Pop Quiz: If a group of gorillas is called a troop, what do you call a group of bees?
(Note: there may be more than one correct answer.) Answer(s) are posted at the bottom of this article.
For those of you who know and love the Eagle Point Oregon Bee Store, here are some facts you may not be aware of:
For instance, did you know their wonderful raw honey is available online and at the Rogue Valley Growers’ Markets as well as some local retail stores? The list of stores includes Ashland Food Co-op; Medford Food Co-op; Food 4 Less, Medford; Grange Co-op(s); and Gooseberries, Grants Pass. Visit the following web site FAQs page for a full listing:
What is new at the Oregon Bee Store in Eagle Point?
- U-pick strawberries, yes! They still have strawberries, along with many other wonderful fruits and vegetables such as peaches, plums, blueberries, Granny Smith apples and figs
- Beebe’s Farm produce will be sold at the Oregon Bee Store including apples and peaches
- Plans are being made for a fun harvest festival this year – follow the Bee Store on social
media to stay in the loop: https://www.facebook.com/OregonBeeStore/
If you’ve never been to the Oregon Bee Store, you might be wondering, what is all the fuss about? Well if you think of all the reasons you love living in southern Oregon, simply convey all those features into a shopping destination, and voila! – you have the Oregon Bee Store.
In fact, I remember when I first heard about them, my friend Christina who lived in Central Point at the time, raved about it, and how she makes a point to visit this particular store whenever she can. I totally agree. It is worth the drive, no matter where you live in the Rogue Valley, and be sure to bring the kids. They will learn a lot while having a great time. Here is a summary of why the Oregon Bee Store is one of the Rogue Valley’s all-time favorite stores.
Local family-owned and operated, second generation and potentially third-generation company, founded in 1966, called Wild Bee Honey Farm.
- The. Best. Honey. Delicious, raw, unpasteurized local honey is their mainstay, and they never heat their honey beyond 110 F, ensuring the product is not losing any healthful enzymes. Buy some for yourself of course, but local honey makes a great gift, too!
- Beautiful, all-natural handmade beeswax candles, in an amazing variety of traditional and unconventional shapes, sizes and designs; for example, Halloween themed candles
- Fruits and vegetables – they sell a wide variety of deliciously ripe, ready to eat local produce grown without pesticides. Onions, melons, berries, tomatoes, squash, and much more
Unique gifts – everything from beeswax crayons, candle making kits, fruit spreads, books, t-shirts, tea, candy, garden décor, honey, candles and more
- Field trip destination for young and old, schools and nursing homes
- Pollinator garden
The Oregon Bee Store is located in Eagle Point on Highway 62.
Address: 14356 Hwy 62
Hours: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, March 1 to Dec. 23
Pop quiz answer: The answer to ‘what do you call a group of bees?’ is a COLONY or SWARM; a bee colony is a family unit consisting of a queen, workers, developing brood and drones. A bee swarm is a family unit of bees moving to establish a new colony. For details, see https://www.betterbee.com/glossary/