A Close Encounter with Bees at Milea Bee Farm
We were looking for a place to visit one holiday, different from the usual theme park, beaches or resort for a change. Then we thought about Milea Bee Farm, a bee-friendly farm that we wanted to go for the longest time. You see, this is so close to our home thus we always schedule it for another weekend or holiday. Finally, the day came and my little ones were buzzing with excitement with high hopes of having a “bee” friend.
At the entrance we were greeted by this “receptionist” and reminded us that we’re entering a bee-friendly environment. The quote is so cliche but nevertheless, I totally love it. “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but pictures, kill nothing but time” There are so many quotes and animal figures at the entrance, and everywhere that you can’t help but read and well, take pictures.
Milea Bee Farm Educational and Experience Fee
We visited the farm last Monday, a national holiday so the timing is not right. Guided farm tour and beekeeping orientation is conducted every Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:30am and 2:30pm, The fee is Php200 per person for two hours and reservation is required. Anyhow, a personnel tour us around the farm for FREE. We would love to book for an educational tour one of these days. Many groups mostly schools, are visiting this farm for their field trips.
Milea Bee Farm All Organic Products
We first went to the store where lots of organic products are available. Aside from 100% pure, raw honey, there are also available medicinal pollen, beeswax food wraps and from apis cerana. There are also coconut sugar, propolis extract, honey ciders and vinegar. Since I am a fan of detox, I bought a tea powder made with turmeric, ginger, lemongrass and malunggay. I also took home pure, raw honey after tasting some during the free tour. According to the personnel, every harvest is different thus price varies too. Taste depends on the flowers around them. The one I got is collected by wild bees from the nectar of sunflowers. Awesome isn’t it? Check out the products and prices here.
There are also available bath and body products, baby care and cosmetics from Milea Bee Farm. If you will also visit the about us page of Milea organics, you will discover the journey of the owners of the farm. Here’s the excerpt.
“It started with my son who contacted Skin Asthma. After several expensive visits to dermatologists, I decided to try natural products. I searched for local and imported brands, but did not find what can help my son. Until I decided to take things into my own hands and first created soaps and natural moisturizers for him. Later, I took formal studies from experts in the field both local and foreign. The journey then continued with many, many products requested by family, friends and then customers.”
No wonder Edilee Omoyon of Milea Bee Farm was awarded by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the 20 Filipina entrepreneurs during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit.
Milea Bee Farm Tour and Close Encounter with Bees
We began to tour around and saw the beehives. The gardens are full of trees, flowers and all organic vegetables. My kids happily walked around and when the personnel asked if we would like to have closer encounter with bees, they ran away. So what happened to befriending a bee? I wondered.
But when their father grasped one, they went closer and happily smiled when I took their picture. According to the personnel, as long as you will not harm them, they will not sting you. They also asked me to taste the honey and it was so delicious, I bought one from the store.
After the tour, we took a glass of cucumber juice and camote water, a welcome drinks they offered when we arrived which we initially declined. They offered refreshing drinks, perfect for a hot day. The personnel shared a fun fact that the camote water is from sweet potato roots, boiled and mixed with honey and citrus. A must try at home. Milea Bee Farm is located at Kurba Rd. Balagtasin, San Jose, Batangas 4227 and you can call 0917 888 8438 for reservations. Visit their facebook page for more details.
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