Each year beekeeper Marina Marchese invites members of the public to watch as she adds new honeybee colonies to her hives. According to Marina it’s common for beekeepers in Connecticut to lose many, if not most, of their bee colonies over the harsh Northeast winter.
Marina’s Italian honeybees were trucked up from Georgia in small crates. She and her crew of experienced beekeepers and beekeepers in training prepare the hives for their new occupants, educate guests about honeybees and beekeeping, and finally transfer thousands of bees from the crates to the hives.
Marina Marchese is president of the Backyard Beekeeper’s Association and her book, “Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper”, was recently released in paperback after a successful publication in hardcover. Carol Herman, the Books Editor at The Washington Times, named Marchese’s HONEYBEE as one of the “Books We Loved” in 2009. Red Bee Honey is listed in the most recent edition of Patricia Brook’s “Food Lovers’ Guide to Connecticut”, a best of the best foodie guide to Connecticut. Lucky guests were treated to comb honey straight from one of the hives that not only survived the winter, but which had been so productive during the early spring that it produced over 100 pounds of honey according to Marchese.
The First Hive
The Hive Top Feeder
Red Bee Honeys can be purchased at: Fairfield’s Brick Walk farmers’ market (Sat. 9-12), Fairfield Cheese Company (Fairfield), Catch a Healthy Habit Café (Fairfield), Babycat Milkbar (Wilton), Aux Delices (Greenwich/Darien), Plum Pure Foods (Old Greenwich), Practically Green (Ridgefield), Jones Family Winery (Shelton), Artisan Foods (Southbury), and McLaughlin Vineyard (Sandy Hook).