It's the most wonderful time of the year - the time when you can check some people off your holiday gift giving list and buy some things to decorate your home for the season through MumNet's annual fall fundraiser. This year's fundraiser kicked off on October 16 and runs through November 10. Products on offer include:
Maple syrup; and
By supporting MumNet today through the fall fundraiser, you're supporting other moms across the city in having access to the support they need through MumNet's programs.
This year, we thought we'd introduce you to our fundraiser product partners. Here's a Q&A with our partner, David Martin.
Your wreaths are so beautiful. Can you share any tips on how to keep them fresh and green for the holiday season?
If you have the wreath outside it does not need near as much attention, but misting it with water once a week is still a good idea.
Wreaths inside your house need a little more attention but still very easy to maintain the fresh green look, take some water and put it in an empty spray bottle, and then every 2 or 3 days you should put a water mist over the front of the wreath so the needles can absorb the moisture and stay fresh. If you really want to go to a lot of work you can also lay the wreath in water, the back side facing down where all the cut stems are and they will also drink up water to freshen up the needles, this could be done once a week, but the spray bottle method is a lot faster and easier and just as efficient if done every 2 days!
What inspired you to start your own apiary?
We were inspired to start our own apiary for a few reasons, first one obviously as farmers we are very concerned about the bee population and what would happen if we did not have these pollinators anymore, so that encouraged us. Second reason, we have done Maple Syrup for 18 years now at the farm and lots of people also asked for natural local honey so we gave it a try and really enjoy working with our honey bees now. We own a lot of property so this was a natural fit for us.
How far afield do your bees travel for their nectar?
Our bees travel up to 2 miles for nectar but because we are so far in the country and surrounded by a perfect mixture of buch, swamp and farm land our bees do not have to travel very far to gather nectar.
Everyone is familiar with maple syrup but what is birch syrup and how can we use it?
Birch Syrup is mainly used as a glaze on chicken, pork, or salmon. It's also used in some baking. You can find recipe ideas here.