Saving bees, one jar of honey at a time

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I tell people that I am “BEEgan and proud”, a play off of the word “vegan”. Vegans do not consume any animals or any animal products and I am a vegan. But, why make an exception when it comes to honey?

Without honey bees our food options would be minimal and bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. It’s called Colony Collapse Disorder, a phenomenon in which worker bees from a beehive colony abruptly disappear. Colony collapse is significant economically because many agricultural crops are pollinated by honey bees.

Without bees we would not have much to eat. That is why it is of upmost importance to support companies that are ethically raising pollinators, and Michigan Bee Co. is one of those companies who are doing it right. “The organic apple requires a pollinator and it’s usually the honey bee”, says John Ebers, Owner & fourth generation Beekeeper at Michigan Bee Co.

Since 1922 Michigan Bee Co. has endeavored to provide honey in its most virtuous form.  Each season their bees meander the rural areas of West Michigan sampling wildflowers such as Purple Cone Flower, Golden Rod and Clover to create this natural sweet treat.  “We do everything we can to keep our bees healthy and alive” says Ebers.  Their honey is harvested with minimal heating (never over 110 degrees Fahrenheit) and no filtering to ensure the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals remain whole.  Ebers adds, “At Michigan Bee Co., we believe honey should be enjoyed just as a bee does – as Pure Raw Honey.” And, they are local too. All of the honey is harvested within a 30 mile radius of Grand Rapids.

We are proud to support locally grown food and to offer Michigan Bee Co. Honey exclusively at D&W Fresh Market at Knapp’s Crossing in the produce department. Come in and buy a jar to help save our bees.

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