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WORLD’S LARGEST OBSERVATION BEEHIVE COMING TO NORWALK!
Stew’s Gets Swarmed with 50,000 Honeybees on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11 a.m.
Farm fresh food retailer Stew Leonard’s will unveil a new, fully functioning observation beehive at their Norwalk store on Friday, June 6 at 11:00 a.m. The observation hive, which will be home to more than 50,000 honeybees, measures 4 ft. x 5 ft. and is one of the largest in the world.
The observation hive will be installed behind a fully enclosed safety glass frame in Stew Leonard’s produce department. A tube will run from the hive and out of the store’s roof so that the bees can leave the hive to get pollen and nectar, flying within a 2 ½ mile radius of Stew Leonard’s to do so.
Bees play a critical role in the food we consume. More than 60% of the food we eat is dependent on bee pollination.
Stew Leonard Jr., President & CEO of Stew Leonard’s, will be joined by Andrew Cote of Andrew’s Local Honey and Alphonse Avitabile, Emeritus Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, for the unveiling.
Friday, June 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. sharp
Stew Leonard’s, 100 Westport Ave., Norwalk, Conn. in the Stew Leonard’s produce department.
STEW LEONARD’S OBSERVATION HIVE FACTS & FIGURES
(Source: Andrew’s Local Honey)
- An average observation hive is usually just a few 12 in. x 10 in. frames, but Stew Leonard’s observation hive will have 20 frames. To build it, Stew Leonard’s team worked with local, fourth-generation beekeeper Andrew Cote of Andrew’s Local Honey and Silvermine Apiary and Tim Cerniglia, Jr. of Bee Kind Farms.
- The hive will be operational from the spring through the late fall; by mid-summer, the honey bee population will swell to 75,000! In the winter, the hive will be dormant, but the bees will stay inside and will be alive, clustering and resting for the next year.
- Stew’s bees will produce upwards of 100 lbs. of honey this summer – about 100 jars – which will be collected by Andrew’s Local Honey to eventually be sold at Stew Leonard’s!
- Honey bees are a crucial part of the earth’s food system. More than 70 of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food are pollinated by bees.* But, due to changes in the climate and environment, the honey bee population in North America has started to rapidly decline. Individually owned honey bee hives are seen as one way to combat the problem.(*Source: The Honeybee Conservancy at Rodale Institute)
- To make one pound of honey, worker bees have to fly 55,000 miles and tap up to two million flowers.
- The honey bee’s wings make about 200 beats per second, creating their infamous buzzing.
- Bees are the only insects that produce food eaten by humans.
- Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water.
- The average American eats about one pound of honey a year.
- U.S. honeybees’ economic contribution is valued at nearly $15 billion.
- Blueberries and cherries are 90-percent dependent on honeybee pollination.
- Almonds depend entirely on the honeybee for pollination.
- Honey is the only food that never spoils.