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05/21/2018 Russian Packages, The "At Last a Date" Update


As you know, we've been pressing for a date, and a date and here's what we've learned.

First, to dispel any doubts: the bees are coming, and our package reservations will be honored.

We have been told that the Russian packages will arrive sometime on or about June 8-9. Way, way behind the original target, but still there will be enough season left to get them established and built up. They won't be pollinating any fruit trees this year, but other crops will still benefit from their presence.

Apparently a number of the southern apiaries had hard winter losses, followed by a cool wet spring. The spring buildup was slower than expected, and when it was time for peak package production, there just weren't enough bees. It's not the kind of thing that can be brought in line quickly. It takes time to raise brood.

Seems every year I hear about someone or other experiencing something like this. This year, it's us.

Again - right down the line, we're sorry for the delay, but there's not much can be done. Weather and other circumstances are uneven and the seasons don't follow the timeline we set down on the calendar.

We'll let you know as soon as we are able to set days/times for pickup.

05/18/2018 Power's back. Russian package update ...

The Russian packages are still delayed, and we don't yet have a definite date for their delivery.Next week we will confer again and hope to get a delivery date, and we'll take it from there. Yes, that's what was in the last email, and I don't know any more at this point, either.The originating apiary hasn't [...]

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05/17/18 Queens are in, power/phone still out

The queens arrived safe and sound, thankfully.They can be picked up today, 2-7pm, tomorrow 2-6pm, and Saturday 10am-2pm.No word on the Russians packages, yet, but I'll be following up on that shortly.

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05/16/2018 Storm yesterday, power/phone out, queens delayed

The storm yesterday hit Newtown hard, and hit some nearby town even harder.The power and phone are out, and the queens that were supposed to arrive are being held in Brookfield. They should be delivered tomorrow by end of day. I'll be checking their tracking information, and will post an update tomorrow around 11am.Power is [...]

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05/10/2018 Russian packages: Another Update

The Russian packages are still delayed, and we don't yet have a definite date for their delivery.Next week we will confer again and hope to get a delivery date, and we'll take it from there. I'm sorry the news isn't more uplifting, but please know that all involved are working hard to get the information [...]

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04/25/2018 Guesstimated date for delivery of Russian Packages

The most recent guesstimate for delivery of the Russian package bees is May 2nd or 3rd.The date is still tentative, and subject to change. Please stay tuned - we'll let you know as soon as we hear anything more definite.Once they arrive, the packages will be available for several days following their arrival here [...]

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04/24/2018 Update: 2nd Delivery Italians / Carniolan / Saskatraz

The packages in this delivery will be available for pickup as follows:TUESDAY: 1pm - 4pm  (Yes - we didn't expect to be back in time, but we had quite a tailwind.)Wednesday: 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 8pm  (Rain is forecast, so get your bees and be ready to install on Thursday!)Thursday: 10am - 12pm [...]

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04/17/2018 Update: 1st Delivery Italians / Carniolan / Saskatraz

We're back with the 1st delivery of Italians / Carniolan / Saskatraz packages.  It sure doesn't feel like spring, what with the snow squalls we drove through the last two days.  The forecast for tomorrow holds promise, though, and we'll commence distribution of package bees from 1pm to 7pm.Thursday we'll be here for our usual [...]

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03/19/2018 Package Bees: Early Italians Delivery Date

It's happening, folks. We are confirmed with the apiary to pick up the early Italian packages this week. Yes, it's cold, so refresh your memory, read up and/or talk amongst yourselves about how to install bees in cold weather. *** REMINDER: We are now at our new location, 160A Sugar Street, Newtown, CT 06470 *** Delivery [...]

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1/16/2018 - We are now taking reservations for package bees for Spring 2018 for pickup in NEWTOWN, CT!

We are now taking reservations for package bees! First come first served! Please review our reservation / refund policy here.Our package bees are for local pickup only - we don't ship bees!To get information about having bees shipped to you, please see our information on bee suppliers. NOTE: we are now located at 160A Sugar Street (Rt. 302), [...]

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