Honey is the first food that comes to mind when we think of bees. But, honey bees have busier tasks more than we know. Apples, cranberries, melons and broccoli are crops pollinated by bees while some crops like blueberries are even more dependent on the honey bee pollination.

Pollination is needed for plants to reproduce, and so many plants depend on bees or other insects as pollinators.

When you visit the Westchase District Farmers Market on Thursdays you are also celebrating Pollinator Week year round. That’s because you get local, fresh foods that rely on or benefit from bee pollination such as cabbage, cucumber, egg plant, peaches, onions, radishes, rhubarb, squash and so much more.

Our resident beekeeper, Chris Kohnke, of Pure Texas Honey, breaks down the activity.

Considering essential crops in the food supply chain rely on bees, being ‘busy as a bee’ takes on greater meaning as we celebrate this week.