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Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 14th, 7:30 P.M. back at the
West Barnstable Community Building on Route 149. - Come join us for
our Holiday Marketplace, for socializing and for refreshments.
Holiday Market Place
The club’s second annual Holiday Marketplace will be held
at the December meeting. All members will have a chance to sell
their wares, and yes, we look forward to honey, as not everyone
had a great harvest. Fair prices prevail (but the club will not
take a percentage.)
The club will be selling Cape Cod Honey cookbooks, copies of The
Queen and I by Ed Weiss, text books, honeystix and honey candy.
We will also have available discounted Bee A Cape Cod Honey Tees
and BCBA polo shirts.
Members’ hand lotions, lip balms, soaps, soothing salves,
beeswax candles and ornaments will be available for Christmas shopping
and stocking stuffing. Due to the shortage of sturdy tables at the
Community Building, if you plan to bring items for sale, please
bring a table to display your items on. Thank You.
I have been informed that many delicious holiday treats will be
there to sate our sweet tooth’s as well.
Note- everyone that receives this newsletter is welcome to attend
our holiday get-together. For those of you contemplating beginning
beekeeping, it is a good time to meet and socialize with beekeepers,
see what products your hive can provide besides honey, and the bee
school schedule should be confirmed by then.
Win a Trip to EAS 2005
For the rest of the year and through your Mass Bee Directors, you
will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance to
win a trip for two to EAS 2005, held at Kent State University, Kent,
OH, August 1-5, 2005.
Your Mass Bee Directors (Paul Desilets and Ed Osmun) will have the
raffle tickets on sale, for $5 each, at the December and January
2005 BCBA meeting. The winner will be chosen early in February.
The trip will cover registration for two for the Conference (not
Short Course), 4 nights in apartment-like dorms (private bath, AC,
brand new), and all meals including BBQ and banquet. WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY!
If the winner chooses to not attend EAS, one cash prize of $500
will be awarded instead.
For $5 you can help support EAS activities – conferences,
education, research, and have a chance to attend for free the 50th
EAS Conference celebration.
After much discussion at a recent Board of Director’s meeting,
we have realized that one of BCBA’s shortcomings is the lack
of instruction in the proper preparation of honey products for retail
sale. In conjunction with our holiday market, we will also sponsor
a honey competition, with prizes to be awarded. Proper judging forms
and equipment will be used. Entry criteria follow:
- Two matching glass jars (size and honey color) either Classic or
Gamber - Do NOT Label
- Air dry jars, do not towel dry – leaves lint -
- No honey on inside of caps - extracted honey must fill jar to within
3/8 inch with no visible
gap between honey level and the cap
- the score card will include density (moisture content), absence
of crystals, cleanliness, flavor, appearance of container, and accuracy
- The Board has issued gift certificates of $25, $15, and $10 for
1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries
If you need jars to compete, contact either Ed (833-9696) or Claire
Ed would like to remind us that it is not too early to start thinking
about placing an equipment order. We will be ordering from Brushy
Mountain, Walter Kelley and Mann Lake this coming January. Bee school
members will be given a list of recommended items. The rest of the
club membership can order anything from any of those 3 catalogs. The
freight savings alone will make your order worthwhile, not to mention
the discounts that we receive on many items ordered in bulk. Don’t
forget, most prices go up in February when the new catalogs come out.
We try to beat those increases.
PLEASE print your order clearly, or use the order forms in the
catalogs and bring to the January meeting, with your check. Don’t
forget to put your name and phone number on the order. If you
won’t be at the meeting, mail to: Ed Osmun, 18 Solomon
Pond Rd., E Sandwich 02537
Once again, we remind you of Heifer International and their work to bring self-reliance to peoples across our world. A gift of honeybees (a $30 donation) is a great way to help effect a cure for poverty. In some cultures honey and royal jelly are prized as remedies. The honey, pollen and wax can produce income. The bees pollinate crops which improves production. A win-win situation for all involved.
Call today at 1-800-698-2511 or go to http://www.heifer.org
Bee Building At The Fairgrounds
A committee has been formed to make changes in the sales area. Anyone with carpentry skills and marketing savvy is asked to contact Ed Osmun (508-833-9696). Anyone who may have old display cases lying around might also wish to call Ed.
The following was summarized from Matthew Shepherd's Pollinator
Conservation Program for the Xerces Society, and sent along by Leslie
Lichtenstein. Keep these points in mind when those seed catalogs
Choosing the Right Flowers
To help bees you should provide a range of plants that will offer
a succession of flowers, and thus pollen and nectar, through the
whole growing season.
Use local native plants. Native plants, which are usually best for
native bees, can be used in both wild areas and gardens. Research
suggests native plants are up to four times more attractive to native
bees than exotic (nonnative) flowers. Native plants are also usually
well adapted to your growing conditions and can thrive with minimum
Use heirloom varieties. For the garden, heirloom varieties of herbs
and perennials are good sources of nectar or pollen and thus provide
good foraging. Mixing garden and native plants will make a garden
attractive to both pollinators and people.
