Visit Lee’s Bees – and the kids behind the project – this Saturday at Cafe Zoë

by Linda Hubbard on August 9, 2017

We were lucky enough to get a preview this afternoon of Lee’s Bees, a project that two Menlo Park kids — 10-year-old Heather and her 12-year-old brother, Jason — have been working on this summer, under the guidance of their grandmother, Sandy Lee, who lives next door to her grandchildren.

The young bee keepers tend two hives that are located in Sandy’s backyard. Dressed in bee suits, they harvested the honey from the hives earlier this summer. “Then we used a spatula to scrape the honey off the frames,” explained Heather, a student at Upper Laurel School.

On Saturday, they’ll be at Cafe Zoë (1929 Menalto) from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm selling honey as well as an amazing variety of products they’ve made from the honey, including soaps, balms and lotions. Also available is a series of books with bee themes that Heather has written and illustrated.

For his part, Jason, who attends Hillview, has prepared index cards with facts about bees. “One of our goals is to teach everyone who walks by about bees,” said Heather. “Honey bees are members of our community, and we want bees to thrive.”

The brother and sister have also added photos of the hives on a poster that implores people passing by to “save the bees.”

After covering expenses, the siblings plan to use the proceeds from Lee’s Bees to save for college. “I’m trying to teach them entrepreneurship,” added Sandy.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017


Moni August 11, 2017 at 11:51 pm

I am so proud of you Heather and Jason!
Heather, you are a great Aerialist and a wise beekeeper.

Sandy August 17, 2017 at 6:56 am

Thanks so much to everyone who visited the honey stand and to Zoe Cafe for providing space in front of her store, all of which made the kids’ effort a rewarding success. They were thrilled to talk about the bees, the honey and products made from honey and beeswax and learn first hand about entrepreneurship. We hope to return again after another honey harvest. Heather and Jason – great job!

Heather July 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Hi everyone! It has almost been a full year since our bee sale, and I am proud to say that we are officially having the second annual bee sale this year on August 18th, in front of Cafe Zoe’s. We have new soap designs and I have written 3 more books for my Little Bees Series. We have worked extremely hard this year, and we have a new product to add onto our bee sale. It’s a surprise, and I hope that everyone from Menlo Park comes to our bee sale to support us and help save the bees!

Sandy July 26, 2018 at 8:57 pm

Also want to thank everyone who supported the kids last year in our Honey Stand, some traveling from as far away as San Jose! It’s really appreciated. Our bees are doing great and we were able to add additional equipment for our beehives and better monitor their health, the real test being to survive the winter (which they did this year!) We also planted more bee friendly flowers so the girls wouldn’t have to forage so far and our honey soaps and wildflower honey received second place at the San Mateo County Fair this year, first time entering the judging. Again, thanks and see you on the 18th about 9 am 🙂

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