Varietal Honey

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How does a beekeeper harvest varietal honey?  Once again just like wine, when you have a varietal honey it is from a single source. That means that blueberry honey is harvested from blueberry flowers, orange blossom honey from orange blossoms, … Continued

Honey Terrior

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Eating most honey is just plain yummy but my mission is to turn you into honey connoisseurs! Honey, like wine, has terrior.  There are lots of formal definitions of this but really they mean it has a sense of place. … Continued

Honey!

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We extracted honey over the weekend. There are lots of bears, glass jars and a few big jugs.  We love the  new extractor. It is shiny and works hard but is gentle to the wax on the frames.  I’ve had … Continued

New Toys

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We got a new extractor yesterday since our old one had a broken handle and often felt like it was going to shake apart on us. The new one from Maxant made right here in Massachusetts is a real thing … Continued

Record Losses

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This year is shaping up to be a record year of bee loss in this region. Many beekeepers have lost significant numbers of hives this winter and large numbers just in the last month. It may not be just here … Continued

Sign of spring

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I found this girl on my deck yesterday. It was a gorgeous day here in Massachusetts with temps in our yard just over 50′ and lots of sunshine. If you look carefully, on her hind leg what can we see … Continued

Snow Day

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Notice there are no dead bees at the entrance to this hive. If you look back two days on this blog you can see just how many bees there are inside those snazzy blue boxes. After any snow, you expect … Continued

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