Life at the Farm As
We Approach Summer
Taking life one sun beam at a time.
After two years, our Mid-Summer Mead Festival returns! We are so looking forward to Ryan McAllister’s live music as we revel in our much deserved mid-summer relaxation. We may have a few other surprises up our sleeve, so please join us for mead sips and charcuterie bites on a warm summer’s night.

Date: July 23, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tickets: $100 and includes:
entry for two people
two glasses of mead per person
one charcuterie box for two

We only have a limited number of tickets available.
Don't miss out on this delightful social event!
What's been happening
at the farm?
Our Beginner Beekeeping course has now concluded and those who are pursuing beekeeping have, excitedly, built their equipment and are in the process of getting their nucs (nucleus hives – mini hives to start with). We see some new beekeepers approach their first hive with trepidation, but mainly sheer excitement. As new and experienced beekeepers pick up their nucs with visions of honey and happy bees, they are all looking forward to getting their bees home and settled. Every year we see our creative students paint and decorate their hives. Here are a few pictures shared by students over the years that have warmed our hearts...

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

June's focus is on queen rearing and apiary expansion by starting new hives. The reason is that these efforts help us to buffer inevitable winter losses. 
Queen Bee Square
During our Plant for the Bees event on May 21st, we were blessed with sunshine. About 60 people participated. We learned and talked, planted bulbs, perennials, and sunflower seeds! Everyone went home with their own little jar of honey and a package of sunflower seeds to plant in their own areas.

One of the children asked in astonishment, “You do this every year?” To which we answered, “Yes!”.

All those who participated are welcome to return this summer to see the fruits of their labour and will be given sunflower stems to take home. We hope to see this event grow as we host it annually in the third week of May.

Our daughter, Jenny, has been busy! She has quite the green thumb and has planted perennials, various seeds, bulbs, such as colourful dahlias, a black cherry tree, and echinacea called 'White Swan'. All of this is to augment forage at the farm.
Other routine farm activities include working the land, cleaning up, and harvesting fruit and berries for our honey wines, starting and finishing the honey wines, bottling the different honeys, organizing events, and our favourite part...greeting visitors.

Most recently we met a couple travelling from New Brunswick that are also beekeepers. We had a wonderful time discussing coastal similarities and differences. Often, we connect with visitors connected to the beekeeping world.
Sips We're Enjoying Lately
Have you tried these meads and heard about our Mead Club?

Aphrodite - Quince Melomel
Country Casual - Apple Metheglin
Crofter's Choice - Cranberry Melomel
Out of Eden - Apricot Melomel

Wine and Patios Go Together like Milk and Cookies

It's been a cool spring but warmer days are coming! Our patio has views of the farms and surrounding florals. Grab a glass of your favourite mead and enjoy a charcuterie box.* Vegetarian options, too. You can also take your wine tasting outdoors.
We would love to see you!

*The details are on our website -- we need three business days notice and please note that we don't permit outside food.

Adventure and tag along with a beekeeper to learn about topical issues in real-time. Open Hive Thursdays include a visit to a live hive and a small jar of honey.

Dates: Throughout July and August
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Cost: $10 per person

These 'walk and talk' tours are about education and awareness. We focus on observing seasonal changes in flora and looking at ways to keep the honey bees and other pollinators happy and healthy. When they do good work, they keep us happy and healthy in return. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, and come join us!

Summer Tour:
July 24th, 2022 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Fall Tour:
September 18th, 2022 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Make beeswax candles while enjoying mead and charcuterie*! Make it a girls night, date night, or family night! Children are welcome to come with their family members.

Beginner Class: 
July 27, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Advanced Class:
August 3, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

All classes will be a maximum of 12 people.

*Choose from our meat and vegetarian charcuterie options.
Non-alcoholic beverage options are also available.

If you are looking for something different to celebrate a special occasion or to team build, you can book a beginner beeswax candle making class. The cost is based on the number of people attending and the type of event you are holding. 

We planted our first sunflowers on May 21st and are hoping to plant more by mid-June. These plants provide a large forage for all pollinators, during the hottest time of the summer, when fewer plants are blooming. This is especially important for providing nectar and pollen for the honey bees we have at the farm. 

There is no charge to come and have your picture taken with the sunflowers! We will have sunflowers for purchase as well.

Date: Summer 2022
(Please check our website or social media announcements for the exact dates.)
Time: During our hours of operation
Pricing for Stems: One for $1 or six for $5
See all of our events and upcoming classes and
Happy Early Summer Solstice!

Monday to Wednesday: Closed
Thursday & Friday: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm
Statutory Holidays: Closed

Campbells Gold
Honey Farm & Meadery
2595 Lefeuvre Rd, Abbotsford