October was spent on helping you develop some life strategies but you didn't think I forgot about the bees, did you? This crazy warm fall weather means that as of today they are still out and about but let's talk honey.
It's jarred. It's labeled. It's amazing. I sold my first two jars yesterday to someone who ordered it in September.
"I used to have a honey guy but I think he died."
When I'm in a tree with a sharp saw and my smoker (also known as a can of fire), in the rain, wrestling a swarm of bees, or laid up with a nasty sting on my ankle which is so swollen it feels like it might burst, or wearing a suffocating bee suit when it's 105* I think it might kill me too.
Let's recap the season. Here's where we started in March with 3 hives.
They swarmed. Which created this scenario...
You really haven't lived until you've tried to get 20 thousand bees in a box.
You can see the queen cells in the photo below. This means these bees are planning on swarming.
The most organized sorority in the world.
So productive. Above capped honey. Below the frame they started with.
Love this frame where you can see their handiwork.
Next it goes into the honey extractor, which works by centrifugal force.
Another way to extract honey is just to scrape it right off the frame into the jar. That's how I'm doing it since this post. People have been loving the raw unfiltered honey with comb in it.
I loved reading the process!ReplyDelete
It is endlessly fascinating to me to work with them. I love to share the mysteries of the hive with friends and readers! Thanks for stopping by!Delete