Well, things have really come along in Georgia. With a crew of four, we have been making numerous hive “splits”, which is beekeepers lingo for dividing one colony into two colonies. All our nucs are stocked with bees, and with young, well mated, vigorous queens. Thankfully, the Titi flow is over, and we have some time to pull the honey out of the broodnest to give the young queens needed space to lay eggs in. Every year the Titi seems to come in a little different. Last year the first bloom got hit with frost, and the secondary bloom secreted nectar that gave the bees the needed carbohydrate to build new comb and strengthen the colony. This year, the Titi started out slow and steady. Then, when the warmer temps hit in early April, it was like a water tap opened up, and the hives filled every cell with nectar. When working these colonies and moving frames around, nectar was dripping out of the comb and onto our pants and shoes. By the end of a day, we were sticky with Titi nectar.
Currently, we are in a dearth in Southeast GA, meaning no nectar is coming in. The next flow will be from the Black/Sweet gum trees, swamp Tupelo, followed by Gallberry and Palmetto. These flows look extremely promising due to the water levels on the nearby rivers. The Ogechee Tupelo trees are getting their feet wet, which is necessary to yield Tupelo nectar, and the Gallberry bushes are primed with good ground moisture to get the main honey flow started.
Blueberry pollination in Georgia is over, and soon our bees will be headed back to northeast to begin pollinating apples in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.
As our bees in Massachusetts start to bring in their first loads of Maple pollen, the fragrance of brood rearing fills the beeyard air: “it is finally spring”.
Before heading out for a jog or the gym, try this easy to make honey energy drink:
1/2 cup Honey (warm the honey a bit to make easy to dissolve in water)
1/4 cup lemon juice
7 1/2 cups of water
1 ts salt
In a pitcher, mix all ingredients, and refrigerate.
Have a glass 30 minutes before exercise routine.
With Spring just around the corner,we are excited for the coming of the warmer weather. Spring is a time of growth and bee development. With some of our bees in Georgia, the warm weather is a great benefit. Our bees have been harvesting a steady flow of pollen from Maple, Willow, Titi, and our hives are growing steadily. We are seeing great hive development; our operation is in full stride, making splits and raising queens. Some of our hives are pollinating some 300 acres of organic blueberries.
But this warm weather of early spring dries the underbrush and fields rather quickly. Fire danger level is extreme. We experienced a small setback on Veterans Day, when a fire broke out in a field at the home yard. Luckily, the wind pushed the fire thru the field, burning the grass under the bee pallets quickly. Sparks from a bee smoker, coupled with very dry grass and an east wind, got the fire going extremely fast. Our crew acted quickly in saving a number of hives and containing the fire. We learned from this event, and steps have been taken to improve our fire prevention throughout our fields.
Our bees in Massachusetts are still entrenched in the snow. We’ve had a few warm days, which allowed our bees a few cleansing flights, but for now our bees remain inside. When the warm northern Spring does arrive, our bees will be in full flight, gathering the first pollen of the season from skunk cabbage, and the more important, Maple tree bloom.
With Spring comes a pollen filled season, and for those suffering with bad allergies, we’d like to recommend our Infused honey. All our honeys are unfiltered, therefore containing small amounts of pollen. Our Infused honey is our Massachusetts wildflower honey infused with extra pollen and propolis harvested from our hives. The result is a thick, nutty taste honey, loaded with pollen and propolis. Customers that have tried this honey product have given us positive feedback. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
All of our honeys are raw, unfiltered, Kosher PARVE and Kosher for Passover Certified.
Love is in the air….so keep those lips kissable!
During the month of February, receive a free lip balm with any order of $30.00 or more.
(Offer ends 2/28/14. Limit of one lip balm per order)
The weather in Georgia is currently overcast with a slight drizzle, and Andy Reseska who is currently in the southern state, can even see his breath in the cool air. Yesterday was a much better day for bee flight, with the temperature in the high 60’s. Lately, with this cold weather over most of the country, the bees have been flying a few days per week, collecting pollen from the maple trees that is high in protein. The bee colonies have begun brood rearing, and will be building in population over the next few months . Georgia blueberry pollination is a few weeks away in mid February.
We move some of our bees down to Georgia in November and December to escape the cold northeast, and to give them a headstart . This time spent in Georgia is a great benefit to our bees as the warmer weather allows for us to build up the colonies and make ‘splits’. ‘Splits’ is a term used by beekeepers when we divide one colony into two colonies, and we re-queen the newly made hive allowing us to grow our operation. Furthermore, the forage in Georgia is greatly beneficial with a great deal of nectar and pollen laden flower buds for our bees to harvest from.
Our Bees that have remained in Massachusetts are hunckered down for the cold, and time will tell how they have faired. We left them with plenty of honey stores to keep them fed, and populations looked good when we last checked on them in early December.
Japanese Knotweed has been selected by NEW BEAUTY MAGAZINE as one of the “HOTTEST NEW SUPERFOODS”.
Read more about it in their FALL – WINTER 2013 issue.
Order our BHC Japanese Knotweed Honey and any of our other products by visiting our on-line store.
What is a CSA?
The acronym CSA traditionally stands for Community SupportedAgriculture. For us, it means Community Supported Apiculture. No matter what, a CSA is a socio-economic method of reaching the community directly to distribute locally produced farm products. In our case, we offer honey as well as candles directly from our apiary.
In our Community Supported Apiculture, customers buy in just like with a farm’s CSA. Payment to the apiary is made ahead of harvest ensuring both the customer’s receipt of a portion of the honey crop as well as the beekeepers funding for the year’s supplies. The act links the customer and beekeeper by financial investment, allowing the two to know each other on a more personal level as well as a responsible one. This is a terrific way to not only acquire real value, but also pitch in and help with local, sustainable beekeeping.
Our honey CSA is a bit different. Since honey is harvested en masse and stores indefinitely, the crop is not distributed on a weekly basis or expected to be consumed within a week. The price on the share is set in a way that allows for you to ultimately pay less on our products by virtue of paying up front and in full. You receive a share of honey and candles at pick-up day that are meant to last for a long time. A bulk acquisition of honey also secures you from any later price hikes that may occur due to the impact of a short crop, supply increases, etc. In addition, at the pick-up we all get to meet and come face to face! For us this is important. We want to know who you are. We want to have your feedback and input! Beyond being connected to us, our CSA, like all CSAs, is about acting with the community to mitigate and bond over the risks of the industry. A purchase of a honey CSA is as much about a show of support and faith, as it is about goods or nutrition. At a time where apicultural stability and bee pasture are at threat, a purchase of our honey CSA is a loud voice affirming our honeybee’s importance to the region’s agricultural community and our natural environment.
Our CSA share consists of:
- 3 – 2lb jars of our Massachusetts Wildflower honey
- 1 – 9 oz jar of our Massachusetts Clethra honey
- 1 – 8 oz Infused honey
- 1 pair of 8” hand–dipped beeswax tapered candles
PRICE: $ 80.00
PICK-UP DATE: NOVEMBER 2nd, 2013
PICK-UP TIME: 9AM – 1PM
PICK-UP LOCATION: 229 LOWLAND ST., HOLLISTON, MA (OUR WAREHOUSE)
THIS ITEM IS SOLD OUT FOR THIS SEASON.