There’s been a lot of buzz in culinary circles about bees lately, and with a membership of over 30 beekeepers in the BC Honey Producers Association, Kelowna is no stranger to apiaries. Take Helen Kennedy from Arlo’s Honey Farm, for example. Lovely, energetic and passionate about beekeeping, Kennedy treats her bees like members of the family — and perhaps the bees acknowledge that love by producing a honey that has been recognized as the “Best Honey In BC.” Kennedy doesn’t just raise bees, she also celebrates them through National Day of the Honey Bee. An event that Kennedy conceived a year ago at her 114 acre farm in southeast Kelowna, the day sees neighbouring farms and beekeepers come together to display their products, offer honey tasting and treats, and bee farm tours, which truly makes the area a hive of activity for one day every year.
Visiting apiaries is a great summer activity to do with your kids, teaching them about the importance of bees to our ecosystem, as well as how honey is made. If you wind up taking a pot of honey home, here are a few things to do with it – new ways to incorporate honey as a sweetener into your daily living.
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