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Outside the Kitchen

Beekeepers are always searching for good locations for new  bee hives.   Most of the times they choose countryside areas  down Farm Roads where bees can find a wide variety of flowers.    It was pretty unusual to find Mark Gretchen www.gretchenbeeranch.com  visiting  new bee hives inside the JW Marriott Hotel’s property.   Bethany,  JW Marriott’s Culinary Gardener and Mark have been working on the new project.  Today they have 5 beehives and they all are doing pretty great. In just a couple of weeks the Queen had already filled the first box with eggs!

It was cool  to see the enthusiasm Mark received from the hotel’s staff.  A group of chefs  got dressed in the proper gear to join Mark and Bethany.  They helped spot the Queen and held frames (filled with busy bees) while Mark made sure everything looked OK.  Later I learned some of the staff even bought their own gear to visit the bees while Mark was visiting other locations.

At the end of the day even culinary experts are looking outside the kitchen to  better understand where food comes from.  I am happy to know honey is not the exception.  Woohoo!

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4 comments on “Outside the Kitchen

  1. Thien Gretchen
    May 8, 2012

    Lovely posts today, Pauline. Can’t wait to see you.

    • Pauline Stevens
      May 8, 2012

      Thanks Thien. Me too.

  2. Mark Gretchen
    May 8, 2012

    Pauline, I love the photo of the frame of bees being pulled out of the hive. Thanks for coming with me on that visit.

    • Pauline Stevens
      May 8, 2012

      It was fun! Thanks for letting me hang around. 🙂

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