Bees pollinate about 1/3 of the world’s food crops, especially berries and cherries in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This plays into our farm philosophy by pollinating crops we are growing for the restaurant. Things like tomatoes, onions, carrots and hundreds of other vegetables are pollinated by bees. As well as things like clover that livestock eat.
Restaurants are heavy users of all plant and animal ecosystems, for example fishing types of popular fish to extinction. We think it’s better to be part of the solution than part of the problem.
Due to rising bee losses it is becoming an important endeavour. Bee mites, pesticides and loss of habitat are creating the need for people to get involved in bee keeping and bump up the numbers of bees in the world.
The move to bee keeping should help us introduce new hyper local food products into our food program. Honey and pollen from our own bees will inspire a large range of recipe development and broaden our feel good local farm program.
From the hives we will harvest honey, bee pollen and bee combs. We will use this in the restaurant for food recipes and drink recipes at the bar. We might even take the bees wax and make candles for the tables.
We look forward to using our bee apiary as a step towards helping bees repopulate and increasing the standard of farm-to-table dining.