The Importance of Pollinators

It’s early summer here in the Northeast, with flowers in full bloom and our farmers’ and employees’ gardens and lands starting to see the first yield of a summer harvest. From picking lettuce to strawberries to daisies, we love the season and being outside with family and friends.

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Our farmers know that we could not have the food that we do without the help of a very special group of birds, bats, and insects called pollinators. An essential part of our food system, they are responsible for supporting the growth of 1/3 of the world’s food sources!

Pollinators are birds and insects who help plants produce grow and multiply through transporting pollen from plant to plant (or flower to flower). This relationship serves two purposes: the plants are fertilized and able to grow and reproduce and the pollinators are fed.

Pollinators play a very unique role in the food eco-system, and while humans have tried to create machines to mimic the work of a pollinator, it is impossible to do it in a way that is as sustainable, natural, and beautiful as a native pollinator.

How can I support pollinators?

  • Due to habitat destruction, climate change and an increased use of pesticides, pollinators are in trouble. It is crucial that humans step in and help develop habitats for these special species before they are gone for good. Luckily, supporting pollinators can be both beautiful, delicious, fun:
  • Check out Cabot’s Pollinator Patch for great activities to introduce and excite your family about the important role pollinators play, and how we can help!
  • Plant flowers that pollinators love: this can include milkweed (For monarch butterflies), nectar or pollen producing plants (like snapdragons, potatoes, marigolds, carrots, dill, and lavender). A lot of these plants do well in hanging baskets or other containers, so if you don’t have a ton of outdoor space, you can still do your part! Gardener’s Supply has a specific garden guide that attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
  • Plant flowers and other veggies/fruits that come into bloom at various times of the year, ensuring a food source the whole season long. 
  • If you have the space, let part of your lawn or garden “go wild”, which allows for a safe home for pollinators. Bird baths are also a nice and fun touch!
  • Rather than using a pesticide to kill unwanted insects in your garden, consider introducing native American ladybugs to help get the job done!
  • Buy honey and other vegetation from local producers at a Farmer’s Market or CSA.


Plants that rely on pollinators:

Apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, mango, melons, papaya, peach, pear, raspberries, strawberries

Almonds, cashews, coconuts, macadamia nuts

Avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, onion, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, zucchini

Flax, sesame, sunflowers

Anise, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint

Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sugarcane, tea.

Recipes that come from pollinators

Breakfast

Chocolate Chunk Pancakes with Fresh Raspberry Maple Syrup

Healthy Banana Bread with Yogurt

Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet with Bacon, Cheddar & Red Onion

Snack

Berry Smoothie Bowl with Yogurt

Cheddar Apple Sandwiches

Lunch/Dinner

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

Vegetable Tart with Cheddar Cornmeal Crust

Summer Vegetable Home Fries

Zucchini Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Dessert

Cheddar S’mores

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting

Comments (11)

April | June 24, 2022 | 3:06pm

Everything looks so yummy. I truly do not know what to make first.

Ivy | June 24, 2022 | 3:32pm

I think I’ll make the vegetable tart

Ruby Watson | June 24, 2022 | 3:33pm

Love the cheese so much! Also enjoy the articles about the farmers and the recipes!

Betty Wonkovich | June 24, 2022 | 3:52pm

Been a fan of the cheese for a long time and just love the
recipes. I think I will make the bread with yogurt first then the
cupcakes.

Cindy Trahan-Liptak | June 24, 2022 | 3:59pm

Weekend breakfast looks planned now!

Marilyn Hes | June 25, 2022 | 9:23am

In an effort to support Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators, I’ve turned 1/3 of our front yard into a pollinator garden. Plus I have a raised area between the sidewalk and house where I allow milkweed to grow wild. I plant 4 large pots in that area with colorful annuals to entice the pollinators too. Behind the garage I have a compost pile on the ground. On the west side of our house I plant herbs (dill, chives, fennel, cilantro, basil, parsley, rosemary, chamomile & lemon balm in pots), tomatoes and cucumbers on the patio. The Eastern Swallowtails love the dill!

ddnsc | June 25, 2022 | 11:40am

Thank you for this important article on pollinators! I live in the south east and am fortunate to be able to plant/grow year round. Most of my 1+ acre yard, except my little veggie garden, has been dedicated to the protection/support of all wildlife, including pollinators! (Although, the veggie garden sometimes ends up feeding some of the same wildlife!) 🙂 It’s amazing what happens when we let nature ‘do it’s thing’! The recipes look amazing…I’m trying to decide what to try first!

James Slate | June 25, 2022 | 3:09pm

So glad this issue is being addressed. Way too many chemicals in the systems today. Thanks for pollinators support. Love ya Cabot.

Eleanor Wharton | June 26, 2022 | 1:10pm

I wanted to enter your sweepstakes using https://www.cabotcheese.coop/pollinator-giveaway/ but it only went to nothing that I could use. I did tweet about the contest but got nothing in return. Am I missing something?

    Rachael | June 27, 2022 | 2:01pm

    Hi Eleanor – there’s a form within the blog post, or on that page you mentioned. You need to fill out the form there, and then your entry will be submitted. If you’re having trouble submitting the form, please email me! ~Rachael rkeyes@cabotcheese.coop

toni dananto | September 06, 2022 | 10:33pm

Small think but it really important. Thank you for shared.

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