Can we put a bee in your bonnet? How about in your backyard?
Recent buzz has urban beekeeper Corky Luster busy as his honeybees erecting hives in nectar-loving neighbors’ yards.
Lease or sponsor a Langstroth wood hive from his biz, Ballard Bee Company. He’ll tend to the colony (which can contain up to 40,000 bees) and, come autumn, harvest the liquid gold that he then shares with the foster hosts of the sweet spots.
The company also sells prepackaged apothecary-style jars full of amber goo flavored by local pollen (do you detect cherry blossom, blackberry, maple?). It’s got the lawnless making a beeline to Bitters Co. and Picnic, among others.
Now that’s quite the sting operation.
Ballard Bee Company (206-459-4131 or ballardbeecompany.com). Honey available at Bitters Co., 513 North 36th Street (206-632-0886 or bittersco.com); Picnic, 6801 Greenwood Avenue North (206-453-5867 or picnicseattle.com).
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