Mar 15

Bee Informed Partnership offers Colony Monitoring Service

March 12, 2014

We are looking for beekeepers from across the country who manage 10 or more stationary colonies and would be ready to participate in this Real Time Disease Load Monitoring of Nosema and Varroa mite levels over the course of the next 6 months.

We are very happy to inform you that the Bee Informed Partnership is moving forward with another step in our long term goal to reduce honey bee colony losses by officially launching our Real Time Disease Load Monitoring (Tier 4). Please note, this monitoring is limited to the first 100 participants and priority will be given to bee groups and clubs.  If you are part of a local club or beekeeping group, please make them aware of this project and we’d be happy to have the group involved.

Participants in the program will receive the protocol ( and sampling material needed to collect ½ cup of bees from 8 colonies each month of the active season. After sending the samples to our diagnostic lab at University of Maryland for processing, you will receive a report detailing the Varroa mite and Nosema spores loads in your 8 colonies. Our goal is to send your monthly report to you within 2 to 3 weeks of your shipment date. On top of those monthly reports, a final summary report will be compiled at the end of the season to allow you to compare your results to the rest of the participants. Please click on the link to see the final report from last year’s Pilot project (  We believe that knowing the actual loads of disease in your colonies will help you evaluate the need or success of management practices and ultimately contribute to reducing honey bee colony losses.

The cost of this project is valued at $480 per participant for the 6 month period, BUT the Bee Informed Partnership is subsidizing the cost by 50% for this year. So the cost to you will be $240 for 6 months (April-September or May-October) and then $40 a month for each additional month should you want to extend your season’s sampling.  We also need you to be willing to pay for shipping the samples back to our lab, estimated at less than $12 per month.

T4 Real Time Disease Load Monitoring Participation cost     

$240 for 6 months
+ shipping costs
+ $40 for additional months

Your participation will consist of taking samples from the same 8 colonies every month during the active season and complete a monthly questionnaire so we can link management practices to disease and mortality levels. As we gather more longitudinal data, we will be able to compare your results to regional and seasonal levels in your area and across the US. The management survey will aid in the development of models that can help beekeepers make real time treatment decisions and to evaluate the effectiveness of current and emerging control methods. Your participation in this research is confidential. In any publication or presentation resulting from this research, no personally identifiable information will be disclosed.

To registered participants in the Real Time Disease Load Monitoring (Tier 4), we are also offering a Pollen Trap Collection Pilot Project. The information gathered from this program will provide a record over time of the variety and quantity of floral sources that your honey bees are collecting pollen from. Participants will receive an end of year report of the estimate floral diversity in their area which should be helpful to understand regional pollen flows and dearth.

Interested beekeepers who wish to participate in this pilot study will receive the protocol and collection materials (including a new pollen trap, for which we ask a reimbursement of $20) and should engage their pollen trap on one colony twice a month and send back the samples to the University of Maryland diagnostic lab along their monthly samples. Participation to this pilot project will be limited to 20 participants this year. Bee Informed Partnership is subsidizing the cost fully for this pilot year. We would need you to be willing to pay for shipping the samples back to our lab (together with the samples), estimated at less than $12 per month and reimburse the cost of the new pollen trap ($20).

If you are interested in participating in this longitudinal monitoring sampling, with or without the pollen trap collection project, please email and include your name, mailing address and how many colonies you have. We will then contact you if you have been selected to participate.

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Feb 07

Honey Fudge

Honey Fudge
A great FAST recipe that works well if you need a "little sweet" for when last minute company comes by...
  • ½ c. butter (not margarine), at room temp
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • ½ c. honey (I used a light honey)
  • ¼ t. vanilla extract
  1. Line a mini-muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Place all ingredients in a food processor.
  3. Process until blended
  4. Scoop into min-muffin tin
  5. Place in fridge for about 2 hours.
These are really rich and a bit on the soft side. I've seen other recipes that use coconut oil instead of butter. I tried it....let's just say they weren't worth the calories!


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Feb 02

Honey Glazed Chicken

Honey Glazed Chicken
Easy enough for a weekday meal, delcious enough for company. I used a light honey, but a darker honey would be tasty also. You could also substitute basil, tarragon or dill for the rosemary
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 c. orange juice
  • ½ c. honey
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add chicken.
  3. Let each side brown (about 4 minutes per side).
  4. Add chopped rosemary and cook for another minute.
  5. Whisk together orange juice, honey and cornstarch.
  6. Add to the skillet.
  7. Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through (about 15 minutes).
  8. Remove from heat and serve over rice, couscous or millet.


