Meet our Beekeeper

When we have visitors to the farm, they are often drawn to the animals that share our fields with the vegetables.  The bronze chickens, the chubby pigs, and sweet-sounding turkeys are lots of fun to watch and they do important work cycling nutrients through the farm (in addition to providing us with meat!).  What often gets overlooked is the tremendous work that our smallest "livestock" perform--the hundreds and hundreds of bees that inhabit our land play a crucial role in all of our fruiting vegetables.  That includes cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, and melons--many of our most popular crops!  While many different insects are capable of pollinating, a resident population of bees is really important to having healthy fruiting crops on a vegetable farm.

Here at Blue Moon we have several hives of bees to do this important work, but we the farmers do not care for them.  We have a partnership with a local beekeeper Sue Richards, who lives and keeps bees right round the corner and tends our hives as well.  A mother of 3 boys (now grown), Sue started keeping bees about 18 years ago to help with pollinating fruit trees on her land.  The results were immediate and impressive, and sparked an interest that has grown from a hobby to a small business ("Bee Barf Honey"--I think her 3 boys had a hand in that name choice...).  In talking with Sue, I enjoyed the way she sees beekeeping as a way to connect her to the seasons, to the earth, and to her interests in botany and nature.

Sue's honey (which CSA members received in their share in the last couple weeks) is special as it represents our very very local flora of the farm and its surroundings.  It's a raw unprocessed honey, which carries small amounts of the pollens the bees collect (this is why local honey can help tame pollen-related allergies).  And it's sooo delicious!  

We'll have additional bottles of honey for sale throughout the season from Sue, and we're so grateful for our partnership with her 🙂

Sue giving a demo at our FarmKids Workshop this Spring

Recipe from Sue Richards:
Blue Moon & Bee Barf 
Honey Lime Field Greens Dressing 
¼ cup Lime Juice 
2 TBS BeeBarf Honey 
1 tsp Dijon mustard 
½ tsp garlic powder 
¼ tsp cumin 
½ tsp salt 
½ tsp pepper 
½ cup olive oil 
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously until well combined. Toss into your share of greens! 
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