Sheepishly I must admit, though I too learned about bees in elementary school and know about pollination, it was not until a few years ago when speaking to a farmer about the mysterious hive collapse phenomenon across the U.S. that is hit me like a ton of bricks that these creatures are the backbone of agriculture. Without bees pollinating everything there would be no crops. None. At all. It gave me a totally new appreciation for them.
The notably larger Bumble Bee is a totally different species, a solitary underground dweller, and an indicator of a fertile eco system
Some of Mark’s hives
Some of Medovina’s whipped honey I purchased last fall along with honey filled truffles!
Fermenting mead produces carbon dioxide which is released by this special bottle top
Mark’s mead can be purchased the Boulder Farmer’s Market as well as a number of other locations in Colorado. You can access locations on his website (click here).