Our Busy Bees

The farm at Young’s Greenhouse is home to four honey bee hives and they are buzzing with activity. While these bees will not bother our patrons (they’re actually quite docile) they have a very important job to do. About a third of the food Americans eat is directly or indirectly derived from honeybee pollination. The bees on our farm are vital to pollinating our vast acres of plants, vegetables and fruit trees.

Not only do these bees help our vegetation flourish, they also help produce locally sourced honey and honey products. The honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by man. It takes about 556 worker bees and two million flowers to make one pound of honey. This honey sustains the hive during the winter. Luckily for us, these efficient little workers produce two to three times more honey than they need.

The hives are made up of three kinds of bees:

The Queen lays all of the eggs that will spawn the hive. Each hive typically has one queen. If the queen dies, workers will create a new queen by feeding one of the female larvae an exclusive diet of a food called “royal jelly.”

Worker Bees are the bees that you see flying about. These female bees are not sexually developed and are responsible for collecting the pollen and nectar which sustains the rest of the hive. They also build and protect the hive. On average, a worker bee in the summer lives six to eight weeks during which time they have an average honey production of 1/12 of a teaspoon. In their short lifetime, they fly the equivalent of one and a half times the circumference of the earth, so it’s not surprising their most common cause of death is wearing their wings out.

Drone Bees are the male honey bees. Several hundred live in the hive during spring and summer to mate with the queen. However, they are booted when the hive goes into survival mode during winter months.

 

  • Lots of inventory, great family run business! Knowledgeable staff. Buy local!!!! 🙂

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    Cheryl Wilson Callahan
    4/18/2019

    Family run business every one very helpful plants and related first rate ! Ed D Riley

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    Edward Riley
    5/12/2017

    Great place to get Xmas trees, and flowers in the summer

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    jesse gilbert
    3/30/2017
  • Great experience every time! We love the quality and variety of the flowers and plants!

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    Maria Berriault
    5/13/2017

    Still have lots and lots of good plants. Good customer service.

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    Callie Zilinsky
    3/30/2019

    My very first visit this spring with my granddaughter. Every corner I turned there was someone there asking if I... read more

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    Mary Doak
    5/13/2019
  • Kind of pricey but great product

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    Gloria Jo Roth
    3/30/2018

    We took a Sunday drive from our home in South Freeport with really no plan of direction !... read more

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    Patricia Latham
    6/27/2018

    Wonderful place and amazing family!

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    Amy Nickerson Chicoine
    12/08/2018
  • their flowers are beautiful and their prices are great and they have a very informitable crew and very friendly

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    Laurie Knight
    7/16/2019

    Go every time I need or want something. Friendly and very knowledgeable.

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    Tina Hayes
    5/19/2017

    Excellent experience

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    Wade Brissette
    3/30/2019
  • Friendly and well informed staff with beautiful plants.

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    Peggy Cox
    4/28/2019

    Beautiful plants and great service. Spend hours just looking and choosing.

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    Debra Dunham
    5/24/2017

    The best people to deal with and plants are awesome!

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    Lynn Stoodley
    7/23/2017