The past couple of weekends we have been really busy harvesting our first crop of honey for 2014.   It seems that every year the timing and color of our crop is different.  The season’s late start due to the long, cold winter combined with a relatively cool and wet summer has given us a bumper honey crop, despite the heavy winter honey bee losses we experienced.  The honey is light colored and sweet.

When we harvest, it’s an all day event! I helped a couple of my friends get started in beekeeping and they invited a couple of friends to join and now we all gather at the “honey house” with our families to harvest and extract our honey.   Many hands make light work!

It takes a village...some of our beekeeping friends helping extract honey

It takes a village…some of our beekeeping friends helping extract honey

 

Our kids uncapping honey frames over the capping tank…I love it when they help out.

Mia, Paul, me and Ron extracting honey

Mia, Paul, me and Ron extracting honey

Paul and me...the honey house is at Paul's farm in Davisburg.

Paul and me working the extractor…the honey house is at Paul’s farm in Davisburg.  The motor gear-box is about ready to die…uh oh!

Kartik, another happy honey harvest recruit.  Kartik is inspecting the honey quality using a refractometer.

Kartik, a very helpful honey harvest recruit .  Kartik is busy inspecting the honey quality using a refractometer.  Ideal honey moisture content is around 18.5%.  This year’s crop averages 16.5%!  The honeybees and nature did a great job again this year.

What happens when the extractor motor breaks...recruit our neighbor Holly to help out. Thanks Holly, we owe you some honey!

What happens when the extractor motor breaks…recruit a willing neighbor to help turn the crank.  Thanks Holly, we owe you!  Hope you like honey.

honey extractor with fresh honey

All stainless steel honey extractor with 2014 honey crop as it passes through the stainless steel strainer.  The strainer removes bits of wax and other hive stuff that helps our honey look great in the jar.

Want some fresh honey?  Take a look at our products page and reserve yours now!  We sell out every year so don’t delay.  Remember, honey has a remarkably long shelf life so stock up.  Need help melting honey that has crystallized?  See my post “Don’t Wreck Your Honey,” for useful tips.

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