Hard work, happy pollinators and a healthy ecosystem make Blossom Meadow Farm a success. This journal highlights some of things we’ve learned through this crazy adventure.
OUR JAMS WON AWARRDDDS!!!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING AHHHH! Blossom Meadow Farm Red Raspberry Jam won third place at the International Flavor Awards! With entries from 10 countries this year, competition for an International Flavor Award was fierce. All jams were judged blindly by a panel of restaurateurs, purveyors, manufacturers and members of the food-centric… Read more International Flavor Award Winner and Blue Ribbons at Local Competitions
The following observations were made by bee ranchers John, Fran, and Tara Del Grosso in Islandia, New York for the 2021 mason bee season. Go Bees! Initially there was trepidation over the condition of the cocoons. The humidity in the refrigerator crisper was overlooked for about two months and the cocoons were “crispy”. We feared… Read more Bee Rancher Guest Spot: The Del Grosso Family
Honey bee hives should be banned from parklands, open space, and conservation easements in order to protect resident native bee populations and overall ecosystem health. As all honey bees in the United States are an invasive, non-native species, they should be recognized as livestock and only appropriate to pollinate large scale, single crop agriculture where… Read more Ban Honey Bees from Protected Lands
Wasps are important pollinators although way less efficient because they are generally not covered with fuzzy hairs. Wasps feed on nectar at flowers for their personal energetic needs (carbs) and search for prey (protein) or hosts (for parasitic young). Blue Winged Wasps (Scolia dubia) are an interesting case study. They live in the ground and… Read more Blue Winged Wasps
Blossom Meadow Farm was awarded TWO Good Food Awards!!!! Both our Strawberry Jam and Red Raspberry Jam won a 2020 Good Food Award, a nationwide competition sponsored by the Good Food Foundation. With over 2,000 entries each year, the competition is fierce for a Good Food Award. Of the hundreds of entries submitted in the preserves category, Blossom… Read more Two Good Food Awards!
Large native trees add to the character of a neighborhood, provide food and refuge for birds, and even help curb climate change. Planting trees is an easy way to make our lives better, and compounds with every year of growth. Unfortunately, homeowners and government entities have been replacing trees felled by storms and development, which… Read more Plant Real Trees
Southold, NY (November 5, 2019) – Blossom Meadow Farm’s Strawberry Jam and Red Raspberry Jam were named as 2020 Good Food Finalists by the Good Food Foundation and are now in the running for a 2020 Good Food Award (full press release). With over 2,000 entries each year, the competition is fierce for a Good Food Award. Of the hundreds of entries submitted in the… Read more We are Good Food Award Finalists!
There are about 450 different bee species in New York State, including bumblebees, carpenter bees, sweat bees, mason bees, and honey bees. As their work in pollinating our gardens, farms, and natural world is priceless, please consider the following actions to help reverse their population declines: Ensure food sources: To increase forage for pollinators, plant… Read more BEES Need Our Help
Often overlooked, predatory wasps suppress pests of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, are a natural part of all terrestrial ecosystems and in the past were the primary means of pest control on farms. The vast majority of wasps are solitary and all solitary wasps are nonaggressive as their stingers are used mainly for hunting rather… Read more Solitary Wasps