My neighbor two houses up is a mad gardener. In order to increase the pollination of the plants in his garden, he had a bee hive set up in his back yard. Ever since that time, honeybees have been mobbing our flowering cherry and Wisteria. Our neighbor also gets a nice harvest of honey every year.
Don’t ask Mason bees for honey; you will just get a blank stare from each of their five eyes. They don’t make honey. And forget about hosting a Mason bee get together; Mason bees are solitary types. Still, they are great pollinators and lots of people are great Mason bee fans given all the work Mason bees do pollinating fruit trees around the world.
If you want to can some of those delicious pears, plums and strawberries that benefitted from the work of Mason bees, you are going to need some Mason jars. The Mason jar was invented and patented in 1858 by John Landis Mason of Philadelphia. Two brands of Mason jars that are made by members of our extended American family are Ball and Kerr. The linked website is very helpful for those just starting the hobby of putting up your own fruit, jellies and jams.
I also came across a cool American made gizmo that turns your Mason jars into drinking vessels. Once you buy a Cuppow! lid, you can turn your Mason jar into a very hipster approved coffee cup or microbrew sipping mug. The Cuppow lid is BPA free and made on our shores.