For the 2015 season, the club officers have decided to pre-order 40 packages from Dadant. Bee packages differ from nucs in that all you get are bees, not frames or brood. You will have immediate view of the queen, and you should receive bees with fewer pests (mites and small hive beetles). In the spring, we will provide information on how to install packages. Bee packages will cost $110 each, and you can order up to five through the club.
To pay for your bees, send a check payable to "Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club" and mail it to: Marjorie Pryse, 1 Pembroke Lane, Ithaca, NY 14850. We are also trying an on-line payment system for the first time. To pay for your bee package using a credit card, go to https://squareup.com/market/FLBeeclub/bee-package and add a bee package to your basket. (You can go to your basket and change quantities if you want more than one package.) If your membership has lapsed, and you need to renew, you can renew online through this link. The online system will walk you through the checkout process.
For members who prefer to obtain a nuc instead, refer to our list of local nuc suppliers that we have online. (We provide this list for your convenience: it does not imply and endorsement of these vendors, and may change through the spring.) You will need to arrange to pick up this nuc yourself, or “nuc-pool” with others.
If you are trying to decide between ordering a package through the club, and a nuc on your own, check out this Nuc Versus Packages comparison list.