About the Hives
At Millefleurs™, we have about seventy beehives — with about a fifteen to twenty in our lavender fields and the remainder at local farms in the County.
Like other Ontario beekeepers, each year we struggle to keep our bees healthy and grow our apiary. We may experience heavy winter losses from one year to the next, but the bees bounce back in the summer.
We love our bees. They work hard collecting nectar and making honey. We work hard to care for them and to protect them.
LATE JUNE TO OCTOBER:
11am to 5pm
from Thursdays to Mondays
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
REST OF THE TIME:
Bees Are Fascinating
Beekeeping or apiculture has been practiced for millennia. For instance, jars of honey were found in the tombs of Tutankhamun — still well preserved!
It is estimated that one third of human food supply depends on pollination by insects, birds and bats — a significant portion of which is done by honeybees.
In 2017-18, the average mortality of bees was 47%, as reported by the Ontario Beekeepers Association. This loss is attributed to an increase in parasites, harsh winters, and pesticide use.
The bees favourite colours in the garden are blue and yellow. Flowers in these colour hues are a good choice for bee-friendly gardens. They also like dandelions in the early spring because it is an early source of fresh nectar and pollen as they come out of long winter … so, wait before mowing!
And, please refrain from using pesticides as these are a likely culprit in bee mortality. As a gardener, you can also help by purchasing seeds and plant materials that have not been treated with neonicotinoids.
Myth & Lore
There are so many myths about bees — we really enjoyed researching these — one we like is the tale about a bee that carried a praying mantis across a river. The poor exhausted bee left the mantis on a floating flower but planted a seed in the mantis’s body before it died. It is said that this seed grew to become the first human.
Raw honey is removed from the hive and bottled directly after mechanical spinning and sieving. As such, it contains trace amounts of yeast, wax, and pollen. Local raw honey is believed to help with seasonal allergies. Honey also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
At Millefleurs we produce only raw, non-pasteurized honey so that it retains all its flavour and wellness benefits.
Please note that Honey is not suitable for children under twelve months.