Bee Project

Bee Update

The hives have been winterized which means we’ve allowed the bees to fill out their frames full of honey and pollen to keep them fed over the winter. During the winter months the bees stay in the hive in a much smaller population to keep the queen alive. By staying close together in the hive and continuing to fan their wings they keep the hive at a temperature of 35 degree Celsius. We’ve wrapped the hive up to also help cut the wind and cold temperatures.

Last summer we had two very successful hives producing nearly 200lbs of pure raw liquid honey. The bees found plentiful nectar in the fields surrounding the store along the Anthony Henday and also from our rooftop garden. Because of the pollination done by the bees we also had a very successful yield for the first year of our rooftop garden.
We’re hoping that the Alberta winter weather is not too hard on our bees and that we are able to split our hives in the spring to expand to 4 hives on the roof of the Rabbit Hill store.

Checking on the bees February 8, 2022

 

 

Freson Bros. has partnered with Good Morning Honey to raise bees on the rooftop of our Edmonton store. With this mentorship, Freson Bros. hopes to raise two healthy and thriving hives, producing honey and wax for use on and in products sold in our stores. From drizzling fresh honey on Father Dough Pizza to utilizing the wax in our Wild Bee soap line and selling our honey in store, we’re excited for the opportunity to build awareness of the honey production industry in Alberta. Our bees were transplanted on June 15, 2021

Alberta No. 1 Honey is world famous for its quality and delicious taste. The agricultural nature of Western Canada with expansive fields and diverse crops lends well to honey production. Honey bees love the access to abundant dandelion, clover, alfalfa and canola across Alberta, making ample honey production in our short summer season. Speaking of a short season, beekeepers and honey producers are hard at work from March to September tending to their hives with peak honey flow happening mid to late July. However, if there is one thing we know for sure in Alberta it is that no two summers are alike, keeping beekeepers on their toes year after year.

The goal of our Bee Project is to help educate our customers and communities on how honey is produced, from tiny bee eggs all the way to the honey jar. With the help of our honey production industry partners (and our lively bee hives) we hope that you follow along and enjoy the journey with us.

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