“The birds and the bees.” “Bee Yourself.” “Busy as a Bee.” “The Bee’s knees.” There’s a lot of talk about bees… but do you have any idea how important this little buzzer really is? For your food? For your family? For your health? I didn’t! But after learning about Bayer’s Feed a Bee initiative, I have a whole new respect for these mighty little Pollinators and all they do to make dinner possible!
It’s National Pollinator Week, and while that sounds like a good super hero title to me, it’s actually so much more. Because when you know how critical these pollinators are, you come to agree that ensuring good health for honey bees only makes sense. Many of the fruits and vegetables that are part of our healthy diet depend on insect pollination to bear fruit, and yet bees often do not have access to the diverse pollen and nectar sources they need to thrive.
With a growing world population putting more pressure on food production, bees have an increasingly important job. The world population is expected to grow to nearly 9 billion people, requiring some 70 percent more food projected by 2050. We all can play a role in providing bees with diverse food sources to help them as they help us meet the challenges of a growing world.
- Whether you have acres of land or a few pots on your porch, you can plant pollinator-friendly plants and flowers to help ensure bee health and a thriving environment. For a list of plants or a free seed packet, click here!
- Don’t have a green thumb? TWEET a Bee! Simply tweet #FeedABee! 🐝 (with the bee emoji) and Bayer will plant flowers for you! Here is a line you can copy and paste to your twitter: I just helped #FeedABee! 🐝 Learn how you can too at feedabee.com http://goo.gl/jYvevu
It’s a perfect sweetener to stir into your tea, pour over a crostini, or use in place of sugar or nectar. Not to mention, when you buy local honey, not only do you help care for local bees, but you help care for a local family or farm.
Finally, in case you need one more reason to love bees, if you buy local honey made by local bees from local plants and wildflowers, it’s possible that eating it can help control and reduce your seasonal allergies!
So there you have it. Bees really are the Bee’s Knees!!! And so are these recipes…
HONEY-DRIZZLED GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI
16 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbs. minced fresh thyme
1-2 Tbs. Kansas Foods Wildflower Honey, plus more for drizzling
kosher salt, to taste
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish
In a small bowl, combine goat cheese with lemon zest, thyme, and honey; season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread on toasted baguette slices, garnished with a drizzle of honey and fresh thyme leaves.
WARM SUMMER BERRY SKILLET
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup raw, uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup whole rolled oats
1/2 cup Kansas Foods Wildflower Honey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. freshly grated orange zest
pinch of kosher salt
2 lbs. fresh berries of your choice, such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries
1/2 cup apricot jam
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter; add vanilla, quinoa, almonds, oats, honey, cinnamon, orange zest, and salt, stirring to combine. Cook until mixture is nicely toasted, then remove from skillet to a platter. Add berries to skillet over medium heat; stir in jam, and flour, simmering over low heat until mixture is nicely thickened; top with prepared oat mixture and serve at once, topped with a splash of whipping cream.
You can watch my Facebook Live presentation and our special WIBW segment on this campaign and these yummy recipes below!