At our farm here in Copetown, the bees have a plentiful supply of natural nectar from spring through fall. In the spring they enjoy nectar from dandelions, followed by blossoming willow, and then white clover. Summer brings a month of raspberry blossoms and ends with wildflowers, aster, ragweed, and more raspberries.
After harvesting the honey, we leave the bees with a plentiful supply of their own honey to last the winter; unlike other honey operations, we do not feed the bees any sugar water. Our bees survive the winter eating their own honey, making our product even more pure.
Propolis is a sticky resin that seeps from the buds of some trees and runs from the bark of others, mainly conifers. It is blended with wax from the bee itself. The propolis lining of the bee hive helps to create a sterile environment, not unlike an operating room. A chemical analysis of propolis reveals 55% resinous compounds, 30% beeswax, 5% bee pollen, and a remaining 10% has not yet been identified (known only to themselves!).
Bee pollen is a healthy, nutritious, complete food. Nature’s best whole food, it contains all the essential nutrients of life. Bee pollen has been dissected and examined in labs the world over and researchers praise its nutritive properties. Roman soldiers carried pressed and dried cakes of bee pollen, honey and grain as their food supply.