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.
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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