|Q: How is our honey available?
|A: Our honey is available in two ways:
Raw which is a solid state, it's a smooth, spread-able consistency with a fine crystal. The crystallization of the fall honey is a natural process. The sugar in this nectar is more unstable then other nectars therefore it wants to crystallize sooner. This honey is from our areas goldenrod and aster flowers, which bloom September through October. This honey is not heated or strained we just allow the wax to settle to the top. Raw honey can be liquefied by gentle warming or used just as it is. At times this raw honey in the solid form may be harder then another years raw honey. This happens because the bees visited more of the aster flowers that were in bloom during that year. The aster flower's nectar produces a harder form of honey when it crystallizes. The aster is one of the last flowers to bloom and they can survive in the cooler weather giving the bees the last little bit of nectar to make honey from.
Our pour-able (liquid) honey has been heated and strained to slow the crystallization process and keep it in a pour-able state. It can be a summer wild flower mix or the golden rod, aster fall honey.
The honey is warmed, strained and bottled without exposure to high heat or high pressure filtration.
When this honey crystallizes it can be re-liquefied by gentle warming.
|Q: How is the flavor or texture of honey determined?
|A: The bees determine the flavor, texture, color and crystallization of the honey by which flowers they visit.
|Q: What can effect the amount of nectar in a blossom?
|A: Weather determines the amount of nectar in the blossom. To dry of a season and there will not be much nectar for the bees to gather. Too much rain and the nectar will be diluted. Rainy or cool weather keeps the bees in the hive and they can miss a nectar flow when the flowers bloom while they stay in the hive.
|Q: What causes foam to rise to the top of a jar and what does it mean?
|A: Air bubbles can rise to the top of a jar of honey and cause an accumulation of foam on the top of the jar. It is harmless and doesn't effect the flavor or quality of the honey.
|Q: Are there any additives in your honey?
|A: Our honey is 100% pure and natural. It is made entirely by honeybees from flower nectars. No ingredients are added by humans.
|Q: Is it possible to substitute honey for sugar?
|A: Yes, go to Honey.com to learn how to substitute honey for sugar in cooking. This site will also give you recipes and more information on varieties of honey types.
#1. Q: Have you ever been bit by a bee?
A: No we've never been "bit" by a bee. They use the other end and sting!
#2. Q: Do you get stung when you work with bees?
A: Yes, we get stung every time we work with our bees. And yes it still hurts!
#3. Q: Do your bees recognize you as their master?
A: No, the bees don't know or recognize us as their master beekeeper. They would sting us just as fast as they would sting you if you worked our bees with us.
#4. Q: Do bees fly south for the winter?
A: No, our bees don't fly south on their own accord like the geese. We transport them in their hive on our trucks or tractor trailers. For the most part they stay in their hive as they travel down the road. It's a different story when we stop for fuel, then they like to check out the local floral sources! Actually the hives are all covered with big nets that surround the bed of the truck. Load bars and straps keep everything in place.
#5. Q: Do you catch your bees and return them to their hives?
No, we don't run around with butterfly nets catching our bees. The bees know their own hives. You have heard the saying "home is where my honey is!" The reason they know is because the queen gives off special pheromones that mark the hive and the bees in it. By the scent of the hive and orientating to the surroundings of the hive is the way honey bees know which hive they belong to.
#6. Q: Are the bees flat after you squeeze the honey out of them?
A: No, the bees aren't flat after we squeeze them to get the honey out. Read how honey is made. When we harvest honey the seal or cap on the honey comb is opened by the uncapping machine. The frame of honey is then put in the extractor which spins like your washing machine on the rinse/spin cycle. The honey is spun out of the honey cells and drains into a holding tank.
Other questions: Do you take email or online orders?
We do not at this time take email or online orders for honey or honey bee nucs because we're too busy being beekeepers. The phone is handier for us. But we do appreciate your orders!
We also sell bees wax in three sizes.
Click here for a list of local sources where you can buy our honey