Beekeeping at Ypsilanti Food Co-op's Honeybee Alley.
The Local Honey Project is an urban beekeeping project run by the Ypsilanti Food Co-op (YFC) in SE Michigan. Our Co-op takes seriously the Seven Cooperative Principles and they guide every aspect of how we do business. From the high-efficiency lighting and heat in our store to the use of in-line hot water heaters, from the solar array which powers our on-site Bakery to the landscaping outside that filters storm-water, the Ypsi Food Co-op shows by its actions that we care about our community and the environment. These actions are guided by Cooperative Principle #7, Concern for Community.
Principle 7 articulates our responsibility to participate in the environmental protection of our communities. The principle carries an implied imperative of working for sustainable development of communities, as well. At the Ypsi Food Co-op, one way we work to protect our environment and enhance our community is through the Local Honey Project. Honeybees are critical to food production because it is through pollination that many fruits & vegetables are formed. It is said that honeybees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food on our plates. Without bees, our ability to feed ourselves would be severely threatened.
The Ypsilanti Food Co-op is currently managing 2 hives and we're excited to announce that our beekeepers harvested 4 gallons of honey from our hives! It was packed it in pint jars and is available for sale now at the co-op. The supply is limited and is going fast so hurry in! And remember to thank the bees!
(Above picture) Taken during the annual Ypsilanti Heritage Festival, our volunteers/staff marched in the parade in festive honeybee attire!
YFC Honey available now for Purchase!
Quantities are extremely limited so hurry in!Also check out our fun bee products including:
Local beeswax candles
Local Maggie's Bee Hive Print Socks
Local Beeswax Reusable Food WrapsBee Hive Print YFC Reusable Water Bottles
New Bread from the Ypsilanti Food Co-op Bakery Honey Spelt Sourdough made with Michigan Spelt flour and our honey
from Honey Bee Alley!
Stone Fruit on sale Now!
Organic Peaches & Organic Nectarines
Only $1.85 /pound
Michigan Cherries & Blueberries also available.
Grab a quart or pint today! Hurry in, while supplies last!
Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey for the Parks & Recreation Master Plan
in Ypsilanti City. Following the link below! Thank you!
2 to 4 tablespoons honey (adjust according to the sweetness of the peaches)
In a large, heavy-bottom pot, stir together the peaches, spices and honey. Cook over low-medium heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, for about 45 minutes, until the peaches begin to break down. Use an immersion blender to puree the peaches until smooth. (A regular blender can be used, blending the peaches in small batches. But be careful—the peach mixture will be very hot and sticky!) Cook the peach puree another 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thick and spreadable. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into mason jars or sturdy plastic containers, cover and refrigerate.
Spread peach butter on waffles, pancakes, toast, scones or biscuits to liven up your breakfast, or drizzle over a chunk of salty blue cheese on an appetizer platter. Add vanilla, mango or strawberries for more exotic flavor combinations. Peach butter will keep refrigerated for a few weeks.
31 calories, 0 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 0 mg. sodium, 8 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. fiber, 1 g. protein