Bees from Great Lakes Bee Co. recently returned home to Michigan after pollinating almond crops in California and rebuilding of hives in Georgia. Hundreds of backyard and professional beekeepers from the Great Lakes region gathered to pick up their bees to add to their colonies during our annual Bee Pick-Up events on May 6 and 13 at Kropscott Farm in Fremont.
Now that GLBC bees have returned to Michigan, they forage on basswood, alfalfa, star thistle, and West Michigan flowers to create 150,000 pounds Michigan Honey. In addition to producing honey under the Hasselman brand, the bees are also hired to help pollinate various crops including: almonds (January); apricots, sweet cherries, peaches and plums (April); tart cherries, pears, blueberries and apples (May).
Over the course of GLBC’s two pick up days, beekeepers picked up a total of 1,128 bee nucs and packages. It was a wonderful turnout and we had so much fun talking with everyone who attended our pickups! We want to also thank you for bearing with us on our second day of pickups as we had a break down with one of our trucks, which caused a long delay. We truly appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
A special shout out to our volunteer team and all of you, our patient beekeepers, who helped throughout the day.
Enjoy your bees! We hope you have a great bee season!
In the Media:
- 9 & 10 News: As Blossoms Bloom, Bees Take Over Pollinating Process
- FOX 17: Fremont buzzing with hundreds of beekeepers for annual honeybee pick-up
- Michigan Radio: Bee-ing More Observant
- MLive: Michigan beekeepers to visit Fremont as bees return home after pollinating almond crops in California
- WOOD Radio: Beekeepers to swarm to annual Honey Bee Pick-Up Days in Fremont