Kusar Farms' Newsletter
Calendar of Events and Happenings
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2023 Holiday and Events
Please Note, markets may be added, removed or changed periodically. Some Markets we are awaiting confermation
2023 Dates Market Location
3-4 Sept Lamafest MSU Pavilion
16 Sep Food Fest St Johns
21 Oct Potterville Market Potterville
2024 Dates Market Location
8-10 June GizzardFest Potterville
22 June StrawberryFest Coranna Fairgrounds
13-15 July HoneyFest Coranna Fairgrounds
9-14 Aug Blueberry Fest South Haven
3-4 Sept Lamafest MSU Pavilion
7-8 Sept FrontierDays CharlotteFairgrounds
14 Sep FoodFest St Johns
21-22 Sept AppleFest Sparta
19 Oct PottervilleHolidayMart Potterville
November MasonCraf Show Mason Fairgrounds
1 Dec AnnChristmasCraftBaz GrandLedge St.Micheals
January 2023: Happy New Year
We have 2 more hive host for this year. One in Muir area and one in Bay City. We have had many people are asking questions, they are curious. These 2 apiaries will produce honey in 2024. The Maple Rapids and Grand Ledge apiaries will get honey late this summer.
Phillips Orchard has picked up a few of our products. You can find them in their St Johns (1995 E Gratiot County Line Rd, Saint Johns, MI) store. If all goes well, they will put some in their Lansing (close to the Sears Building & Frandor: 3000 Vine Street, Lansing) store
February 2023: Happy Valentine’s Day
We have had some great news, and some real bad news. The great news I am sworn to secrecy for now. The real bad news. Tom’s job is moving to Mexico. They state that no one wants to work, no mater how much they pay and the screwed up supply chain. So they are packing up the factory one line at a time and shipping it across the border. Not everyone is getting laid off at the same time. Tom’s line doesn’t go until end of September. Very frustrating.
But They (the factory) have agreed to pay for classes for Tom to get his welding certificate. This will help him get a better job. So he is going to work there until end of September or until they stop paying for classes. So far he is doing great in his classes
11 March Bee Conference: Saw many people. This use to be a 2 day event. That was so nice when it was. More info passed around, More time for friends.
Thank you to another Hive Sponsor. We now have 4 hives being sponsored. Sponsorships are for three years. Curious? See our website, check out “Help the Bees” page. The Sponsorship and hive hosting programs we have are explained there
April 2023: Happy Easter
The season begins
This year is not starting out well. We had one of our apiaries sprayed with some kind of a pesticide over the winter. Every hive is dead. We cannot reuse any of the honey or comb. That will just kill the next hive we put in them. We are going to scorch the inside of the hive boxes and let them et and air for a couple years. Hope this passes. We are removing bees from this field.
Sorry we have just had a sting of bad luck the past couple of months. Trying not to be so cranky and harsh.
Because of the loss of the one apiary and the higher than usual bee mortality over the winter we are not able to full fill all the request for hive hosting. We have talked to the host and they understand. Just delayed a year. So understanding.
Those of you that are sponsoring hives they made it through in good shape. We have that. Added boxes to hives to ready them for splits. Fingers crossed for lots of growth, lots of good splits.
May 2023: Happy World Bee Day
5-6 May Did Splits and Pickup couple Bee Packages
19-21 May Thought about doing another set of splits decided against it. Yeas the Hives we made splits from yearlier are doin good and we could have gotten a couple more . We desided for the beter ment of the bees not to.
20 May World Bee Day
The Girls are right on track of where they should bee.
2-4 June: We are adding honey suppers to some of the hives. This is a good thing. Also picked up are new honey creamer. Crossing fingers that this one works and is easier then the last one.
We have had a dry hot spell. Bees seem to find nectar but not pollen. We are adding pollen patties to help them with thier brood. If this continues we will need to feed sugar wate. That means no honey this year.
19-25 Pollinator Week:
24 June: Looked at possible Strawberry festival, this is a very big possable for next year
We are slowly adding back the items thata sold out and adding a few new flavors and items.
July 2023: Happy Independence Day!!
14-16 Honey Fest
September 2023: Happy Birthday Tom
16-17 September Local Eats
October 2023: Happy Halloween
November 2023: Happy Thanksgiving
11 November Potterville Market
December 2023: Merry Christmas
25 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to All
Your support and contributions will enable us to explore different options to improve winter survival rate. Your generous donation will help fund our mission to a more sustainable apiary.