Buzzing Into Summer

Embrace the Season with Our Bee-Approved Tips

Summer is here! We live for the long days of sunshine, warm weather, blooming flowers and we’re not the only ones – pollinators are most active in summer for the very same reasons. Pollinator health is of upmost important to us at Bee Healthy Cafe. We have a special affinity for – you guessed it – the bee! Let’s take a closerlook at our friend and inspiration, the bee, and see how we can learn from them.

Eat Like A Bee:

What do bees eat anyways? They spend a lot of time on flowers, but they aren’t depleting them or eating them up. In fact, they have a symbiotic relationship with flowers! Bees get all the nutrients they need from nectar and pollen produced by flowers. Nectar is a liquid that provides for the daily energy needs of the bee giving them the fuel they need to go from flower to flower. Pollen is a powdery grain that contains the genetic material that flowers need to produce even more flowers. Pollen provides protein, vitamins and minerals essential for growth and development of not just the one bee, but the whole hive. While flowers are blooming, bees are busy storing up for what they’ll need to get through the winter months. Some flowers’ pollen has higher nutrition content than others, which is why you’ll see bees going crazy for certain types of flowers – sunflower, goldenrod, and rose to mention a few. Bees have a refined palate and will seek out what’s best.

What can we learn from our friend the bee about how to eat? 

1. Eat, but don’t deplete. Support sustainable and pollinator friendly practices to encourage the growth of what’s good.

2. Eat what’s good, when it’s good by eating seasonally.

3. Seek out highly nutritious options and keep going back for more. Your palate will follow and crave what’s good. 

Live like a Bee: 

If you’ve been outside near a garden, you’ve surely seen a bee or several! When bees find something they like, they head back to the hive and communicate through a booty waggle dance. This dance gives information about the distance and direction of a newly discovered sweet treat so other bees can find the goods. Bees don’t just use nectar and pollen to nourish themselves, they bring it back to the hive to store up for future generations of bees. While bees are being their bee-selves, they are facilitating the process of pollination which is essential for reproduction of flowering plants, bringing humans the foods that are crucial to living a good life, like fruits, vegetables and nuts.

What can we learn from our friend the bee about how to live?

1. Tell your friends where to find the good stuff. Go ahead, waggle your butt.

2. Bring home what’s good for those you love and reap the benefit for generations. 

3. As you go, be good. Think about your own practices, are they serving a bigger purpose, beyond yourself? 

At Bee Healthy Cafe, we truly believe if we are good to bees, they will be good to us. That belief carries over into our business practices. We strive to be good, every time. And we hope you’ll share the goodness with your friends – waggle if you will. 

If we could store up summer – the joy of extra time, sunshine, warmth, peak season flowers, fruit and veggies – in one happy hive, we would; Bee Healthy Cafe is our best attempt! We want to be your go-to when you’re seeking something fresh and provide you with the goodness of summer year-round.  It’s no coincidence that the first day of Summer (June 20) is right in the middle of Pollinator Week (June 17-23). Learn more here!

Summer is peak time for pollinators. In addition to bees, keep your eyes open for other pollinators like butterflies, moths, birds, bats, beetles and wasps. Wondering how you can be a friend to pollinators? Here are some tips