Bone Lake Meadows Apiary Blog

making the planet a better place one hive at a time.

honey update July 20, 2011

Filed under: summertime happenings — queen frederica @ 9:11 pm

Many of you have been asking about honey lately. I regret to inform you that we do not have honey yet. In a previous blog post I gave you a general idea of the process from nectar to honey. Our bees have been bringing in nectar for quite some time now but it is not ready to harvest. When it is you will definitely be reading about it here!

Many beekeepers are quick to pull honey when it is still not quite ready — this varies from person to person, though. Maybe it’s just me being a stubborn redhead, but I will never compromise quality of the way we manage our bees or the honey they create just so I can fill an order. My fellow Americans, not everything is plugged into this society of convenience.

Sorry, folks, if we were to pull honey now it would be like picking a tomato from the vine now. I don’t know about you, but my ‘maters are still green.

Watch this space for Bone Lake Meadows updates!!

hollyhock heaven down on Heritage Farm at the SSE conference & campout

 

July 10, 2011 July 10, 2011

Filed under: bees,summertime happenings — queen frederica @ 5:45 pm

 

nectar flows and honey June 17, 2011

Filed under: food sources,summertime happenings — queen frederica @ 7:16 am

This year has been up and down with the weather but it’s all coming together. Our hives that wintered over are doing well and full of nectar and bees. Below is a hive I am going to pull honey from for the fair this year:

June 11, 2011.

About 10 days ago was the black locust flow and I’m bummed that we don’t have any hives near those trees. I’d love to try some of the honey if anyone has some, hinthint. The basswood trees are going to be opening up next week up in our part of the state. I am looking forward to this because it’s one of my favorite honeys of.all.time!

basswood tree

I’ve also seen yellow sweet clover popping up around the metro. Get those supers ready!

yellow sweet clover

 

old news that you have to hear again October 21, 2010

Filed under: summertime happenings — queen frederica @ 6:04 pm

Alright, so I know (or hope) that you all know most of the stuff I am about to rant about in this blog. I know, it’s not brand new information. Some of you are probably annoyed with the fact that people are still allowing this to happen and that it’s getting worse. Most of you that read this blog probably are well aware and informed of this rant I’m about to embark on..so maybe share it with a friend who may not know.

The other day I went to the store with my mom to get a few things. As she was running around getting what she needed, I was finding any excuse to play with my new ipod and take pictures. Who knew that a grocery store would be such a fantastic place to take pictures!

Massive displays of  corn syrups, oils, canned food and chips. All crap that is terrible for you.  And what else do I see amongst the mass of crap?? Honey. Part of me didn’t feel so bad… until I noticed it said “Honey Flavored Syrup” on that cute little bear. I’m sorry, but bears don’t like high fructose corn syrup.

Honey flavored syrup? You can’t possibly imitate the flavor of honey — it is it’s own thing. [You know, like when people want to color their hair red: that doesn’t come in a box, darlin’!]  I can’t figure out why people would want to sell you corn syrup in a honey container. Isn’t that what Karo syrup is for? it.

I then read the ingredients. Talk about false advertisement. It’s packaging, coloring, and general representation looks just like you’d assume a bottle of honey to be. However, those sneaky turds word it just enough to trick you into thinking it really is honey. Again, this is old news because this happens to just about everything now. Why can’t companies sell high fructose corn syrup in their own bottle instead of adding it to everything? Oh, wait, that’s because people wouldn’t buy it.

Just this summer I started paying attention to all the honey laundering happening in the world today. It sounded too funny to me – honey laundering? Is that even real?? I mean, come on, seriously? And here this month, I find this junk for sale in the Midwest, pretty much the country’s largest honey producing region: FAIL.

 

I kind of want to try this stuff to see what it’s like but I already know it will be displeasing. Make sure to buy the real McCoy, whatever it may be.

 

 

9/11 September 8, 2010

Filed under: markets and events,summertime happenings — queen frederica @ 8:29 pm

It’s that time of year again:

But just remember: What happens in Scandia, stays in Scandia.

It’s harvest time..come get your honey!

(cool poster, yeah?)

 

ribbons n street cred September 1, 2010

Filed under: markets and events,summertime happenings,team awesome — queen frederica @ 1:43 am

Being the ambitious newbee I am, entering my honey in the fair sounded like a great idea. Extracting honey is always fun but it was even more fun the night we a went into my hive to get a super (box of honey) for the fair.  You have an idea of what kind of honey you will be getting from each hive and super but it’s not really official until you start uncapping..

dorking out.

Expecting a lighter spring honey, I  opened the spigot and watched a beautiful amber colored goodness flow out. This definitely wasn’t the clover our pallets are all so used to here in Minnesota- and it Rocked.My.World. I should expect nothing less from Queen Frederica and all her badassary out there in the most beautiful meadow…

5th place white honey, novice class

I didn’t realize the amount of work that went into entering honey at the fair. I used every piece of advice received: getting the correct jars, only using fully capped frames of honey, waiting a week to bottle, skimming the bubbles off the bottled honey, et cetera. However, I am proud to say that I did not heat my honey. Heating honey (for the fair) is recommended because it makes for a clearer, cleaner honey that doesn’t run the risk of crystalizing if temperatures drop. Yes, it looks prettier heated but also changes the flavor. Can’t say I’ve ever been one to conform so I’m not planning on starting now..not for the sake of a ribbon!

5th place light amber honey, Open class

People stop by the table at markets and ask me if the honey is good. Duh, obviously it’s fantastic! Or at least that’s what the judges said about the honey I entered at the state fair this year. Maybe now I will start saying that instead of the smartypants comments that are usually sent out…then again, maybe not..

Summer really has been a blast and this is another thing to remember it by. Thanks Mike for putting up with all my nit picky crap building up to this.. and my apologies in advance for next year ;)

 

advice August 5, 2010

Filed under: summertime happenings — queen frederica @ 5:29 pm

A wise man recently told me to:

“Always keep your hive tool sharp and check your zippers twice.”

You may find this helpful if you ever start keeping bees.