Mom's Organic Market has partnered with local bee breeder Richland Honey Bees in Catharpin, Virginia, in Prince William County, to offer customers a Queen bee and a nucleus hive, ready to order on Mom’s website.
“Pollinators are being wiped out by the toxic pesticides applied to farms and lawns everywhere,” said MOM’s founder Scott Nash, who happens to be a beekeeper himself. “It’s important to protect our pollinators and to bring awareness about how we can make a difference.”
Lynn White, with Richland Honey Bees, a member of the Russian Honeybee Breeders Association, will be at some MOM’s locations over the weekend to answer questions about the BeeSA program.
She believes that “pollinators and organic food go hand in hand.”
Bees aren’t the only unconventional thing MOM’s offers customers.
Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.