Each Saturday, you can find Lone Star Bee Company's honeys at Eleanora's Market held at Cavatore Italian Restaurant in The Heights (Houston, Texas) at the corner of Ella Boulevard and TC Jester Boulevard! Come see us as well as 30+ other vendors selling the most high quality produce, meats, baked goods, art, textiles, flowers and more. We’re excited to be part of this great Farmers & Artisans Market from 9:00AM-1:00PM, rain or shine!
Be sure to come back later in the evening and treat your date to a fantastic dinner at Cavatore Italian Restaurant. Giancarlo Cavatore founded the restaurant in 1983 and brought with him delicious recipes from Bologna (Northern Italy) where his parents called home. Folks come for the great Italian food and for the ambience, which includes live piano music every night. Cavatore is located at 2120 Ella Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday from 11:00–2:30 for lunch and Monday through Saturday from 5:30-10:00 for dinner.
Bees spend all spring and summer preparing for a cold winter by stocking up on as much honey as they can possibly create. When winter finally arrives, bees stay dormant inside their hives at temperatures below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. They huddle closely together to keep their queen warm, at about 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
Yesterday, we inspected our hives, as the temperature in our region of Texas made it up to the low 70s. The bees were no doubt glad to have a warmup and venture outside of their boxes. And, this gave us an opportunity to see how they have been faring the past couple of months. The photos above are from yesterday's hive inspection. Click on each photo to get a great view of our bees at work.
UL: Bees are stretching their legs and wings on the landing board. They are taking time to clean the inside and outside of their hive box, as it has been several days since they have had the opportunity.
UR: Looking inside our hive and down at the frames, we were happy to see our bees are healthy and active.
LL: Do you see the queen? She is near the middle and in the process of laying eggs. Look closely at the dark circles (cells) and you will see a tiny egg in each one.
LR: This is the result of the bees' hard work from the past spring and summer; beautiful capped honey for the bees to continue to eat for the remainder of winter.
Mark and I truly enjoy our hobby as beekeepers! Whenever we can find time to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, we make a two hour drive to the Texas countryside to tend to our eight hives. A couple of days ago, we checked in on our bees and found them very busy preparing for winter. The colonies are very healthy with hive boxes full of honey.
With shorter days, bees anticipate winter. To prepare, they have created all of their honey stores to last them for several months. Soon, the outside temperature here in Texas will begin to fall into the upper 50s, and the bees will remain inside their hives. They will gather toward the center of the hive box and create what beekeepers refer to as a “cluster”. They gather tightly together with one goal in mind; to keep the queen warm. To do this, the bees flutter in a constant motion and work hard to reach a core temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This constant motion requires a lot of energy and that is why it is important for the bees to have plenty of honey going into the winter months.
So it is plain to see how important it is that as beekeepers, we are certain the bees' honey stores are in good shape before the winter season arrives.
We've tinkered around with our infused honeys as fun ingredients in many cocktails, but Joe and Michelle, from Houston, Texas, came up with the best cocktail yet! This is a new twist on an old recipe that you must try. See how easy and fun it is to become a mixologist at home! Thanks for sharing, Joe and Michelle!
Bee-Haw! You can now find our delicious infused honeys on the shelf at a wonderful olive oil and vinegar shop at Fort Worth's Sundance Square. The Virgin Olive Oiler is located at 416 Commerce Street, offering the freshest certified extra virgin olive oils from around the world.
Shoppers have a chance to enjoy a trendy and fashionable culinary experience of many fresh and flavorful selections. The Virgin Olive Oiler offers customers complimentary samplings of their tasty oils and vinegars.
If you ever find yourself in Fort Worth, a visit to Sundance Square is a must! Located in downtown Fort Worth, Sundance Square is home to dozens of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Forty-two buildings, both historic and modern, make up the complex totaling over three million square feet of retail and office space. Brick streets line the trendy shops and a large entertainment plaza allows for a very inviting place for live music, theater, arts, and fitness. Sundance Square is a perfect fit for The Virgin Olive Oiler and we are thrilled to have our honeys available alongside their savory olive oils!
