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Skirt Sports Pre-Holiday Pampering Sweepstakes

Posted on November 23, 2013 | 0 comments

As we’ve mentioned on Facebook and Twitter, we’re excited to team up with Skirt Sports for a fabulous sweepstakes!

This is one huge giveaway.  One lucky winner will receive:

You can enter the sweepstakes one time from now until November 26th.  The winner will be announced on the 27th. Click here to enter!

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Taking a Week Off

Posted on November 01, 2013 | 0 comments

It's been a crazy time at TheraBee the last couple of months, so we are taking a week off to recharge and come up with new ideas. Please note - any order placed 11/2 through 11/10 will be shipped the week of 11/11. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we really need the break.  Promise to return refreshed and ready to continue creating amazing things!!

~ C&M

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Free Shipping and new Retail Stores that sell TheraBee Honey

Posted on October 31, 2013 | 0 comments

Free Shipping at TheraBee HoneyIt has been just over a month since we launched TheraBee at the Sunset Magazine Savor the Central Coast Food and Wine Festival. We’re blessed and thankful that the response from retail and wholesale customers has been PHENOMENAL. That is good news—bad news—good news story.

Good news is that you can now find TheraBee honey and body care products online here as well as the following retail stores in an around the Central Coast:

Paso Robles/Templeton, CA

General Store Paso Robles

Halter Ranch Winery Tasting Room

Justin Winery Tasting Room

San Luis Obispo, CA

Assets Barre Fitness Boutique

Fromagerie Sophie (Opening November 15)

Lincoln Market and Deli

New Frontiers Market

Bad News is that we have already sold out of most of our first batch (Lot 1) of infused honey and will have to place your order and wait till Lot 2 has finished the infusing process. And therein lies the other Good News: We are making a LOT of infused honey, BUT, demand has been incredible, so get your order in now to ensure you get what you need for the holiday cooking and gift season! Remember, we have free shipping on orders over $75.

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Our Bees Do Not Have Udders

Posted on October 16, 2013 | 0 comments

One the first questions we are typically asked about our honey is “is your honey organic?” While we don’t use commercial treatments in our hives, nor use pesticides on our property, technically, we can say yes. However, that would be a bunch of BS!

Honeybee Flight RadiusThe truth is there is no such thing as organic honey, and if someone is labeling it so, than the first question you must ask is “how are you controlling where the bees are foraging?” You see, hungry bees will forage as far as a 5-6 mile radius from their hive. In order to be certified organic, a beekeeper must have complete control of that radius, ensuring the bees do not fly through pesticides, nor forage on pesticide treated agriculture. That means they would have to own thousands of acres.Honeybees don't have udders

And for those “certified organic” honeys – the question that should be asked is how are the certifying entities tracking the bees to verify a beekeepers claim that the bees do not leave their property? Well, according to an article "The Mystery Behind Organic Honey by LivingMaxWell - "some U.S. certifiers are granting certification to apiaries based on USDA organic rules for livestock. Yes, livestock." I'm sorry, but last time I looked, my bees did not have Udders!

In a 2011 article written by Alex Wild of Scientific America, and a professor on beekeeping said: Organic honey isn’t impossible. It’s just beyond of the ability of most beekeepers. Bee yards situated in isolated spots deep in the Adirondacks, or mountain valleys in sparsely-populated New Mexico, can probably pull off honey free of agrochemicals. Most beekeepers operate within a bee’s flight of pesticides, however, making “organic” honey an illusory proposition.

Alex goes into deeper explanation on this “illusory” problem, so make sure to read it in its entirety.

Further, with the growing use of pesticides and GMO's world-wide, I would think it would be even more difficult to make any organic claims on honey these days. 

Not convinced? Then here's more food for thought:

Is there such a thing as organic honey

The Truth About Organic Honey

Organic Honey, Is There Such a Thing?

I'm Martha Van Inwegen, and that's my perspective!

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Welcome To TheraBee

Posted on September 06, 2013 | 0 comments

TheraBee WelcomeHi, and welcome to TheraBee! First, thank you so much for your patience. We know many of you have been waiting a long time for us to develop a full site with the ability to purchase our honey and honey-based products on line.  Well, the wait is over!

We met many of you at the 2012 Earth Day festival in Paso Robles - since then, we have gone through a lot of changes and a lot of struggles. Back then, we were optimistic and full of hope that colony collapse would spare our hives. Unfortunately, we were hit hard and went from 62 hives that spring to 13 by the end of the year. That's a serious loss.

This year, we were able to bring our numbers up by capturing and relocating swarms from around the county through our free swarm removal service. In fact, the image you see here is of a colony that had taken residence in this old owl box in a neighborhood park. The box was put there many years ago and have had bees inhabiting it just as long. However, the straps that were holding the box to the tree were getting old, brittle and ready to break. Rather than have the box fall upon unsuspecting park visitors, we were asked to take it down and relocate it to a safe apiary. We did just that and today the colony continues to thrive. You can watch how we lowered the box from the tree in our YouTube Channel.

So we are once again optimistic as all of those hives have survived thus far and are looking very healthy.  We were able to harvest several gallons of honey in June and will now give the girls (yes, most all of the bees are girls) time to replenish and store more honey for their winter food supply.

We will be posting a lot of fun and informational content through this blog and our Save the Bee Project page. So sign up for our RSS feed and our newsletter. We promise we will not inundate you with weekly, or monthly newsletters - just quick notes about any special events, new product releases or sales every "once-in-a-while". We'd also appreciate if you would "like" us on Facebook and tell your friends about us.

Thank you and again, enjoy the site.

~ Curt & Martha Van Inwegen

 

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