Bzzzzz....Show Some Love for the Honey Bee!

This Saturday, August 19th is National Honey Bee Day! 

All across the country, organizations and groups will be showing their love for the small but mighty insect that is directly responsible for pollinating the flowers of 1/3 of the fruits and vegetables that we eat! (Indirectly, honey bees are responsible for pollinating more than 70% of the crops that we eat) So this Saturday, show your Honey-Love!

Unsure as to how you can help save the honey bee? Here's three easy ways to get started!

 1.  Support your local beekeeper! Buying locally produced honey and other beehive products from the beekeepers at the Dane County Farmers' Market is a great way to show some love for the honey bee. In addition to MANY different kinds of honey, you will find beeswax, bee pollen, and honeycombs at Market.  

 2.  Grow a bee-friendly garden! Planting native, as well as nectar-producing, plants is a great way to attract more honey bees to your little corner of our ecosystem. Many DCFM members have plants available that are not only beautiful but also attractive to honey bees. Here are some ideas to get you started. Unsure as to which plants to select? The farmer is always right behind the stand - so just ask!

 3.  Get to know the honey bee! Honey bees are often blamed for painful bee stings, but most of the time, the culprit is actually another insect like a yellow-jacket or a wasp. Here are some helpful tips to help you better identify honey bees.