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The Buzz at Planet Bee on February 6th!
Welcome to The Buzz at Planet Bee, your monthly newsletter for all of the hive happenings at the honey farm!

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We have plenty of exciting news to share with you this month, read on for recipes, event announcements and much more! 
We spread our love of bees every day of the year, but Valentine’s Day offers a special opportunity for you to support the bees while showering your sweetie in gifts from the hive!

Gift Ideas Include:
-Beeswax Candles for that romantic warm glow and sweet honey smell!
-All Natural Bodycare including lotions, body butters, and a clay mask!
-Honeymoon Mead with flavours such as Raspberry Romance!

  Our Brand New 2018 Raspberry Romance dessert mead is perfect when paired with your Valentine and a warm glow from a beeswax candle!
  News from the World of Bees! Solar farms are not just addressing the need for renewable energy, they are also becoming a source for food and habitat for dwindling pollinator populations. According to research from the National Renewable Energy Lab, America is expected to add more than 6 million acres of solar farms and facilities by 2050. In addition to hosting solar panels, however, more and more environmentalists are taking advantage of this energy farmland by planting wildflowers that are critical to the survival of honeybees and butterflies.

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Product of the Month
A new batch of our Blackberry Twist Mead was recently bottled and is now available for tasting and to purchase!
  Shop Online February Hive Update

Our winter has so far been very mild, we’ve even seen bees flying in the month of January, something which typically only happens once every ten or so years. This mild weather can fool our colonies into thinking an early spring has arrived.  More recently, temperatures have plummeted to minus 20, leaving newly laid brood vulnerable and bees unable to leave the hive.
Honeybees are Vegans, and this month’s recipe is Vegetarian! 

(Did you know Wasps, Yellowjackets and Hornets are carnivores and even canibals!) Honey Ginger Tofu Veggie Stir Fry
  Ingredients: For the stir fry 1 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice or farro 2 tablespoons canola oil 14 ounces extra firm tofu 2 cups chopped asparagus 2 cups shredded carrots 3 green onions, minced For the garlic ginger stir fry sauce 3 cloves garlic 2 tablespoons fresh ginger 2 tablespoons honey (more to taste) 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar 1/4 cup canola oil Directions: Sauce: Puree all the sauce ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  Tofu: Cook the rice or farro according to package directions. Cut the tofu into slices and press with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Wait a few minutes and press again – there’s lotsa water in there! Cut the tofu slices into small cubes. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When the oil is shiny, add the tofu and about 1/4 cup of the stir fry sauce (watch out because the sauce and oil will spatter a tiny bit – have a cover ready or just skip the sauce at this point). Pan-fry the tofu until golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towel lined plates.
  Veggies: Return the pan to the heat and add the asparagus with 1/4 cup stir fry sauce. When the asparagus is bright green and tender crisp, add the carrots and toss together. Arrange the veggies and tofu over the cooked rice or farro, and cover with more sauce to taste. Sprinkle with the green onions.
Last month we attended the IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism conference in Victoria B.C where we listened to some very thought-provoking lectures and panel discussions.

It was a great opportunity to network with other businesses who are working hard for sustainability and a firm reminder to consider our IMPACT in everything we do here at Planet Bee.  Read our Sustainability Statement here. Bee-Friendly Tip of the Month
Tip – Eating a plant based diet not only supports the planet but also honeybees, who are important pollinators of many fruits and vegetables.

If going fully Vegan seems a bit too big of a step, try opting for Vegetarian meals 2-4 times a week.
Check out our Recipe of the Month above for inspiration!   Stay Tuned for our next newsletter: Wednesday March 6th, 2019