Oryana Natural Foods Market
Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 East Tenth Street | Traverse City, MI 49684 | (231) 947-0191

Monday - Saturday 7:30am-9:00pm | Sunday 9:00am-9:00pm
Labor Day 9am-6pm

 

Bee Aware

Bee Aware Events in June

With summer in full swing in Northern Michigan, the bees will be out in the fields pollinating this season’s crops like our iconic tart cherries and crisp fall apples. Bees play a crucial role as pollinators of foods from almonds to strawberries to tomatoes as well as cherries and apples. It’s tough to imagine not being able to enjoy these foods, but a distressing worldwide decline in bee numbers behooves us to consider what life would be like without them.

Are those pesky, stinging insects really that important? Consider that about a third of our foods, some 100 key crops, rely on these insects and that bees contribute more than $15 billion to U.S. crop production. But bees are dying at an alarming rate. The winter of 2012-2013 showed an average loss of 45% of U.S. hives, and a total loss of 31% of commercial hives.

A major culprit in the decline of bees is a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids. Banned in Europe, the U.S. routinely uses neonicotinoids. Other factors include disappearing foraging habitat, fungal and viral pests, and the Varroa mite.

Stop by Oryana throughout the month of June and learn more about the plight of the bees and the valuable work they do throughout the world.

Bee Aware Events

Meet Your Local Beekeeper
Wednesday, June 10, 11 a.m. – 1 pm
Stop by Oryana and meet the owners of Dunbar Honey Farm in Roseville, Michigan. Try a sample of their honey products and learn all about their bees.

Meet Your Local Beekeeper
Friday, June 12, 2 – 4 p.m.
Stop by Oryana and meet the owners of Sleeping Bear Farms in Beulah, Michigan. Try a sample of their honey products and learn all about their bees.

Know Your Honey
Saturday, June 13, 12 – 2 p.m.  
What’s the difference between regular (heated) honey and raw honey? Is there a taste difference? Find out the answers to these sweet questions by tasting samples of various types of honey products including comb honey.

Meet Your Local Beekeeper
Thursday, June 25, 2 – 4 p.m.  
Stop by Oryana and meet the proprietors of Champion Hill Farm in Beulah, Michigan. Try a sample of their honey products including raw honey, wildflower honey, and honeycomb and learn all about their bees.

 

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