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Monthly Market with the bees

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Every month we publish a series of images from the market held in Barga every second Sunday in the month.

Some months there is a good influx of people, some months less.

In amongst the usual Barbie dolls, bric a brac, Mussolini busts and religious icons, this month here has been a concerted effort to increase the participation of craftsmen, craftswomen and craftspeople in general.

New people are now arriving to take part in the market and the weather is now back up to its normal spring and almost summer temperatures … 31 degrees outside at the moment.

This month there is also a new entry — bees — a whole series of events all based around beekeeping or apiculture.

Beekeeping is the maintenance of bee colonies, commonly in man-made hives, by humans. Most such bees are honey bees in the genus Apis, but other honey-producing bees such as Melipona stingless bees are also kept. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect their honey and other products that the hive produce (including beeswax, propolis, flower pollen, bee pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.

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