Buffalo, New York (PRWEB) March 23, 2013
A Honeybee Festival with a lecture from Dr. Thomas D. Seeley will take place at The Buffalo Botanical Gardens April 27 from 10am-2pm. This event is made possible by The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens and the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Erie County.
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.
“Honey and beekeeping events are fun, educational and a great activity for families and people of all ages.” said Mary Ross of the Mohawk Valley Trading Company where they specialize in raw varietal honey.
Varietal honey is made primarily from the nectar of a particular type of blossom or flower. To capture the unique character and flavor of the blossom or flower, beekeepers must study botanical bloom and flowering patterns when planning hive placement which will determine the time of the harvest.
The Honeybee Festival at the Gardens will give insight into what is going on within the beehive, explain the viability of backyard beekeeping and make available for purchase some of the fruits of the labor of honeybees.
Tickets for the lectures:
Garden Members and Master Gardeners $10
The vendors and demonstrations are available to all visitors at no charge.
Refreshments and snacks will be available for sale from 11am-2pm.
10am-2pm - Vendors & Demonstrations including information about honeybees, beeswax and honey vendors and much more.
11am-12pm - Lecture from Dr. Thomas Seeley
A professor at Cornell University, Dr. Thomas D. Seeley, will speak on the subject of his latest book, Honey Bee Democracy an interesting story of decision-making within the hive.
1-2pm - Lecture from Barbara Ochterski
Barbara, a local Beekeeper, will talk about the basics of backyard beekeeping, followed by a question and answers session.
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.
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; maple syrup, honey, beeswax and natural skin care products. In addition, they offer natural stone, 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.