Bee hive where honey is produced
Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre is buzzing with activity and
part of that is due to the new honey bee display.
Visitors can now view a live bee colony first-hand and see how bees
gather nectar and then return to their honey-combed factory where sweet
delectable honey is made.
The Ontario Beekeepers' Association represents over 3,000 beekeepers in
Ontario. Established in 1881, it is one of the oldest established farm
organizations in the province.
The Museum display comes from Lazy J Ranch honey, owned by Gail and Guy
Anderson. They have hives from Lucknow to Southampton and east to
Holland Centre. Production generally starts in June and runs through
until September although their many bee products are sold year round at
many local retailers, including Foodland in Southampton and at several
locations in Kincardine.
"Rest assured," says Mini Jacques, Marketing Director for the Museum,
"that these are not the kind of bees that you see swarming in movies.
They are extremely docile and are attracted to light so that even if
one escaped, which is almost impossible, it would head directly to a
light source which is the ceiling in the Museum. The display has been
designed however, to ensure that doesn't happen."
5 year old Fritz Prozer of Germany watches bees with some trepidation
Live Bee gardens