we dig the pollinators & the producers.

Castro valley honey harvest fall 2020

Castro Valley Honey Harvest 2020 Flyer

Come be a part of the first harvest of our rooftop honey. Your local bees have been busy and soon you’ll get a chance to bring some hyper-local liquid gold home with you.

Maybe you’ve seen one of our honeybees bounding about town, so now would be a great time for you and your families to get a direct connection to their work.

Come see for yourself the final steps of the process of fresh honey being made as it’s extracted, spun, and bottled right on site. Our beekeeper, Mike of The Bee Ranchers has got an encyclopedic knowledge of everything bee. It’s a great chance to learn all about beekeeping, bees, honey, and any other bee-related questions you’ve got.

Bees are a big deal to us and should be for you too. Because a world without bees is a bleak one. And a famished one.

Set aside for a moment about how tasty and good for you honey is, and take a moment to think about this. Seventy out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition, are pollinated by bees.

That’s a lot of critical sustenance. It’s a scary amount of our food supply to jeopardize. What’s more, they’re also responsible for pollinating some of the healthiest foods for us like nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

what they do for us is simply incredible. their positive impact is undeniable and you’d think we’d treat them with more reverence than we do today.

Fortunately, in recent years, there has been both a growing awareness of the severe harm being done to our worldwide honey bee population and what to do to support them.

This page will serve as a hub of information for bee facts, what we do to support our bees, and what you can do too. Don’t worry, it’s not hard.

marketplace honey

We wanted more bees in our world and in Castro Valley so we installed several hives on our rooftop. We also sponsor several throughout the area.

Our hives are tended to by Mike Vigo of The Bee Ranchers. We make hyper-local honey for you to enjoy too. There’s a lot to discover.

Alameda Natural Grocery Honey Bees

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bee facts
  • Honey bees – wild and domestic – perform about 80 percent of all pollination worldwide.
  • When foraging, they will visit 50 – 100 flowers each pollination trip. To produce a pound of honey, bees will visit 2 million flowers and fly 55,000 miles.
  • A single beehive can produce more than 100 pounds of honey.
  • Honey contains all of the substances needed to sustain life including enzymes, water, minerals and vitamins.
  • Honey bees can fly 10 – 15 mph, and will beat their wings 200 times per second. That’s 12,000 beats per minute and what gives them their buzz.
  • There is only one queen in a colony, which can be as large as 80,000 bees in the summer. She produces all the worker bees and drones, laying up to 2,000 eggs a day.
what you can do

We promised it’s not hard to support the bees, and it’s not. Really, it’s about choosing to eliminate pesticides from our environment and choosing to support those who do. Below is an easy list of things you can do today. Bee the change.

1. Stop Using Insecticides

2. Avoid Seeds Coated with Insecticides

3. Read Labels on Garden Compost – watch out for inidacloprid

4. Plant bee-friendly plants – get organic wildflower seeds.

5. Create Habitat Gardens – let part of your land go wild. There is only one queen in a colony, which can be as large as 80,000 bees in the summer. She produces all the worker bees and drones, laying up to 2,000 eggs a day.

6. Become a Beekeeper – Or, Get a Hive

7. Buy Local Honey – Support your beekeepers.

8. Buy Organic Food.

9. Spread the Word.

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