Dreams really do come true! Let me tell you one of mine recently did. For my latest adventure I headed north to have a front row bee keeping experience. I don’t remember when or why but I have always wanted to visit an apiary. Normally I’m terrified of bugs – spiders are my worst nightmare – but bees on the other hand don’t faze me. So I set out to find a local beekeeper that was willing to teach me a thing or two about the craft, and answer the million questions I was bound to ask. Boy, did I strike gold with Brian Scott. Based out of Innisfil, Brian Scott is the largest distributor of bees & bee equipment north of Toronto. With over 450 hives in South Simcoe County I think it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about bees.
Pulling up to the apiary in the Jeep we were greeted by a family coming to purchase the fresh Honey that Innisfil Creek Honey sells, I knew it was a good sign. Being a new-bee to this experience I was honestly expecting to be zipped into a full bee suit – but to my surprise the bee suit isn’t necessary (unless you’re harvesting). Off we went to visit the hives that Mr. Scott had on his property. Personally, I’ve never seen a hive up close so I was giddy when Brian started prying apart the sticky honey of each sheet of the hives. I think the highlight might have been when he instructed me to poke my figure through the honeycomb to taste fresh honey straight from the hive – there’s nothing like it! He also showed me his Queen Bees, being a breeder of Queens for his hives – it was very interesting to see the different kinds of bees.
You really feel at home when visiting Innisfil Creek Honey, with their self-serve honey stand stocked with everything from buckwheat honey to wild flower honey to creamed honey. We left with some of the buckwheat honey (to make some sweet BBQ sauce) and some wild flower honey for a sweeter variation. After talking with Brian it was clear he has found his passion with the bees, and you know what they say when someone loves what they do – it truly translates into their business. I can’t wait to go back for more! If you find your self in the area, I hope you’ll stop by Innisfil Creek Honey – it’s definitely worth the trip. Brian has some future plans for his bees and mentioned that maybe a meadery might be in store.
We rolled around the South Simcoe county roads with the 2016 Jeep Wrangler and it could not have been a more perfect ride. We were lucky enough to find a side road that served as a great backdrop for our photos. This vehicle was so smooth to drive and even though I’m used to driving more of the sedan size cars the Jeep was a welcomed departure. When they say go-everywhere, do-anything with a Jeep – I really beelieve it after spending an afternoon in this Wrangler. Climbing into the cab, you feel like the travel opportunities are endless. Though it was a loaner vehicle – I didn’t think it would be a good idea to do any off-roading but that didn’t stop me from finding a few back roads to explore! I can check being behind the wheel of a Jeep off my list!
I could not have asked for a better experience with the bees (or with the truck) – It was just one of those perfect days!
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