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Jan 29

Honey-ed Bacon Pork Tenderloin

Honey-ed Bacon Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 2 pounds)
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 12 pineapple rounds (or chunks)
  • ⅓ c. honey (I used a dark wildflower honey, a buckwheat honey or other flavorful honey would be delicious)
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spray a roasting pan with cooking spray
  3. Put tenderloin in roasting pan. Wrap bacon around the tenderloin.
  4. Overlap the pieces and tuck them under the pork.
  5. Drizzle honey over the pork.
  6. Scatter pineapple around the pork.
  7. Roast for about 40 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 150.
  8. Let stand a few minutes before slicing.
  9. Serve with honey glazed carrots and a side salad.


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Jan 23

Package Bees for Sale – Lima, Cincinnati and Tipp City, Ohio

These packages are fresh from Gardner’s Apiaries in Georgia.  They get picked up and are transported overnight for delivery the next day.  

The packages are Garner’s #3, which include an Italian queen, for the 2014 price of $90.  
Extra queens may be purchased for $23 each.

See for more details and order forms.


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Jan 21

Apple Honey Raisin Muffins

Apple Honey Raisin Muffins
  • ½ c. sugar (white or brown)
  • ¾ c. oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c. honey
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1½ c. flour
  • 1 c. whole-wheat flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 2 apples -- finely chopped
  • ¾ c. raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Line muffin pans (makes about 1½ dozen muffins).
  3. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar and oil.
  5. Whisk in the eggs, then honey and vanilla.
  6. Fold in apples and nuts.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until muffins are done.
  8. Let cool 5 minutes and then remove from muffin tin.
  9. Enjoy with a glass of apple cider or honey-sweetened tea.


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Jan 21

Simpson’s Bee Supply – 2014 Package Bee Prices

Accepting requests for Package Bee orders scheduled for the 3 rd. week of April 2014 weather pending in California.

Call or E-Mail

 California Packages     CALL for quantity pricing

2 lb. California Italian or Carniolan Packages $85.00 10+ $ 83.00

 3 lb. California Italian or Carniolan Packages $105.00 10+ $103.00

4 lb. California Italian or Carniolan Packages $120.00 10+ $118.00

 Queen Cages do not have candy, 4 days after installing replace cork with a miniature marshmallow

We recycle California package cages returned in original condition.

Payment Confirms Order


California Queens are not Marked or Clipped    

Italian or Carniolan Queens $26.00 each, Postage & insured is $9.00 per envelope up to 10 Queens

For packages mailed & insured add $45.00 postage per package, April

Payment Confirms Order


***Package Bee Notice *** Terms - Request Italian or Carniolan Queens, by placing your order you agree to accept which ever queen that comes in the package, no exceptions or adjustments.

***Notice*** The above Terms also apply to the amount of bees that are in the package.

***Warning we will not commit Postal Fraud, it is the responsibility your postmaster to file a claim for your loss. We do not witness the loss and cannot file a claim for your loss.

***Warning Request 2 lb., 3 lb. or 4 lb. package bees, by placing your order you agree to accept which ever size package we are able to get with adjusted price, no exceptions or complaints.

We had this happen once in 30 years.


    We will notify you upon arrival by email if you wish or by phone and if you have voicemail we will leave a message.

If you want to be notified in some other way please give instructions when you place your order.




We are a full service bee supply business and provide service after the package bee sale.

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Jan 21

BEEpothecary – Health ~ Powered by Bees

Specializing in Health Supplements and Skin Care, Hair Care, and Shaving Products containing the AMAZING Propolis, along with honey, beeswax, and pollen. 

Blog Site  –
Online Market -
contact –,   614-450-2339

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Jan 18

Great Glaze

Great Glaze
When you don't have time (or forgot) to marinate the chicken/pork/fish for dinner--- here's a delicious and easy glaze:
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 3 T. low salt soy sauce
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar (or cider vinegar)
  • 1 t. grated fresh ginger (or ginger juice from a thawed piece of ginger)
  • 1 clove garlic- minced
  • 2 t. olive oil
  1. Stir together.
  2. Use ½ of the glaze to brush on your chicken/fish/pork while grilling.
  3. Heat the rest to serve on the side.


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Jan 15

Almost Instant Blissful Chocolate Blobs

Almost Instant Blissful Chocolate Blobs
  • 10 oz bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 3 oz heavy cream (accept no substitutes!)
  • 2T honey
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in the cream.
  2. Add honey.
  3. Add chocolate and microwave for a bit more...just until the chocolate starts to melt.
  4. Remove from microwave, stir until completely blended.
  5. Spoon into mini-muffin trays that are lined with mini-muffin liners. This recipe makes 24 mini-cups.
  6. Chill until set.
You can decorate with colored sugars, sliced almonds...or just enjoy as is. Problems, what problems?


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