup) water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For the bun filling:

240 grams (2 cups) raw unsalted cashews, chopped
115 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, very soft
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

First photo by Joseph De Leo; second by James Ransom


(Thank you to FOOD52 for permission to reprint this blog post by Joanne Chang, August 4, 2015.)

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NEW HARVEST - Bill's Bees 100% Raw Avocado Honey

Bill's Bees 100% Raw Avocado Honey

NEW HARVEST - Bill's Bees 100% Raw Avocado Honey! Now Available!

From April to June we take some of our honey bees to help pollinate avocados in the avocado orchards of Ventura County, CA. The nectar from avocado blossoms makes a dark, rich buttery honey with a subtle taste of avocado. The unique taste can be used in a variety of ways: in your smoothies, delicious on toast, in cooking recipes which call for honey. It can be used as a substitute for sugar or molasses. Use Avocado Honey to create your own homemade facial masks, shampoos and conditioners. With its high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, you can also use it on cuts and burns to help aid the healing process. Bill's Bees 100% Raw Avocado Honey - unfiltered, unprocessed - Just the Way the Bees Made It!


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Bill's Bees Honey at the Theodore Payne Foundation

Theodore Payne Foundation

When you're searching for the ideal wild flowers and  native plants for your garden, visit The Theodore Payne Foundation.  Buzz by their book/gift/seed shop and pick up some of Bill's Bees 100% raw, natural, local honey.  Bill's Bees honey bees forage in the local San Gabriel Mountains and bring back nectar from a variety of wild flowers and native plants to make delicious Buckwheat, Sage Wildflower and Wildflower honeys.  10459 Tuxford Streed, Sun Valley, CA 91352 (818) 768-1802. http://theodorepayne.org/

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