Disclosure: I received a gift card as compensation and a gift card for a giveaway for my review of Whole Food Market Carrollwood Share the Buzz event, and my relationship with the Tampa Bay Bloggers. The opinions shared are my own.
I have an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree in Environmental Science (not to mention an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology.) I even worked for many years as an Environmental Scientist. I know firsthand the importance of honeybees to our ecosystem.
Honeybees are VITAL component to the human diet. Typically, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these under-appreciated workers pollinate 80 percent of our flowering crops which constitute 1/3 of everything we eat. Losing them could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but would threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed.
Honeybees annually pollinate MORE THAN $14 billion worth of seeds and crops in the U.S. Essentially, if honeybees disappear, they could take most of our insect pollinated plants with them.
We enjoy growing our own fruits and vegetables. As we tend to our gardens we often see the multitude of bees that help to grow our food. The #TampaTrio used to be afraid of these little honeybees, thinking that the bees were out to sting them, but after many many MANY discussions, lessons from National Honey Board, and mainstream films like The Bee Movie, my kids no longer "freak out" every single time they see a bee.
The motto of Whole Foods Market—Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet — is one that I firmly believe in, practice, and stand behind. Once a week, every Friday afternoon, you'll find me strolling the aisles, filling in the gaps from my produce co-op that I picked up just a few minutes earlier from Carlita's Bowl Fruit and Veggie Co-op.
But if it weren't for bees, I'd have no produce to pick up. I'd have no meat to buy at Whole Foods Market, and Whole Foods Market Carrollowood is on a mission to let people know about the importance of bees.
They invited me, and my kids to their store to increase our bee knowledge in their Give Bees a Chance campaign by participating in a bee filled scavenger hunt!
The event was scheduled from 11am-1pm, but I'm a stickler for being on time despite the event being an open, come when you want, type of thing.
We arrived around 10:45am, and we were ready to go with the "first wave."
There were 10 clues total, and we had to either take a photo of the item that the clue directed us to, or the item would hold our next clue. The clues were generally all kid-friendly, and the Tampa Trio enjoyed taking their time (it was not an Amazing Race type of game), reading the clues and trying to figure out where we should go to find the item and our next clue.
We started with this clue:
Do you know it?? I knew it right away. I even sang the song in my head. I sang it out loud for my kids. They thought I was crazy. But when I sang it again, Haley hollered out ALMONDS!!
And above the bulk almonds we found clue 2. It says "it's the stingless bees that pollinate this bean, which will give you a morning jolt." Again, I knew it right away. The kids could not figure it out. I told them I thought it was coffee. We arrived at the coffee section, and I snapped a photo per the clue.
We took our phone (camera) back to the front, showed them the coffee pic, and received our next clue.
And then to this clue:
What fruit is fuzzy on the outside but green and sweet on the inside? Haley got it right away. It was the kiwi fruit.
They were out of stock on fresh kiwi, so we were instructed to take a photo of anything that had kiwi in it. Ronin chose this:
And back we went to the hive.
What green fruit is savory and creamy and often mistaken for a vegetable? Again, I knew it right away. Avocado. I heard so many other people struggling to figure this one out.
We took our pic and back to the hive we went for our next clue, which led us to blueberries. YUM!
The clue read "in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factor Veruca Salt "blew up" into this fruit. Haley looked at me and said "of course I know this, I read the book." Score one for #pushawaythescreen.
We snapped our pic, returned to the hive and buzzed about to our next clue.
The kids had NO IDEA what this product was.
And neither did a lot of the other people that were there. But of course I knew it.
Snapped our pic, returned to the hive, got our next clue.
Ronin read this card aloud to me, and quickly exclaimed "CARROTS, MAMA! It's CARROTS."
And we returned to the hive for our last and final task.
The kids worked together and circled tomatoes, lettuce, the pie filling (one said blueberries, two said raspberries), avocado, and lime.
We finished! And they learned a lot about bees and had fun while doing it. You'll notice on the bottom of each card is a Share the Buzz fact about bees. The kids and I read each of those facts aloud and the one that surprised the kids the most was that weeds can be a good thing! I have told them time and time again that weeds are simply plants that humans don't want in their yards. But weeds aren't bad. They just aren't aesthetically pleasing for our well manicured subdivisions.
The kids and I had a great time at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood and I hope that you learned a little something about bees by reading my post.
One lucky MetamorFit reader will win a $20 Whole Foods Market gift card good at the CARROLLWOOD LOCATION ONLY. Leave a comment telling me what bee pollinated food love the most! Giveaway ends Saturday, June 28, 2014 (my grandma's 86th birthday! Happy Birthday, Grandma!!)
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