Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How to Reliquify Granulated Honey

The granulation of honey is a natural process, and it is controlled by the sugar content within the honey. All honey will granulate.  Some will granulate more quickly than others, but there is no need to throw away granulated honey.
Reliquify granulated honey by simply placing the jar or bottle in a crock pot on low or warm.  No water needed.  Just until all of the crystals dissolve.

Once your honey is liquid again, you will have the same great product that you originally started out with.  It will thicken back up once it cools to room temperature.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What's BEEn going on?

We have been quite busy around the farm preparing for the upcoming beekeeping season. 

Well it officially starts this week with the break in the weather and beekeepers heading out to observe what winter has done.  Bees are going to have several days to remove dead bees and go on cleansing flights. This is also our chance as beekeepers to clean out the entrance of dead bees, capping, ice, snow or any other debris that may be on the bottom boards. If food resources are running low, feed sugar patties. Also this is the time to place pollen patty substitute above brood in order to help build colony strength remember bees need carbohydrates as well as protein in order to produce brood to build up numbers.
We lose more colonies this time of year then any other time.



March, We have lots of bees and need more equipment!

Matt and I have been quite busy around the farm. Assembling and building new bee equipment. Getting ready for our big expansion this year.  Our bees our pulling through winter quite heavy.  Queen Honey Bees will  be arriving in Mid-April for all of our new hives we will be making.
Here's a few pictures to see what we have been up to.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Honey, Just a spoonful a day.

Just a spoonful of honey can sweeten up a cup of tea, it can also help with infection, illness, and may help treat symptoms such as sore throats and coughs associated with the common cold. Let's not forget about Local Allergies as well.
Does local honey help with allergies?  The answer is yes. 
The idea behind eating honey is kind of like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens. Local honey can desensitize allergy sufferers to the pollen in the air.  Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to their presence and alleviate symptoms  It is also a good idea to start taking this honey 2-3 weeks prior to the bloom of such plants.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Winter and Bees...

Okay, okay I love a good snow storm.  But this cold, I'm not really sure.  I spent most of the day yesterday preparing the animals around the farm for the upcoming Artic Blast. Fresh clean water, barns bedded down with straw and hay and just making sure everybody had what they needed.  The rain is pouring as I write this.  The big concern begins Monday evening when temperatures drop and the wind chill goes right with it. The low overnight Monday/Tuesday is projected to be -8 degrees, with the high on Tuesday being 5 degrees. Wind chills are forecasted at between -20 and -40. We will be back in the 40's again by Friday, just in time to have major sinus congestion for the weekend.
We get asked a lot.  Do bees hibernate?  The answer is no. The bees form a cluster, holding tightly together on the honey combs in the hive. The outer bees form an insulating shell that prevents excessive loss of heat. Within the cluster the warmth permits normal cluster activity such as rearing the young and consuming food.
Bees can survive the cold.  A full size colony, with an adequate supply of honey and a strong young queen can survive a hard winter.  A healthy, large hive will have no trouble turning up the heat because of there size. Winter survival is all about healthy hives during the summer months, large number of bees and plenty of pollen and stored honey for the upcoming winter months. 
Cluster of winter bees under the inner cover.
 Buzzing Bees.

Guinea's, Ducks and Peafowl are all ready with cozy coops.

Even the older horses had their blankets put on and were given plenty of hay and water.
Figaro the cat has made his way into the warm office too!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year everyone! I can NOT believe it’s 2014. Time flies when you’re having fun… We have been busy with new and exciting plans for this coming year.   Stayed tuned for another post! We rang in the New Year with cocktails, lots of yummy treats and some quality family time. 

Cheers to another year of wonderful friends and customers who have supported us throughout the year.. We look forward to meeting many more and of course... blogging!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?