Lubuskie apiaries – bees are our passion
The Lubuskie Route of Wine and Honey helps to learn the specific nature and tradition of the Lubuskie Region during a theme trip devoted to wine and honey on the basis of which genuine products are manufactured according to the local recipes. Dessert wines, vinegar, mead, juices, beeswax, honey and fruit drinks are only some of the dainties offered by farmers. We have something to boast of!
The Noteć River honeys
For ages, decorated with old river-beds, the Noteć River flows through the northern part of Lubuskie Province. The river cuts wet, sandy, undefiled with any industry and intensive farming meadows. Owing to this, the area has survived in almost untouched with man, with clear waters, brisk and fresh air. The vicinity of the river is a home for countless species of animals, a place where numerous species of plants may be found. From early spring up to late fall, a colorful carpet of flowers spreads on the meadows, with thousands of insects and busy bees among them. All made the Noteć Valley be appreciated and considered a priority zone. The extraordinary natural environment have allowed beekeepers to gain honey from this area for dozens of years. Among the beekeepers, Wiesław Dudek who runs an Agricultural and Apiarian Farm in Gralewo near Santok, 11 km away from Piła and 7 km from Ujście, within the ecological farm in the Noteć River valley with its outstanding natural and landscape values. One of the wide range of honeys manufactured here is the polyfloral meadow honey from the Noteć Valley, which was entered in the List of Traditional Products on March 1, 2007, and awarded in the contest "Our Culinary Heritage". The products, i.e. honeys, pollen and products from beeswax, may be purchased on the farm and during regional events and fairs.
The family company of Marcin and Wanda Nocoń from Świdnica near Zielona Góra deals with apiculture for a few generations, for nearly 30 years. Nowadays, their apiary consists of beehives. In addition to that, the honey resources are multiplied by purchasing honey from beekeepers from Lubuskie Province. Then, the honey is batched and distributed by the company's salespeople among small shops in Poland. There is also a shop with articles for beekeepers. Some 40 tons of honey is sold annually. Apart from honey, other products are acquired, i.e. beeswax, pollen, bee glue and - how tastily fermented - honey and fruit drink. The company aims at marketing of traditional, healthy products. All the interested parties are welcome.
More at: http://www.agrinpol.pl/miod_nocon
Stanisław Kamiński's apiary
Stanisław Kamiński has bees in his gens. Its a family tradition. Today, he takes care of 70 bee families. Stanisław's son has another seven beehives. The Kamińskis is famous for their honey production in the entire vicinity of Dąbie Lubuskie.
The Dutkowiaks' Beekeeping Farm
The "Dutkowiak" Beekeeping Farm consists of 1,800 bee families, is the largest professional apiary in western Poland and is surely one of the largest in Poland. Since its establishment, the farm has been specializing in honey production. This is owing to the location of the farm near Sulęcin where the natural conditions are conducive to such activities. Due to the landscape and natural values as well as due to economic changes, the formerly farming region has been being discovered and appreciated as an interesting tourist area. Absence of industry, dense forests, clear and healthy air are additional advantages of our region. This is where the apiaries are located and where bee products are acquired, i.e. natural honey, bee glue, pollen and bee pollen. The most popular kind of honey here is the nectar-honey-dew honey, i.e. the honey made of nectar of melliferous plants and coniferous or deciduous honey-dew. The unique taste of the honey comes from the nectar of the rich vegetation of the meadows of the Warta River Mouth and deciduous honey-dew. The honey contains lots of enzymes which give honey antiphlogistic properties. This honey is used in infections and heart diseases.
More at: http://www.dutkowiak.pl
Stanisław Kamiński's Family Apiary
The apiary is located in the vicinity of the Commune Office of Dąbie, shielded by a hazel-grove which protects it from the street jazz. Stanisław began his adventure with bees in 1984 with five beehives. Now, there are seventy of them and, depending on the season of the year, they are transported to the places where bees may collect nectar. Owing to this, he offers not only polyfloral honey but also acacia-, maple-, linden-, rape- or heather-honey. They specialize in oak-tree honey-dew honey acquired from the imposing oak-trees which grow in the premises and in the vicinity, and which prove that the name of the town is justified (The name comes from the Polish word 'dąb' - 'oak-tree').
Leśny Apiary Skansen
Antoni Petla's Apiary Skansen is located in the area of the Forest Division of Sława Śląska - Forest Inspectorate of Tarnów Jezierny, near a former settlement of a forest worker in the resort of Jodłów (near Lubięcin), on a tourist green walking route from Tarnów Jezierny to Józefów. The Leśny Apiary Skansen aims at preservation of such apiarian objects as wild beehives, log-beehives, straw beehives, Polish-type beehives and apiarian equipment. The objects are exposed in the open air, in natural forest surroundings. Some priorities of the skansen are saving the cultural heritage, enhancement of ecological awareness of the society and promotion of planting melliferous trees and bushes in forest wasteland areas. The skansen offers organization of "Green Lessons" for children and youth from the local kindergartens and schools. Antoni is a master of woodcarving and joinery, runs a workshop of furniture renovation, weaves rattan furniture, carves sculptures to order, buys and sells antiques.
Apiary Skansen in Pszczew
The Apiary Skansen with honeycombs and beeswax slices, with the sound of busy bees and bee glue fragrance is a place worth visiting. Tadeusz Bryszkowski has collected here unique exhibits to document the art and work of forest beekeepers and apiarists; their history, development and contemporaneity. The collections show old beehives, log-beehives, tools of forest beekeepers and apiarists. The regular exposition presents a dozen of wild beehives (i.e. beehives hollowed in tree trunks, decorated with sculptures, of unique natural shape and straw covers), a collection of Christmas cribs, etc.. Many exhibits come from the last two centuries and from the beginning of the present century, and they remind us of our origins, roots, culture, art and customs.