USDA will feed the bees

sugar water feeder

“Q. When is the best time to feed the bees?

“A. The best thing is never to feed them, but let them gather their own stores. But if the season is a failure, as it is some years in most places, then you must feed. The best time for that is just as soon as you know they will need feeding for winter; say in August or September. October does very well, however, and even if you haven’t fed until December, better feed then than to let the bees starve.”

–C.C. Miller, A Thousand Answers to Beekeeping Questions, 1917

USDA is planning to spend $3 million to feed bees in five midwestern states. Read more


Honey Citrus Salad with Avocado

IngredientsHoney Citrus Salad with Avocado

  • 3 (6-inch) – corn tortillas
  • 4 – oranges
  • 4 – grapefruits
  • 1/3 cup – honey
  • 1/4 cup – raspberry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons – oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon – salt
  • 1 – avocado, sliced


Preheat oven to 255 degrees F. Slice corn tortillas into very thin strips. Place strips on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until dry and crispy. Set aside.

Peel oranges and grapefruits, then section, seed and place in large bowl; set aside.

In small bowl, whisk together honey, raspberry vinigar, oil and salt. Pour over citrus sections and toss gently.

Top with avocado slices and tortilla strips.



Honey Kiwi Raspberry Fruit Dip

honey kiwi raspberry dipIngredients

  • 1 – ripe kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup – unsweetened frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup – pure honey
  • 8 oz. – low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • Fresh fruit, for dipping


In the bowl of a food processor, combine kiwi, raspberries and honey; puree. Stir in yogurt. Serve with sliced fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, grapes, bananas, etc.)