What is a lb of honey anyway? Convert lbs to Cups or Fluid Oz or mL

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Quite often, I am asked how many cups or fluid ounces (oz) are in a pound of honey? There is a lot of confusion, most of which is self inflicted, because the honey industry and I  have chosen to sell honey by the pound instead of fluid ounce or other fluid measurement unit that most liquid food is sold by. Maybe it is because honey is sold as a sweetener and competes with “dry” sweeteners like beet sugar and sugarcane. Who knows how...

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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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Best Harvest Ever!

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I am happy to report that we are having our best season ever.  Due to the dry weather, we harvested a little later than we usually do.  We had a lot of concerns related to the drought and how it would impact the girls and their output, but our worries were groundless as the first harvest of 2016 is the best we have ever had! Every year we look forward to our annual harvest get together ~ a day spent with family and friends, each contributing to...

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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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A Chilly Start to the Season!

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With beekeeping, you really never know what to expect!  Our honeybees did not fare very well over the winter and we had to replace nearly 80% of them this spring.  It was snowing on and off when I installed the relocated California girls in their new homes and released the queens.  It is amazing how adaptable this tropical insect can be. I am frequently asked how we get replacement honey bees.  We buy 3 pound packages of bees, complete with a...

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Another Harvest and New Beekeepers Join the Fun!

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We just completed our first harvest  of the season on June 27, 2015 and we are off to a good start!  This harvest was well under the numbers we had last year at this time, but we expect the bees will pick up production as the summer heats up.  All of the usual crew came out for harvest this year plus some new guests. Mike and Emalaine stopped by and helped out for a while.  Mike is thinking about getting some hives of his own and has been going...

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