Weekends for me are about family and reconnecting with nature. Fortunately for us, we live in a neighborhood surrounded by beautiful mountains and hiking trails. The trail we did on Sunday took us from one city to the next, all while taking in the most amazing views overlooking the city we call home. Thanks to the rain we had this year, the blooms were abundant with buckwheat, mustard, black sage and sumac. Of course this means my friends – the bees – were also out working the honey flow! Most folks are not comfortable sharing such close quarters with buzzing bees, especially if you are with kids. Even my wife and 2 boys were somewhat uneasy during parts of our hike. My advice to them and all of you – Don’t bother the bees and they won’t bother you! Respect the bees. Honeybees are not naturally aggressive. They do not want to sting you. In fact, if they sting you, they die. Just be part of nature. Take time to appreciate the flowers. Pause for a minute to listen to the beautiful harmonics of the bees buzzing around you. It is truly an experience to behold.
A few helpful tips to avoid bee stings:
Avoid wearing perfume or cologne (ie. don’t smell like a flower). This goes for shampoo, moisturizers and detergents with fragrance. Nectar-seeking bees are quick to detect strong scents and will naturally be drawn to them.
Avoid wearing bright colored clothing (ie. don’t look like a flower!).
If you or your child is allergic to bee stings, carry your epi-pen with you!
If you get stung, don’t pull out the stinger as you will likely leave some of the stinger in your skin (along with the venom). Best to scrape at it with something flat and hard (ie. credit card) until it comes off.
Celebrity gift bags including Bloom Honey tasters!
TheWrap kicked off this year’s Emmy season on Thursday, June 6th with their first annual Emmy Season party at the London West Hollywood hotel. Guests included Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) and Bellamy Young (Scandal), among other celebrities. Emmy contenders took home gift bags that included gourmet raw honey from Bloom Honey, Bu Kombucha drinks, and Le Bon Garcon caramels.
Big thanks to TheWrap for including Bloom Honey in their celebrity gift bags this year! We look forward to the upcoming announcements of the 66th Prime Time Emmy nominations later this month!
Look for Bloom Honey at the following farmers markets every week:
Pacific Palisades 8am to 1pm
Westlake Village 10am to 2pm
Sherman Oaks 3pm to 7pm
Visit us at any of the farmers markets every week and sample any or all of our varietals! Along with our amazing raw honey, we also carry our award-winning California avocados from our very own Jefferson Farms, along with organic blueberries and strawberries (seasonal). Support your local beekeepers and growers!
“Honeybees are the glue that holds our agricultural system together,” – Hannah Nordhaus, The Beekeeper’s Lament
Indeed, without honeybees to pollinate our crops, foods such as almonds, apples, avocados, broccoli, and blueberries would vanish.
Today we celebrate the honeybee and recognize their contributions to our everyday lives – they’re responsible for 1/3 of the food we eat, after all! We also pay homage to the beekeepers, whose hard work and labor help ensure that we have bees to pollinate our crops.
How can you help protect this critical species for future generations?
plant a bee-friendly garden without pesticides
support your local beekeepers by buying local raw honey
donate to Project Apis M (they fund research on honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder)
Urge your member of Congress and Senator to support bee-friendly legislations, such as a ban of neonicotinoid pesticides and research into the cause and solutions to CCD.
Learn more about National Honeybee Day by visiting their site: http://www.nationalhoneybeeday.com/
Bloom Honey will be at Erewhon Natural Foods Market today from 2pm to 5pm for National Honey Bee Day! Come celebrate with us – Stop by and say HI to Bloom Honey President, David Jefferson, and sample some of our delicious raw honey!
Congratulations to our Chamisa and Sumac (“Malibu Wild”) varietals for winning first place at this year’s Ventura County Fair! This is the second win for our Sumac, following last year’s blue ribbon placement. This is our Chamisa’s first entry in the Ventura Co. Fair and it’s first win!
~ Look for Bloom’s Malibu Wild (“Sumac”) honey – made by our bees in the hills of Malibu – to be available in 8 oz bottles soon…
We are happy to share with you that one of our wonderful retailers – Erewhon Natural Foods Market – will be donating one free meal towards feeding a Delancey Street resident for every Facebook check-in during the month of August.
The Delancey Street Foundation began in 1971 and is the country’s leading residential self-help organization for former substance abusers, ex-convicts, homeless and others who have hit bottom. For over 40 years Delancey Street has been developing a model of social entrepreneurship, of education, of rehabilitation and change that is exciting and full of hope – all without professional staffing or outside funding and at no cost to the California tax payer. To learn more about the Delancey Street Foundation, call (323) 662-4888 or visit them on the web at http://www.delanceystreetfoundation.org/.
Erewhon Natural Foods Market is located in Los Angeles at 7660 Beverly Blvd. Visit Erewhon anytime during the month of August and be sure to check in on Facebook to feed one Delancey Street resident – it’s that simple!