Kopp's Crops is a family-run business specializing in maple syrup, honey and fresh vegetables. We are located 45 miles north of Minneapolis in Bradford Township on our 65 acre farm.

*Now Selling at the Cambridge-Isanti Farmers Market!*

Local Orders: For pickup in Isanti, Cambridge, Brooklyn Park or Arden Hills, please email koppscrops@gmail.com or call 763-772-7057 to place your order and arrange payment & pickup. Available products are listed in the shopping cart below.

Outside the Twin Cities: Please use the online shopping cart below. USPS shipping charges will be calculated at checkout.

For questions, please email us at koppscrops@gmail.com


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Long Live the Queen (Bees)!

It’s been a long winter.  Really long.  Crazy long.  Remind-us-why-we-live-here long.  At least we’ve had a nice warm house and a steady supply of comfort food during these long months.  But our bees were facing their first Minnesota winter in the Kopp woods, with just drafty little wooden bungalows for shelter and a little honey to keep their bee bellies full.  More than a little honey, really – roughly 80-90 pounds, or 6-7 gallons per hive.  Even so, the long, long winter meant that one of the hives ran out of food.  So some emergency rations were required – 10 pounds of granulated sugar on a layer of wax paper.  And we’re happy to report that both hives have survived the winter! 
When we lived in the city limits dandelions were the enemy, to be hunted and obliterated by any means possible.  But now, we’re eagerly awaiting their first blooms; dandelions have a very large nectar flow and are among the first major nectar sources for bees in the spring.  Our hives desperately need to replenish their honey stores!  Plus, imagine how much fun it will be to teach Amanda how to blow the seeds off big white dandelion puffs.  Toward the neighbor’s yard, of course…