We had a fabulous time at the International Bacon Fest in Houston this past weekend! Highlights of the event included Bacon Bros Public House’s amazing bacon inspired foods, as well as Buttz Food Truck that specializes in smoked pulled pork sandwiches. Some passersby drizzled our delicious and spicy Fiery Sweet Mesquite honey on their meals (we love it when that happens)! The food was amazing…so many intoxicating flavors floating in the air!
Others that joined included Wokker Texas Ranger Food Truck, Shucking Corn, Texas Beer Bus, Grandma’s Boys Lemonade, Doughmaker Doughnuts, Small Batch Pork Rinds, among others.
And the music was a great mix…super cool! Bow Legged Monkey, DJ Wild Boi Jake, Texas Joe Bailey and Blaze X Black.
We can’t wait to come back next year!
Have you noticed that the weather in Dallas is fantastic this time of year? There's no better way to enjoy this great fall season than spending time at the State Fair of Texas.
A trip to the State Fair of Texas provides endless amounts of fun for everyone. Schedule time to head out to Fair Park any day beginning September 29 through October 22 and partake in your choice of more than 100 daily shows, live music and family-friendly activities.
Join Lone Star Bee Company at the GO TEXAN Pavilion presented by Southwest Dairy Farmers, and the GO TEXAN Pioneer Brand General Store. At the GO TEXAN Pioneer Brand General Store, you can pick up our Fiery Sweet Mesquite honey and our Lucky Lime & Sea Salt Clover honey (next to the State Fair Wine Garden and close to the Cotton Bowl)!
Houston friends, Lone Star Bee Company has joined the University of Houston in their spanking brand new farmer's market! The first of the University's markets was held this past Wednesday at the main campus and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with students and staff as they took time to visit with us and learn about our honeys.
Lauren Ross (Director of Wellness and Sustainability, University of Houston Dining Services) and Alonso Munoz (Hotel Restaurant Management, University of Houston) and their teams have worked hard to create a fantastic market which includes vendors such as Loam Agronomics, Popston, Plant it Forward, Texas Hill Country Olive Company, Kickin' Kombucha, Let Them Eat Cobbler, Radicle Fresh Juice, and Lone Star Bee Company, among others.
We are thrilled to bring our wares to the students and faculty at the University of Houston and can't wait to return to the campus. Future market days are scheduled for every other Wednesday through the remainder of 2017. We hope you can make it out to join us and look forward to seeing you there!
Lone Star Bee Company enjoyed last weekend with We Olive & Wine Bar's owners, Kevin and Virginia, at their fabulous grand opening in Shreveport, Louisiana! We sampled our infused honeys and made many new friends.
If you are ever visiting Shreveport, you must venture over to the Shoppes at Bellemead at 6535 Youree Drive and check out their very cool olive oil shop. While there, you can sample premium olive oils, craft beers, fine wines, and enjoy scheduled events with artisan producers and winemakers. Find your spot on the inviting patio and indulge in olive oil inspired tapas and your choice of artisan domestic wines!
Dripping Springs, Texas is well-known as the “Gateway to the Hill Country.” Just 20 minutes west of Austin, Dripping Springs attracts folks to live music venues, rodeos, wineries, craft breweries and local distilleries. This past weekend, Lone Star Bee Company was thrilled to participate as a specialty vendor at the 10th Annual Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival.
Dripping with Taste festival showcased many Texas vineyards and wineries, breweries, distilleries and gourmet food fares from the area. The festival also included cooking demonstrations, drink mixology classes, and specialty vendors – like Lone Star Bee Company! Rum, vodka, gin and even whiskey distilleries joined the party. It was a true celebration of the Texas Hill Country and the flavor of Texas!
Thank you to those who came out to see us. We had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back again for the 11th Annual Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival next year!
Nicki Praiswater is co-founder and co-owner of Lone Star Bee Company alongside her life-partner, Mark Crippen. Together, they both enjoy beekeeping, traveling and eating great foods.