One of the Girls

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Mary Woltz is not shy about about expressing her opinions.

Ask her about bees she calls them ‘the girls‘ and she’ll launch into a detailed explanation of why she thinks bees are the hardest working members of the food chain.

She should know, Mary is a bee-ologist. OK, that’s not a real word, but it’s an apt description of this bee keeper from Sag Harbor, New York. Her knowledge and understanding of bees makes her honey some of the most sought after on the entire eastern seaboard.

She named her business Bee’s Needs because that’s exactly her attitude when it comes to her girls. She places the needs of the bees before anything else. She’ll allow things like sleep and eating slide if maintenance is required on her girls’ hives.

Ms. Woltz has taken the idea of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and twisted it slightly to present one of the first CSAs featuring honey. Her version of a CSA stands for Community Supported Apiculture. If you would like to find out more about her CSA program, you can find her information here.

“I’m unconventional in many respects,” said Woltz. “I was taught that if you care about the bees, they will look out for you. The bees’ needs come first.”

And she means it.

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