{the buzz on bud’s bees}

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December 2016 – Winterizing the hives with waxed cardboard boxes

“How are the bees?” is a question Hans Hirshfield gets a lot.

In March, the U of M Bee Squad stopped by for a “Well Bee Checkup” and told us the Hirshfield’s Hives were healthy and happy. We lost two hives over the winter of 2015 and the University of Minnesota’s Hive to Bottle program lost 50% of the hives they managed. Fingers crossed  the winter of 2016 sees a lower bee hive failure.

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This will be the fourth year Hirshfield’s has participated in the U of M program. Last year Bud’s Bees produced 170 8oz. jars, plus enough honey to feed the bees over the winter. Can you see the “H” in the honeycomb? Custom label design by Julie B. in H’s Marketing Dept.

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Bud, Hans, and the Bee Squad back in 2014

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Spring 2016

One thing that you can do to help the bees is to buy plants that are neonicotinoid free. Check with your local garden center and see what they carry in neonicotinoid free plants.

The next time you’re stopped in traffic on 94 heading east, a block south of International Market Square, look to your right for the rainbow H on our building and you should see the tops of the Hirshfield’s Hives. Living the good life in the Harrison neighborhood.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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