H-E-B, Here We Come!
We are so thrilled that Lone Star Bee Company has joined up with the VERY best grocer in Texas! As of today, our Fiery Sweet Mesquite and our Lucky Lime & Sea Salt infused honeys are now on shelves at five Houston H-E-B Grocery locations! Swing by to pick up your very own!
H‑E‑B's story began over 100 years ago in a small, family‑owned store in the Texas Hill Country. Now, H‑E‑B serves families all over Texas and Mexico in 155 communities, with more than 340 stores and over 100,000 employees.
H-E-B is committed to excellence; exceptional service, low prices, and friendly shopping. No store does more!!
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 in the Winter
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.
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.