SgtMaj. Welcome to our forum, you are already asking questions and getting answers. Ask more questions, you will get more answers. This is a place where you will learn how to keep some bees, you need some, only a few tomatoes on a few bushes, if there were bees, they may be better fruit set on those tomatoes that you do have. The bees must be declining in the area, I would suspect that the beekeeper no longer keeps bees and there are not many feral in your area, you will hear more comments.
You should seriously think about becoming a beekeeper, others in your area, as well as yourself, would benefit from your bees, that would be a great contribution to an area that is lacking bee-power, hee, hee.
Stick around, enjoy your stay with us, and one day, you may become an aspiring beekeeper, that would be a good thing. Have a most wonderful day, dream about your future beekeeping.......Cindi