AIR BEE & BEE….

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AIR BEE & BEE….
5th September, 2014

Have you ever seen a reed bee, resin bee, leafcutter bee, masked bee or blue banded bee? They’re just some of native bees out there in all our gardens. Most native bees are quite a bit smaller than the honey bee we’re more familiar with. There are over 1500 species of Australian native bees, 200 of those in the mountains. Most are semi social or solitary, and what’s perhaps more surprising is that there’s really not a whole lot of research out there about them, including big gaps in our knowledge about their distribution.

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We get honey from several different suppliers at the Co-op. It’s all unprocessed and unpasteurised. There have been many questions about the heat belts we use on the honey dispensers and if the heat effects the honey. Beehive temperature is at around 35 degrees celsius, while honey crystallises at around 10-20 degrees celsius (depending on the variety) and is considered ‘raw’ up to 40 degrees celsius. The belts keep the honey within this magic zone so that it continues to run! We only need to use this belt in the chillier winter months.

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HONEY HISTORY AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE
5th September, 2014

Bees and honey have been highly prized by humans since ancient times. Honey has always been both a desired food and a healing medicine and preservative. There is a strong mythological connection with bees and honey in several cultures, with the bee-priestesses or melissae of Ancient Greece being the best known. In European folklore there are many traditions involving bees including ‘telling the bees’ when there has been a death in the family.

 

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THE CO-OP INTRODUCES: COLD AND FLU TEA
7th August, 2014

It’s a tough winter this year and Chris Ireland – herbalist and new staff member – has introduced a new tea to help our members avoid getting all those nasty winter lurgies. Using a mix of herbs from the Co-op shelves she’s made a tea that will help boost your immune system and keep you smiling until spring.

 

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STEVES’S LATE WINTER SURVIVAL TIPS
5th August, 2014

After being inspired by the talk and workshop of a “Tale of two Steve’s” (hosted by Permaculture Blue Mountains and BMFC) I began to think about what goes on in the winter garden? At the talk, Steve Alton whose garden is in Katoomba, shared with us information about the weather and water issues that we get faced with in the mountains. He reminded us that water is essential for the life of a plant and that winter is our driest season. He also showed us a graph of the winds we get living in the mountains, showing that in every month we could get hit with 40km winds. August is the notorious windy month, so what are his tips for the gardens survival?

Steve's Raised Beds

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STOCK UPDATE WITH MIKE P.
5th August, 2014

Wind Protecting Treats

Lip Balm Bonanza: Hurraw Lip Balm, lots of flavours – Earl Grey, Coconut, Vanilla Bean, Black Cherry, Mint, Orange, Almond, Grapefruit, Licorice, Green Tea, Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Coconut, Moon, Coffee Bean to name a few. Let us know what you’d like us to order.


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WHATS IN SEASON ON THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLE STANDS?
24th July, 2014

Winter is the season of soups and stews, staying warm and getting your slow cooker cranking. So what are the best seasonal buys at the moment?

Keep an eye on the price: generally the more in season it is, the better the price. We still sell eggplants, tomatoes and zucchini at this time of the year, but being typically ‘summer’ vegetables they are more expensive. If you look to the vegetables below, you are more likely to get some bargains, but there can still be great fluctuations in price. In the last few weeks broccoli alone has ranged from $5 to $12 per kilo. Please note that this is the seasonal produce that we have received of late. We cannot guarantee the availability of any produce.

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CO-OP CLOSING 5PM MONDAY 30 JUNE FOR STOCKTAKE
26th June, 2014

We will be closing at 5pm instead of the usual 6pm next Monday 30th June for our annual stocktake. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

 

COMMUNITY DINNER AND TALK – A TALE OF TWO STEVES
13th June, 2014

Come share a meal and join us in conversation with Farm and Community Development Manager Steve Fleischmann from Mamre House and local gardening guru Steve Alton to talk about how we can grow more food in the mountains.

CO-OP CLOSED MONDAY 9TH JUNE
5th June, 2014

Just letting you know that the Co-op will be closed for the Queen’s birthday public holiday on Monday 9th June.

We will be receiving deliveries of fresh fruit and veggies on Tuesday 10th June and Friday 13th June.

Wishing you all a happy and safe weekend.

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