Spring blossom

Beenzer Biene

The Beenz bees live at two different locations – at their permanent residence in Beenz and in the neighbouring village of Kröchlendorff in the Uckermark. This area provides them with a particularly bountiful array of flowers and blossoms: hazel and willow in the early spring, followed by alder and blackthorn in Kröchlendorff, fruit blossoms in the farm gardens, dandelion, maple and wood anemone in the nearby forest (Beenz). In addition, there are numerous blackberry and raspberry hedges and an avenue of chestnut trees. 

Honey on your breakfast roll isn’t just good for your soul, but also brings you quite a few karma points. Local honey is sustainable and helps support local beekeepers, the regional economy and environmental protection. Bees are among the most important plant pollinators and thus contribute to the preservation of biodiversity. 

This spring blossom is floral, rather fruity flavor, somewhat restrained.

 

500g jar

10,50 

(€21.00 per 1kg)

On the beekeeper’s work

Frank Welke prefers to work with the Buckfast bee, but he also looks after some Carnica colonies. His hives live in so-called adapted brood chambers. This is a method of beekeeping in which the brood chamber is adapted to the development of the colony. This means that depending on the size of the colony, the brood chamber is adapted and insulated for the winter. If bees are still active in November or December, this often robs them of energy for a new start in spring. In addition, if they are well insulated, they consume less energy and also less food in the winter. Frank’s colonies are allowed to build their own combs – there are no pre-cast honey or brood combs made from wax or plastic. Honey samples from the individual stands are tested annually for glyphosate and neonicotinoids.

 

Beenzer Biene
Frank Welke, the man behind Beenzer Bienen, founded his business in 2012 in Beenz, a small village in the Northern Uckermark. How did Frank come to be a beekeeper? Well, it’s all thanks to his 90-year old neighbour, his beekeeping godfather. With great calm and the experience of 5 decades of beekeeping, the elderly neighbour introduced Frank to the science and art of beekeeping – and sparked the enthusiasm and passion which Frank still brings to his craft to this day.  Frank started out with a small colony right next to his neighbour’s bee truck and took things from there, namely to his own property. He still remembers the exact moment when his first batch of honey came out of the extractor and proudly gifted this to his family and friends.