Pure Canadian Prairie Honey

Canadian HoneyRaw Artisan Honey - Produced in Manitoba

Raw and Unaltered Wildflower Honey
My bees produce natural antibiotic and GMO free wildflower honey, just the way it is supposed to be. It is also unpasteurized* and unfiltered**.
After extraction from the combs, fresh honey is simply strained to remove any bits of comb wax, and then it is bottled, that's it!

1kg Glass Jar $ 7.90
Creamy Honey 1kg Glass Jar $ 9.50
3kg Pail $ 22.00
5kg Pail $ 36.00
15kg Pail $ 99.15
30kg Pail $ 189.65
*I do not pasteurize my honey like commercial packers do to keep it liquid on the shelf for a long time. Pasteurizing honey - heating it at 65.5 degrees, has its downside. Most of the healthy stuff like antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins are gone. Pasteurized honey also looses its natural aroma and flavor.
**Commercial honey is often ultra-filtered to remove any bits of pollen.
You may wonder why would packers remove the one thing that allows tracing the origin of their honey? Hmmm, good question!
Pure Canadian Wildflower Organic Honey


Know Your Beekeeper
Hello, my name is Gerry, I am a honey producer in the West Interlake region of Manitoba. I have been an apiarist for most of my life. Bees started buzzing in and around my head without warning almost half a century ago, when my brother's in-law gave me the opportunity to take care of his four hives.
Back then, I had a herd of milking goats, so I perceived honey as a perfect addition to my cheese production. Seizing the opportunity, I loaded all four hives into my car, and drove back home while thousands of bees were frenetically crawling on the windshield. It was a memorable experience for a would-be beekeeper. Was I scared? No. Did I lost many bees? No. Did I got stung? Nope, or maybe just a few times, but I don't really remember it. Anyway, we are still here today my bees and I, and we are pleased to present you our new crop; a smooth golden honey with a fine wildflower aroma!


Geographical Location of My Beeyards

Beehives in Manitoba

My bees have their home among the mixed-grass prairies bordering Lake Manitoba. Once a prime habitat for roaming buffalo herds, it is a landscape of marshes, bush-type forests, and meadows. Bees can find here an abundant supply of pollen and nectar. The season starts on willow and Manitoba Maple in the early Spring. It ends with the golden rod flow in September. In between, they have access to many wildflower species such as aster, coneflower, wild rose, and wild mint to name a few. There is also a profusion of chokecherry and saskatoon bushes.
I should mention a few bee-friendly naturalised plants. Puritans, French and German found dandelion to be so useful that they brought it along to the New World. But then so is the honey bee. Today, dandelion is one of the earliest and most abundant flowers to bloom across the prairies. It is generous in providing bees with a profusion of pollen and nectar for a high-energy boost to their (just emerging from the winter) hives.
Many other plants are good for domestic and wild bees as they are producing a high flow of nectar. Sweet clover or melilot is the ultimate example. But alfalfa, red clover and sainfoin are also very sought after.


Here Are A Few Common Prairie Wildflowers


Sweet-clover

Aster

Purple Coneflower
Wild Mint Copyright Wolf Country Apiary
Wild Mint

Yarrow

Giant Hyssop

FAQs About Honey

What is honey?
Bees make honey from the nectar they sip from the flowers. A long process of concentration-ventillation is required in the hive to transform the liquid nectar into the substance we call honey.

What are the components of honey?
Glucose and fructose are the major sugars found in honey. They are simple sugars that can be absorbed directly by our body, no disgestion process needed. But honey is way more than just natural carbohydrates. Honey also contains proteins, hormones, organic acids, and antimicrobial compounds. Honey is a rich storehouse of essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements for our human body.

What are the medical properties of honey?
Honey is a natural energizer as it is a source of rapid supplied energy. Applied to injury, minor abrasions and burns, honey can aid in healing. Honey is an effective antimicrobial agent. Honey will also boost our daily supply of antioxidants.
How long can I keep honey?
Honey stored in sealed containers can remain stable for decades and even centuries (National Honey Board). So, if you buy honey for long-term storage, your great great grandchildren will still be able to spread it over their breakfast toasts. In time, honey is susceptible to physical and chemical changes, it tends to darken and lose its aroma and flavor.

Will I get obese after eating honey?
Some people have the perception that since the sugar content in honey is high; one will start to get obese after eating it. But in fact honey is made up of 65 to 70% of glucose and fructose. These simple sugars are easily assimilated into the bloodstream thus it will not cause obesity easily.

How many forms of honey are there?
There are basically 3 forms of honey, namely liquid, crystallized and creamed honey.

Why does honey crystallize?
Most of all unheated, unfiltered honey will crystallize, some crystallize sooner i.e. heather, canola, sunflower, alfalfa, clover, lavender, dandelion. Whereas others remain liquid for months i.e. black locust, linden, fireweed. When honey does crystallize, it is perfectly normal, just enjoy it the way it is. If you want to re-liquify crystallized honey, place the sealed container in warm water for a while, but do not boil or cook it.

Is clear honey better than dark honey?
Not at all, honey color has nothing to do with quality, it comes from its floral source and ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown. Elvish honey from Turkey, the most expensive honey in the world, is amber. Manuka honey, another expensive honey from New-Zealand, goes from gold to amber, depending upon the region. The expensive Sidr Honey from Yemen is also amber. Of course, white and clear honeys are excellent too. Pure linden honey from Hungary has a delicate flavor, it can be very clear, almost tranparent.

Does honey contain additives
My honey does not contain any additives, preservative, added sugar or artificial color.

How much honey can I consume in a day?
Honey is taken as a form of nutrition supplement thus you can take honey as and when you like.

My Beeyards Through the Seasons

Late Winter - The End of a Long Sleep

April - Mother Nature is Waking Up

July - Nectar is Flowing Profusely

Consequence of a Prairie Fire

Devastation by Mr. Bear

Late August - Second Nectar Flow

About Bees and Beekeeping in Canada
What about wild bees?
There are over 800 species of native bees in Canada, approx. 250 in Manitoba.
Unfortunately many are threatened with extinction, thanks to pesticides*.

How long have bees been on earth?
A very long time, the oldest bee fossil found so far is over 100 million years old.

How far do bees fly?
Their forage range is up to 4 miles. Should they have to fly further, fuel consumption (honey) becomes too high, and their stored honey supply start to shrink. The most effective forage range is 1 mile and bellow.

How many foraging trips does it take to make honey?
Forager bees make approx. 150 trips to produce one teaspoon of honey.
Beekeeping in Canada
There are approximatively 8,500 beekeepers in Canada, and a little over 500 in Manitoba (Source: Gov. of Canada). Our country is the world's sixth largest producer of honey.

About pesticides!
Over 1,800 plants (seeds) are currently treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, this is very bad. Let me explain, everything we eat, the whole food chain, in getting contaminated. And also what we smell and look at (supermarket-sold flowers). These pesticides kill pests but also good bugs such as wild bees, butteflies, and they also harm birds who feed on those bugs.
Neonicotinoid based pesticides are up to 5,000 times more toxic than DDT for bees.
It's time to ban bee-killing pesticides by David Suzuki
Research Links Neonicotinoids to Monarch Butterfly Declines by Jonathan Latham
Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations

Pictures of my Homestead

Farm Raised Pigs
Grazing Pigs Feasting on Acorns
Free running poultry
Free Running Poultry
Organic Garden
Chemical-GMO Free Vegetable Garden

Buffalo Country Apiary
PO Box 649
Lundar, MB R0C1Y0
Phone: (204) 762-5523
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