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The Buzz at Planet Bee on December 5th!
Welcome to The Buzz at Planet Bee, your monthly newsletter for all of the hive happenings at the honey farm!

Store Hours (open year round!)
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 5:30pm
Saturday 8:30am – 5:30pm
Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm

Christmas Hours (above hours excluding the following days)
Christmas Eve
9:30-3:00
Christmas Day CLOSED
Boxing Day 12:00-5:00

*Village Green Mall Location follows mall hours, available here: mall hours.
and will close permanently after Dec. 24th.

We have plenty of exciting news to share with you this month, read on for recipes, event announcements and much more!  Don’t forget that from now until Christmas Eve we have a satellite store in Village Green Mall! 

Until Dec. 24th only, we are bringing you our best selection of local, unique gift ideas to Vernon’s Village Green Mall. Shop a variety of raw honeys, natural body and skin care, beeswax candles, and endless ready-to-go gift baskets and beautiful product bundles!

Find us right next to Santa!
Product of the Month Our New Bee Durable Lotion!
What used to be our unscented lotion is now lightly scented with lime, grapefruit, and orange!
Also: New Size – 70ml in both our Durable and Bee Beautiful lotion scents, perfect for travel! December Hive Update
  Our bees have pretty much entered their semi-dormant state as the weather continues to get colder.  Having ensured their stores of honey are sufficient, all that we can do now is monitor occassionally and wait for spring! 
  Lotions – Shop Online!
Planet Bee Honey Glazed Salmon
  Ingredients: Cooking Spray 1/2 cup Planet Bee Premium Clover honey 1/4 cup lower-sodium Soy Sauce 1 (1 1/2-inch) piece peeled fresh Ginger, thinly sliced 1 Garlic clove, grated 4 (6-ounce) Salmon Fillets 2 cups cooked Brown Rice
Directions: Step 1
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray.
 
Step 2
Combine    honey and next 3 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat; simmer 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Cool marinade to room temperature.
 
Step 3
Place fillets in an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish. Pour cooled marinade over fillets, turning to thoroughly coat each. Let stand 10 minutes.
 
Step 4
Transfer fillets to the prepared pan. Strain marinade through a sieve into a small saucepan; discard solids. Bring the marinade to a simmer over medium heat; cook 5 minutes. Reserve 2 tablespoons marinade in a small bowl and 3 tablespoons in a separate small bowl. Discard any remaining marinade.

Step 5
Roast fillets at 400° for 5 minutes; remove pan from oven.

Step 6
Preheat broiler to high.

Step 7
Brush fillets with reserved 2 tablespoons marinade; broil 1 to 2 minutes or until fillets are done and glazed on top. Serve fillets over rice; drizzle with remaining 3 tablespoons marinade.
  Warm up your home this winter with natural Beeswax candles!
With a higher melting point than traditional candle waxes, these candles burn longer and cleaner actually purifying the air around you as they burn.
Click here to Shop Online

Available in a variety of sizes!
Did you know?
How do bees survive during the winter?
Once it drops to 10 degrees C, bees return to the hive where they will stay for the next few months, in a state of semi dormant hibernation. The bee colony clusters together to stay warm and protect the hive in winter. They do this by continuously shuffling the warm bees from the center to the outside of the cluster. The bees tend to become slower and slower as the weather gets colder, becoming dormant at around 8°C.
To produce heat in the cluster, the bees flex their wing muscles and move slowly across the frames, uncapping the wax to eat the stored honey. Individual foraging bees will leave the hive to collect water and dilute the honey to share.

Do bees leave the hive in the winter?
On warmer winter days – when temperatures hover above around 12°C – the bees will go and look for food. Borage is an annual plant, and other pollen-producing plants at this time of year include aconites, snow drops, hazel catkins and gorse.

Do bees have to go to the bathroom?
The bees can remain in the hives for up to 6 weeks, and like any other creature they need to eliminate the remains of what they have eaten. They won’t defecate inside the hive, so on a sunny warm day they will all leave the hive and do what we call ‘venting’. Bee-Friendly Tip of the Month
Tip – Struggling for last minute gift ideas?
We’ve found a meaningful and unique Christmas Gift from World Vision Canada:
Give the gift of beehives and equipment to a community in need this holiday season!
Click here for details!

  Stay Tuned for our next newsletter: Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family and team here at Planet Bee!  All the best in 2019!