Another Awesome Raw Honey Harvest With Friends and Family!

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Many of you know that Whitfield’s Raw Honey is part of a co-op of sorts in which five families pool their resources, and even friends, to achieve a successful harvest every year.  We help each other pull honey supers in the field and we purchase, and maintain, harvest equipment like our variable power supply Dadant 20 frame extractor. We have a blast getting together for food, fun and fellowship as we process thousands of pounds of...

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Ever wonder where we get our Honeybees?

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One of the most common questions we are asked is, “where do you get your bees?” Ours come from Olivarez Honey Bees or OHB in  Orland, California.  Orland is situated between Sacramento and Redding California on the I5.  The Olivarez family have been beekeeping for three generations and have a truly quality operation.  We have tried southern states honeybees and even local Michigan bees but have had the best experience with the...

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Spring Queen Inspection with Newbies

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This spring I had the pleasure of having my friend Dereck, and his 9 year old son Evan, join me for a queen inspection.  It is always fun to be able to show kids an active hive and see their eyes go wide as saucers when they are eye to eye with 30,000 – 50,000 honey bees! This inspection was to see if the queens I installed a few weeks ago were producing brood.  One of the things I look for is pollen being hauled into the hives.  This can...

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Clarkston Farmers’ Market Fun!

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Mia and I tried the Clarkston Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 11th.  It was brisk but sunny and sales were good.  Notice Mia’s blanket?  We found that the Clarkston Farmers’ Market is a great place to sell our honey.  It was surprising how well informed the market customers were about honeybees and raw honey.  Our special brand of raw honey was well appreciated and sales reflected it. Please join us again on October 18th,...

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Come Visit Us at the Clarkston Farmers’ Market and SAVE!

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Last weekend we visited the Clarkston Farmers’ Market and happily discovered that they need a new honey vendor.  We plan to join the other local farmers on Saturday, October 11th.  It has been years since we did a market because our honey sells out every year without this kind of marketing.  Fortunately, we had a record harvest this year and now we need to add a few more local customers.  The market is winding down for the year but there...

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Honey Harvest 2014 in Full Swing!

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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...

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