Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Fernie Cultural Guide FALL 2018 - Page 13

per year, this amount is very dependent on conditions. While many beekeepers prefer a plain white look for their apiaries, Deborah has a practical approach for her bee boxes. Mis-tinted paint is cheaper than plain white, so she buys up assorted colours and creates a beautiful colour- blocked look for her hives. The unique combinations of stripes also help young bees locate their own hive after their maiden flights. Honey is available directly from Elk River Apiaries at local craft fairs and markets, and also from Fernie retailers including The Cottonwood Tree, The Good Earth, Mugshots , Le Grand Fromage, Happy Cow, and the Fernie Museum. A delicious ingredient, local food creatives are also incorporating Elk River Apiaries honey into their produce – try honeycomb ice cream at Happy Cow, Bear Bar chocolate at Beanpod, or in a number of culinary creations at Island Lake Lodge. Elk River Apiaries also sells natural beeswax candles at market and craft fair stalls. Elkriverapiaries.com 13