Central Texas Beekeepers 5th Annual Spring School Open to Public

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The Central Texas Beekeepers will hold their 5th Annual Spring School March 23 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham, Texas, United States. In their effort to support and promote sustainable agriculture, local, small and family owned farms and other local food sources, The Mohawk Valley Trading Company encourages families and people of all ages to attend and participate in honey and beekeeping events; they are fun and educational.

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The Central Texas Beekeepers will hold their 5th Annual Spring School March 23 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Brenham, Texas on March 23 from 8:30 a.m. until around 5 p.m.

“Beekeeping events are fun and educational outdoor events.” said Mary Ross of the Mohawk Valley Trading Company where they specialize in raw honey. “In our effort to support and promote sustainable agriculture, local, small and family owned farms and other local food source, we encourage families and people of all ages to attend and participate.”

The cost is $40 for the first adult, $30 for each additional adult in the family and children under 18 is $20. There will be a Busy Bee School with adult supervision for children between the ages of 3 and 6. Cost for Registration fees increase after March 19.

Admission includes a catered Bar-B-Q meal with Blue Bell Ice Cream and a "school book" with information from most of the sessions.

Participants will learn among other things:

The parts of the hive, how to build or assemble equipment, how to install bees, the proper procedure for lighting a smoker, how to inspect a bee hive, how to extract honey, how to dress to minimize the possibility of being stung and what to do if stung.

The Central Texas Beekeepers meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Anyone interested in bees is welcome at the meetings.

About Honey

Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for its health benefits and as a sweetener and flavoring for many foods and beverages with tea being the most popular. Next to maple syrup, it is the most popular natural sweetener in North America.

Honey bees make honey by collecting nectar from flowers and regurgitating it into beeswax honeycombs inside their hive. Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the hive of honey bees of the genus Apis and one it’s most popular uses is beeswax candles and as an ingredient in natural personal care products.

The flavor and color of honey is determined by the type of flower the bees gather the nectar from, there for when cooking or baking with honey it is a good idea to taste the honey before using it in a recipe. For example; a dark honey like tulip poplar-black locust honey will result in a strong, heavy, a pungent flavor, whereas orange blossom honey will result in a delicate orange flavor. Dark colored honey is considered to be higher in minerals and antioxidants than light colored honey and one of the most well known dark colored honeys is buckwheat honey. Raw buckwheat honey contains a higher amount of minerals and an antioxidant called polyphenol, which gives it its dark color. The health benefits of buckwheat honey are many and well known.

If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called commercial, regular or liquid honey. The rawest honey available is comb honey which is sections of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb that contain raw honey that have been cut from the wooden frames of a beehive.

Using raw honey is a long-term investment strategy for optimal health and personal care; the dividends are overall mental, physical and spiritual well being. Like a blue chip stock, raw honey should be included in any health conscious consumer’s immune system boosting portfolio and the return on investment of substituting honey for refined sugar in the human diet is incalculable.

Pure honey is kosher since kosher honey must be 100% honey with no additives or dilutions and to get the best price when buying large quantities of honey, look for a company that sells bulk or wholesale honey.

Organic honey from the United States is a myth because the country is too developed and uses too many agricultural and industrial chemicals to for the production of organic honey. Honey bees are free-roaming, wild creatures and it is impossible guarantee that while foraging they have not come in contact with prohibited substances, like pesticides.

Another product made by honey bees and used by humans is bee propolis. Propolis is a resinous substance that honey bees collect from tree buds and bark or other botanical sources and mixed with beeswax, nectar and pollen. This mixture is used by bees to seal gaps in the hive and by humans for its health benefits and as a traditional, natural or homeopathic medicine.

The Mohawk Valley Trading Company offers the highest quality unprocessed natural products they can produce namely; honey, beeswax, natural skin care products, maple syrup and natural stone. In addition, they offer tea and spices from around the world.

Hours of operations are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Reach them at (315)-519-2640 to learn more.

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