honey

Extracting Honey

Our weather has been great for making honey. I’ve gotten quite a few questions about how I get the honey out of the hive. It starts by removing boxes from the hive in which the frames of honey have cells that are capped, or sealed with wax, like in the…

Honey in the mainstream

I took my youngest child clothes shopping, and while she was in a fitting room, I took a stroll out of curiousity to see if the store had any honey inventory. It did! On its food shelves, there were bottles of specialty honeys: acacia, eucalyptus, lavender, and creamed honeys. I also found honey in…

Honey Lemonade

Sue Bee sends me recipes by email, and since I bought a new blender (look in the background of this photo) and a new food processor this year, I see myself making these recipes. I really appreciate the size of the recipes, as I’ve been using a super-sized batch recipe for groups.…

Bees on a hot tar roof

Thankfully, July has been cool enough to make a cut out on a tar roof endurable. About two months ago, I visited this building because the store owner had honey bees in his retail space. I spoke with him, with his contractor, and then with the property owner. The property owner didn’t…

Help! Save the baby!

I have had a very eventful year as a beekeeper in 2013. Multiple swarm calls. About half of them have not been bees. Thank God for emailing digital photos. Colony removal. I chalk this up to the weather doing a number on the old trees with colonies. Beginning beekeepers. They…