First Swarm of the Season…

on April Fools Day!  That’s quite early for our area.  It must be a joke.  Here is a short video for you about the Waggle Dance....
Bucket o’ Bees

Bucket o’ Bees

It’s swarm season here at Pure & Simple, and anywhere you find bees, really. In a nutshell, a queen will leave with about half of the hive’s population as a means of increasing the overall bee population. Scout bees go out from the hive to find a...
Friday Forage: Strawberry

Friday Forage: Strawberry

Strawberry (this bed is mostly Fragaria × ananassa). This is one of many plants in bloom right now. I chose to feature strawberry because we grow a few varieties on our property, pollinators like them and they provide wonderful food for humans, too. The strawberry is...
Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a fabulous time of year for us. Not only is the landscape greening, but this is when Stuart can really get into the hives to see which ones have made it through the winter, which might be weakened or strong enough to breed, and how many we have lost overall....
Go Local Film Series Kick-off

Go Local Film Series Kick-off

Last night we attended a viewing of Queen of the Sun at the Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg. The movie came to the attention of our Market Manager, Josie, and quickly turned from a single event to the Go Local Film Series. We were a sponsor for this opening film...

And we begin…

As this is our first post, it seems fitting to share a little about ourselves and our activities. Our family consists of Stuart, myself and our daughter. We share a small holding in the Shenandoah Valley where we keep bees and chickens. We grow some of our food and...