Chose several colors of flowers. Bees have good color vision to
help them find flowers and the nectar and pollen they offer. Flower
colors that particularly attract bees are blue, purple, violet,
white, and yellow.
Plant flowers in clumps. Flowers clustered into clumps of one species
will attract more pollinators than will individual plants scattered
through the habitat patch. Where space allows, make the clumps four
feet or more in diameter.
Include flowers of different shapes. There are nearly four thousand
different species of bees in North America, and they are all different
sizes, have different tongue lengths, and will feed on different
shaped flowers. Therefore, providing a range of flower shapes means
more bees can benefit.
Have a diversity of plants flowering all season. Most bee species
are generalists, feeding on a range of plants through their life
cycle. By having several plant species flowering at once and a sequence
of plants flowering through spring, summer, and fall, you will support
a range of bee species that fly at different times of the year.
Native plants for bees
Native plants should be your first choice to help our native bees
(and our more domesticated girls). Listed below are some plants
that are good sources of nectar or pollen.
Aster Aster, Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia, Caltrop Kallstroemia, Currant
Ribes, Elder Sambucus
Goldenrod Solidago, Huckleberry Vaccinium, Joe-pye weed Eupatorium,
Lupine Lupinus, Purple coneflower Echinacea, Rabbit-brush Chrysothamnus,
Rhododendron Rhododendron, Sage Salvia
Snowberry Symphoricarpos, Stonecrop Sedum, Sunflower Helianthus,
Wild buckwheat Eriogonum
Wild-lilac Ceanothus, Willow Salix
Garden plants for bees
Basil Ocimum, Cotoneaster Cotoneaster, English lavender Lavandula,
Giant hyssop Agastache
Globe thistle Echinops, Hyssop Hyssopus, Marjoram Origanum, Rosemary
Wallflower Erysimum, Zinnia Zinnia
My students know I keep bees and are always bringing me in stuff
about them! -- Leslie
An Osterville Tale of Horror
At Armstrong-Kelley Park, we have had a disaster with wax moths.
Has anybody ever tried to clean frameswith a hot air gun which would
melt the wax but retain the base frame for new foundations?
Come to A-K Park for pretty Christmas lights and, if you hurry,
"Get A'Board or "Post A Poem" for a unique holiday
gift which helps to "grow" goodness as well as the gardens
of Armstrong-Kelley Park. Boards are $100. and poems are $300.
Call Carl Mongé at 508-420-3635 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Honey Crunch Recipe
- 1/3 cup margarine
- ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 6 cups Kellogg's Crispex cereal
- 1 cup mini-pretzels
- 1 cup salted mixed nuts, vegetable cooking spray
- In a 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan, combine Crispex, pretzels and mixed nuts and set aside
- In large saucepan, over medium heat, combine margarine, sugar, and honey. Bring to a boil an continue to boi for 5 minutes. Do Not Stir. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour syrup over cereal mixture, stirring until well coated
- Bake at 250 for about an hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheets. Store in airtight container. Yields 9 cups
Bee Hive Candy Recipe
We have had a request to repeat the following recipe, so ………………..
Microwave Recipe –
- In a 1-quart or larger microwave dish,
mix thoroughly 1 and ½ cups granulated sugar and ½
cup light corn syrup.
- Microwave on high, stirring every few minutes
until the mixture is clear and bubbles become thumbnail sized (about
10 minutes). STOP immediately if the mixture begins to brown. A
wooden spoon is very effective for stirring, as it can be left in
the dish while heating.
- Pour into a shallow mold made of cardboard,
or a container lined with paper to cool. The candy will become brittle
and can be slipped on top of the frames where the bees can consume
NZ wins bee trade dispute with US
New Zealand has resolved its second longest running trade dispute
with approval from the United States for the import of New Zealand's
honey bees and bee semen, Trade Minister Jim Sutton said.
In a statement he said Wellington first requested honey bee access
in 1978 but Washington blocked them.
Now, 26 years on and countless diplomatic representations later, the
US Department of Agriculture, which "heavily scrutinised the
biosecurity implications", has decided New Zealand bees "pose
no threat," Mr Sutton said.
New Zealand has been exporting queen bees to Canada worth around $A913
million a year and Mr Sutton says he expects the "niche market"
now open in the US to be worth around $A128,000 a year.
Lucy Wood has 20 plastic frames for sale @$1.00 each. 508-540-1813
Andy Morris has pieces of bubble wrap insulation that may be used to wrap hives. Apparently not large sheets, but large enough to piece-meal. Contact Andy at 508-362-7448 or email@example.com for more info
Ed Osmun has the following items for sale. You can catch him at the meeting or call him @ 508-833-9696.
- 12 oz Flat Panel Bears- $12. per 24.