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.
Summer blossom honey is rich, intense, sometimes spicy. From the smell it is strongly reminiscent of beeswax.
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.