What Are You Doing For National Farmers Market Week?


Bill's Bees joins the nation in celebrating National Farmers Market Week. The week of August 2 through 8, 2015 was declared “National Farmers Market Week” by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

Come celebrate your local farmers market. If you've never been to a farmers market - or you haven't been in a while, National Farmers Market Week is a perfect time to take a leisurely stroll through one of our Los Angeles County Farmers Markets.  

You'll find an abundance of the freshest California fruits, herbs, nuts, and vegetables locally grown and brought to market by farmers who care about their product. Take the opportunity to talk to some of the vendors and find out where and how their produce is grown. Perhaps they'll share with you some of their health benefits, cooking tips, or recipes.

Check out the homemade baked goods, jams, jellies, oils and vinegars, fresh eggs and cheeses, nursery plants and flowers.  

Buzz by Bill's Bees at these Los Angeles County Farmers Markets and pick up California's finest honey. Bill's Bees honey is 100% pure raw local honey; unfiltered, unprocessed. We harvest, extract, and bottle our honey right here on Bill's Bees Bee Farm. Our honey varietals: Alfalfa, Avocado, Buckwheat, Orange Blossom, and Wildflower are Just the Way the Bees Made It! Honey- Direct from the Beekeeper to You! Be sure to try Bill's Bees Caramelized Honey. And the Wildflower Honeycomb, ummm, is out of this world delicious. Pick up sticks - Bill's Bees honeystix, that is! If you're in a hurry, you can order Bill's Bees honey online and pick up at these Farmers Market

As you explore the market, see if you can identify the many ways honey bees are responsible for most of what you see. 

Did you know:
  • Bees pollinate 80% of the world's plants including 90 different food crops.
  • 1 out of every 3 or 4 bites of food you eat is thanks to bees.
  • The honey bee is responsible for $15 billion in U.S. agricultural crops each year.
  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil (bacteria can’t grow in it, and because of it’s low moisture content and low pH – honey can last indefinitely).
  • Bees maintain a temperature of 92-93 degrees Fahrenheit in their central brood nest regardless of whether the outside temperature is 110 or -40 degrees.
  • The honey bee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man.
  • Man’s first alcoholic beverage, mead, is a wine made with honey.
By shopping at local farmers markets you'll get to support local farmers, you'll get to know the people who produce your food, you'll get to enjoy food that's truly fresh and delicious. You'll maybe get to dance a jig with one of the local bands. Our Los Angeles County Farmers Markets are truly fun for the whole family. Enjoy!

Thanks,
Bill & Clyde
Bill's Bees
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Bill Lewis previously served two terms and Clyde Steese is currently on the California State Certified Farmers Market Advisory Committee. Bill Lewis is on the board of the Ventura County Certified Farmers Market Association.  Bill Lewis and Clyde Steese are long-time members and past presidents of the Los Angeles County Beekeepers Association. They are long time members of the California State Beekeepers Association. Bill Lewis was the 2014 President and is currently on the board of the California State Beekeepers Association. Bill and Clyde are both members of the American Beekeeping Federation.

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New Harvest - California Orange Blossom Honey

Bill's Bees Orange Blossom HoneyBill's Bees New Harvest of California's finest Orange Blossom Honey is available now! Simply the sweetest, most heavenly honey you can buy. Tastes like your in the middle of an orange grove in springtime.  

Orange Blossom honey is considered one of the best honey's in the world.  In the spring we take our honey bees to the citrus groves of sunny Southern California where all you can see for miles is oranges trees, all you can smell is the heavenly aroma of waxy white orange blossoms, and all you can hear is the buzz of happy bees.

We bring our bees home six week later with hives bursting with sweet 100% pure raw, Orange Blossom honey. Our honey is unprocessed, unfiltered - Just the Way the Bees Made It! We extract, bottle, and distribute our honey direct from Bill's Bees Bee Yard. 

Bill's Bees Orange Blossom honey is lovely in tea.  You can drizzle it over berries and melon, pour it over pancakes, it's great for baking, and can be used in just about any recipe. 

Buy in our online Shop or at our local LA County Farmers Markets.   

Enjoy!
Bill & Clyde
Bill's Bees

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California Orange Blossom Honey

Honey Bee on Orange BlossomIt was a glorious day in April and we were in the middle of a sunny orange grove in the heart of California’s citrus belt tending our bees. Life could not be sweeter for a beekeeper. The heady scent of orange blossoms made us weak in the knees as we moved from hive to hive, peeking inside, making sure our honey bees were healthy, happy, and bringing in nectar. The beauty of bees in an orange grove is they can fly for miles and miles and just bring back nectar from the waxy white blossoms. This way we know our honey is 100% pure California orange blossom honey. 

The season is short, only four weeks, then orange pollination is over until next year. One evening around dusk, after all the foragers returned to the hive, we loaded up our truck to bring our honey bees home. We’ve been coming up to Lindsay, California for years so our bees could be part of orange pollination and so we could reap the bounty of pure California orange blossom honey. It was a beautiful bittersweet evening, always is when you say goodbye until next year, and we got to reflecting on how the citrus industry all got started. We thought you might like to know a little bit of the story. “The History of Citrus in California” by Ching Lee originally appeared in the California Farm Bureau Federation's California Country magazine. We hope you enjoy the read!

Oh, by the way, the New Harvest of Bill’s Bees Orange Blossom Honey straight from the citrus belt of California will be ready for you at the Farmers Markets and here on our website on April 30, 2015. We hope you enjoy this year’s bounty!

Thank you,
Bill & Clyde
Bill’s Bees

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