Getting into the Christmas Buzz!
With only ten sleeps until Christmas, Nelson is beginning to buzz! Everywhere are telltale hints of the approaching holiday season.
Our local markets and craft shops are packed with people foraging for special gifts for family and friends. Trees can be spotted here and there, clinging miraculously to the roofs of cars.
Stalls are popping up on street corners, stacked high with local produce. Mysterious brown paper bags turn out to be packed with summer-ripe cherries — a sure sign that our Nelson Christmas is just around the corner.
Soon families will be heading to the beaches, rivers and lakes with baskets packed full of summer goodies.
The hard work of our pollinating bees over the spring has ensured a bounty of fruits and vegetables. The berryfields are bursting with boysenberries, raspberries and blueberries. The ‘Pick Your Own’ signs are already up and plans are afoot. Which day is best to pick luscious berries for those Christmas feasts? Picking your own local produce is a treasured Nelson tradition. After all, what could be more joyous than pancakes on Christmas morning, loaded with berries and ice cream — and topped off with a drizzle of honey?
This is a very special time of year for our bees too. For now is the season when Kanuka and Manuka trees begin to flower. Like our holiday season, the flowering period of these plants is short and sweet.
We have to make the most of it! So, while half of our beehives remain in their permanent apiary sites, enjoying nectar from new flowers coming into bloom locally, the others get to go on an adventure for some new scenery over the summer.
The larger patches of Kanuka and Manuka plants are hidden away in rough terrain — in places that we cannot reach with our trucks. It is certainly quite a trek to get our hives into these secret places, but the hard work is worth it, and not just for the reward of golden honey.
These mountainous areas are stunningly beautiful; spending time there is something we love, and one of the many privileges of our life working with bees.
By 24th December, all of our hives will be in place. Our contented bees will settle in, with extra boxes providing room for their summer honey. As for us, we will have time to sit back and chill out too, knowing that our bees will forage happily in their new spots until early January.
It has been a fun year at Mountain Valley Honey and we would like to thank all of our customers for their support. We wish you all a relaxing and joyful holiday season. If you are still buzzing about looking for last minute gifts, don’t forget there is still time to order some of our beautiful products.
Just make sure you get your order to us by 15th December to guarantee Christmas delivery!
Merry Christmas everyone!
We’ll still be processing and shipping online orders over the holiday period, and our online store is always open, but please note the following important dates.
|Last day to guarantee you get your order by Christmas