May 03, 2017 2 min read 2 Comments

At Rocky, we take great pride in selecting only the best ingredients that are grown and harvested naturally and locally, where possible. 

We source our beeswax from a family-run apiary (collection of beehives) located in rural northern Alberta. The Peace River region in Alberta is renowned for its vast fields of clover, it's long warm summer days, and it's cool summer nights. This idyllic environment is perfect for producing a fabulously high quality “water white” honey.

The Paradis family (Michael, Lise, John, and Tyler) are seventh generation beekeepers that own and operate 3,500 colonies. The vision of the Paradis family has always been to produce honey and beeswax “as the bees made it”. The honey is not processed other than being extracted from the honeycomb. 

The beeswax is 100% pure with no additives, paraffins, or fillers.  

With its aromatic, therapeutic, and dermatological properties, beeswax is one of nature’s most versatile ingredients. It naturally soothes and protects dry and sore skin by creating a moisture barrier, drawing moisture to our skin and then sealing it in. 

The Paradis family has always taken great care to keep beeswax in its natural state, and this commitment to natural is why we are so thrilled to partner with them. We had the opportunity to chat with Michael this week to see what the bees were up to & ask him a few very important questions!

bee on a flower

What are the bees up to this spring?

"We're in BC getting ready for the blueberry pollination. Lise and I drive the bees out to the Lower Mainland each winter for pollination. About 1/3 of Albertan bee farmers go to BC in the winter to help with the pollination of apples and peaches in the Okanagan, and the blueberries and cranberries in the lower mainland." 

Why is pollination so important?

"If the bees did not pollinate these fruits, the fruits, especially the blueberries, would be small, and probably only good for juicing. When you see a large blueberry... a bee made that happen." 

What's the best thing that we can do to support the bees?

"The best thing you can do for bees is to leave the dandelions alone, they're great for the bees!"

We'll be visiting the bees in Peace River this summer to learn more about how honey is extracted from the honeycomb. So stay tuned for more buzz about the bees!

What products are made with Beeswax?

View all of our products made with Beeswax.

 

 


2 Responses

Alex Frank
Alex Frank

May 18, 2017

THese are not just bee keepers but heart and soul goes into every part of there operation.

Sandie
Sandie

May 04, 2017

It’s great that everything is so natural but what about how the bees are treated? I’ve read that wings of a queen bee are torn off….does this bee farmer practice this way of keeping their hives to produce and sell more honey?

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