To Our Customers
As we all know, 2021 was a very hard year, including for our bees and, in general, for honey production. In the spring, we saw larger than normal damage to hives because of the excessive fluctuations in winter temperatures. Temperature change is the biggest threat to bees in winter, and last winter saw many of these extreme changes. The cold weather also lingered, meaning we were not able to get into the hives as early as we normally do. In the summer, drought conditions and extreme high temperatures meant there was no nectar for the bees to gather. All of the bees’ energy was spent trying to regulate hive temperature for the queens. As beekeepers, we could provide water, but many hives succumbed to the heat anyway. The fire season that followed, and the extreme rain and floods in the fall added even more challenges to already stressed hives. Many beekeepers lost hives to these weather elements. These conditions were consistent across western Canada, and as a result, honey production was very low, and bee populations were decimated.
Our business was not spared from the challenges of 2021. As a result, we will have to supplement our own honey with other locally produced honey. Please be assured that we will only do this when necessary. We will also only accept product from beekeepers we know, who follow the same procedures as we do when dealing with their bees. We will be working on strengthening our hives and bees throughout the year, as weather conditions permit, so that we can eventually be fully self-sufficient.
We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, and we have explored all possible ways that would allow us to continue production without an increase in the cost of our products. Unfortunately, this situation, combined with the increased costs for jars, buckets, labels, and transportation of supplies, has left us with no other option but to increase pricing. We value all of our customers, and we will do our best to continue to provide you with a high-quality product.
Thank you for purchasing this product from Orchard Blossom Honey!
Orchard Blossom brand honey, started 36 years ago in Keremeos, British Columbia, has moved to Armstrong, to be part of Home Sweet Home Apiaries, continuing the tradition of providing local honey straight from our very own hives.
You can find our products, including our local honey and creamed honey, in stores throughout the valley. You can also purchase them directly at our farm gate store, where we also have bulk honey sales. Bring your bucket, and we'll fill it up. If you don't live in the Okanagan Valley, call us or drop us a line, and we'll be happy to send your order to you.
Along with our bulk, liquid, and creamed honey, check out our other products listed below!
We have both Okanagan Wildflower (clear) honey and creamed honey available. We sell it in 500g and 1kg jars, as well as in 3kg, 5kg, and 15 kg buckets. We also have bear containers that hold 375g of Okanagan Wildflower honey.
We are happy to work with wedding parties to create the perfect wedding favors for your guests. Our wedding favors are 45ml (approx 1/4 cup) clear hexagon jars of Okanagan Wildflower honey, capped with a gold lid.
Our flavored honey is made with the finest creamed honey, mixed with natural flavoring.
When bees forage for nectar from the flowers, they also gather pollen that they bring back to the hive. Pollen contains all known vitamins, all 23 amino acids, all 27 minerals, all trace elements, hormones, and enzymes, as well as carbohydrates and high amounts of protein. Beekeepers 'trap' the pellets of pollen as the bees take it into the hive.
It relieves inflammation
It is an antioxidant
It improves liver health
It strengthens the Immune system
It is a valuable dietary supplement
It eases symptoms of menopause
It is a stress reducer
It accelerates healing.
When we 'trap' the pollen, we make sure to do it for only very limited periods in order to not deprive the bees of something so vital to them.
Bees use propolis, a sticky, resinous material, to seal holes and cracks in the hive, which then blocks out dangerous microbes and fungi. It is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant.
It discourages infections
It is a treatment for burns
It is a treatment for ear infections
It supports the immune system
It is a treatment for nail infections
It promotes dental health
We have propolis available in capsules, throat/skin spray, and tincture in both alcohol and glycerin.