Julie and the Bees bee hive

Q: What is your return policy?

A: Our return policy can be found by clicking the link above or by clicking here: https://www.julieandthebees.ca/returns-policy/

Q: Where do you ship to?

A: Our shipping information can be found by clicking the link above or by clicking here: https://www.julieandthebees.ca/shipping/

Q: How is honey made?

A: Honey is made by honey bees as a product of foraging for nectar and storing it as food within complex honeycomb structures. 

Q: Why do different brands of honey taste different?

A: Honey flavour and colour is dependant on the area the bees are located. The varietal of flower available to the colony of honey bees changes the honey giving a range of honey from mild, fruity, buttery, and strong. Usually the darker the colour the stronger the flavour. Julie and the Bees honey is a product from our bees foraging on an abundance of wildflowers, heritage fruit trees and forest tree blossoms and water from streams close to the bee hives. 

Q: What is the shelf life of honey?

A: Shelf life for honey has been established at around two years. But honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades and even centuries! However, honey is susceptible to physical and chemical changes during storage; it tends to darken and lose its aroma and flavour or crystallize. When crystallizing occurs simply place container in warm water and stir.

Q: My honey has crystallized, what do I do?

A: When crystallizing occurs simply place container in warm water and stir.

Q: Where is Julie and the Bees located?

A: Our farm is located on a beautiful, isolated and untouched area in Southwestern Ontario.

Q: What are the nutritional facts for honey?

A: Per 1 tablespoon (20g): 60 calories / 0g fat / 6% (17g) carbohydrates/glucides / 16g sugars / 0g proteins. Honey is not a significant source of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol. sodium, fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium or iron.

Q: What are the nutritional benefits of honey?

A: Honey has long been used for sore throat, cold and flu, allergies, laryngitis, bronchitis, tracheitis, asthma, inflammation of the gastro - intestinal tract, kidney and gall diseases, sweetener, condiment and beauty product. 

Q: How safe is honey?

A: Honey is one of the safest foods. Most harmful bacteria cannot live in honey for any length of time. Honey is anti-bacterial, expectorant, and an anti-inflammatory.

Q: How much honey can bees produce?

A: A single bee colony can produce more than 100 pounds (45 kg) of extra honey and this is what is harvested by the beekeeper! 

Q: How many bees does it take to gather a pound of honey?

A: It requires 556 worker bees to gather a pound of honey. 

Q: How many bees does it take to pollinate an area?

A: It takes one colony of honey bees (around 30,000 bees) to pollinate an acre of fruit trees. Pollination success increases if there are more honey bees present at the time of peak flowering. Natural pollinators are disappearing rapidly and each year we become more dependent on honey bees for many of our daily foods 

Q: Does Julie and the Bees products contain pesticides?

A: Julie and the Bees live on land that is free of pesticides. Julie cares deeply about the bees health and the health of the humans who consume their honey. 

Q: How do you harvest the honey?

A: We take the utmost care when harvesting the honey to maintain the highest level of live enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

Q: How do you store the honey?

A: Our honey is stored before jarring in 304 food grade stainless steel extractor and holding tank from Italy to preserve quality of honey.

Q: I heard the bees are dying, what's this all about?

A: Bees are critical to the environment and to our food as they are responsible for pollinating our food supply. This topic is now making the headlines and people are beginning to take notice of the rapid decline in the bee population. Scientists from the U.S.A. to France and Spain and all the way to U.K.  are trying to solve the mystery of what's causing the disappearance of the honey bee. I have my own thoughts as to why we are losing these precious creatures, there have been pesticides specifically neonicotinoids (neonics) that have caused much harm and chaos in the past and present but Europe and now Canada are monitoring and restricting the use of this pesticide to help not only our bees health but to help with the effects this pesticide has had on birds other pollinators and humans but there are other issues facing our planet and it is about not having enough fence lines around crops, as we have changed our farming practices over the years causing  there to be no longer an abundance of good clean weeds and flowers to keep our bees well fed and healthy.    There are many things that people can to do help our bee challenges and I urge you to watch Marla Spivak's Ted talk on bee decline it will then make sense and explain positive steps to help in our plight to be good stewards of the land not only as beekeepers but anyone can do their part.                                                                                                                                                                        Here is the link: https://www.ted.com/talks/marla_spivak_why_bees_are_disappearing

Q: How do I help save the bees?

A: There are many things everyone can do to help.   Plant trees, especially bee friendly trees like Basswood, maple, pear, cherry. Perennials like lavender, sedum, clover, sweet yellow clover,.  Annuals like sunflowers and just about every herb under the sun especially oregano, thyme,basil and lemon grass. Leeks and just about any vegetable or fruit produce flowers and nectar the bees crave. You can order a copy  of how to plant a bee friendly garden from the University of Guelph.  One of my favorite books to help decide on what to plant in your garden is called Victory Gardens for Bees written by a Canadian beekeeper named Lori Weidenhammer.   Make sure the plants and seeds you purchase are organic or grown without the use of chemicals and pesticides.  A few places i can suggest are:  Hawthorn Seeds, Trout Lily organic seedlings, Wild things perennials.  A great place to get your organic worm castings soil to help make these plants thrive is Gro 4 organics.  You can even get organic vegetables to plant from home depot called Burpees.    Other things you can do is support your local beekeeper and buy local honey instead of imported honey, our honey is not mixed with any kind of fillers or blended with honey imported from China which contains a large amount of sugar syrup.  Our country has many amazing areas that provide food for bees naturally.   Preserving land to keep it from being developed by supporting a bee sanctuary can help tremendously too(info to follow on this shortly).