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Low Country, What?

One morning at the farmers market a little boy came to the Savannah Bee booth and gave me a flyer for the Wilmington Island Farmers Market 2nd Annual Low Country Boil. Now I am a Michigan born and raised girl who just moved down to Savannah a couple of months ago, so when I heard…

Asian-Style Noodles with Spicy Honey Grilled Chicken

Makes 6 servings 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 2 cups (8 oz.) broccoli florets 1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin slices 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced 1 package (9 oz.) Asian style noodles 2 green onions 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds 1/3 cup rice vinegar 1/4 cup Savannah…

Adios Market Season

Well the farmers market on Wilmington Island has officially closed for the summer. Being able to go to the farmers market this season was a great way to spend my Saturday mornings, but to be able to be a vendor and sell Savannah Bee products made it even better. I remember going to the market…

What is Honeycomb?

What is honeycomb? Honeycomb is a cluster of repeating hexagonal beeswax cells that fill the interior of a  honeybee beehive. While adequate, this definition raises more questions than it actually answers. Let’s take a closer look at this miraculous substance and its ingenious design! Why the hexagon? Honeybees are not unique in their selection of the…

The Waggle Dance

A honey bee colony consists of tens of thousands of individual members, each having a specific role within the context of the “superorganism.” Communication among colony members is a very important part of a healthy and productive hive. Honey bees utilize two basic methods of communication to distribute pertinent information: behavior and the production of…

So What’s the Big Deal About Parabens?

Lately, it seems there has been a lot of fuss about chemicals known as parabens. Parabens are a class of chemicals that have historically been used preservatives throughout the cosmetic industry.

The Worker Bee

The Worker Bee - All worker bees are female. However, worker bees are unable to reproduce (eusocial). Worker bees play a critical role in nearly all colony activities. Worker bees visit flowers collecting pollen and nectar. Pollen is collected on the back legs of workerbees. These pollen baskets or corbicula are transported back to the colony. Back…

The Drone Bee

The Drone Bee - A honeybee colony is primarily female. Male bees, or drones make up a small percentage of a colony. Typically drones numbers range from 300-3000 depending on the maturity of the colony. A strong colony can exceed 80,000 individuals in the summer. Procreation is the primary function of the drone. The drones are…

The Queen Bee

The Queen - The Queen bee is the “life central” of the entire colony. The overall health or quality of the colony is ultimately a reflection of the overall health and vigor of the queen. The queen is the sole reproductively functional female of the entire hive. She is the only female with fully developed ovaries….

Trials BEEfitting an Amateur Beekeeper

There are a number of beehives at Savannah Bee Company. Most of these are employee hives that are used primarily for tours and education. SBC works with local schools, Boy and Girl Scout troops and tourists from out of town. We try to provide people with an understanding of why beekeeping is important, agriculturally as…

What is Propolis?

Propolis - Propolis is probably one of the most fascinating of all honeybee produced compounds. Propolis is a resin. It is very sticky when wet but dries into a dense, rigid, construction compound. Honeybees use propolis to seal small cracks and holes in their hives. Propolis itself is very resistant to fungal and bacterial infection and…

Honey Lavender Shrimp

Makes 6 servings Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 lb. rock shrimp 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced, fresh 1 Tablespoon salt white pepper 1/4 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup Savannah Bee Acacia honey 1-1/2 Tablespoons lavender flowers, dried Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and shrimp and cook halfway through…