Last weekend, we had to pick up our 20,000 Italian honeybees that we ordered from our beekeeping teacher and the folks at NYCBA. I will write about that experience in an upcoming post. Since the bees were on their way, we were suddenly in a rush, we had to get some beekeeping supplies to get ready for their arrival. Even though the four of us involved in our new bee adventure all order our supplies online, none of us received our packages in time. We had ordered beekeeper protective suits, entrance feeders, water feeders, hive tools, smokers, but none of it came in. Then I remembered that I saw on Twitter that a new farming store had opened in Brooklyn called Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply. Hayseed was opened as a seasonal farm supply store by Brooklyn Homesteader and the folks at Brooklyn Grange. They recognized an increase of "urban farmers" maintaining gardens, chickens, and bees in the city and thus there was a growing need for a local source of farm supplies. Things like hay, organic soil amendments, and poultry feed were absolutely impossible to find in the 5 boroughs. I had read that they also sold beekeeping supplies, and since our beekeeping group had not received any of our supplies in time, I went there to pick up the most important bee gear, the protective veil. At minimum, we needed hats and veils to wear when we pour the bees into our beehives. We were so lucky that this store opened up this season to save us in this pinch! At first sight, I was so impressed with this store. It was so beautifully designed, that these photos really do not do it justice. I was literally giddy walking around and looking at everything. I was like a big kid in a gardening candy store!
Hayseed is absolutely perfect and super convenient for us city folks. I am telling everyone I know to go and support this new local store. As this urban farming community continues to grow, we NEED businesses like this. If you're in the NY City area, come out to Greenpoint, Brooklyn and support them! They also offer classes, events and workshops, see their calendar of upcoming ones. I definitely see a few I'd like to attend. Go to the store, I promise, you'll love it!