{Honey Harvest}

Monday, June 24, 2013

Last weekend was the first honey harvest at the Harvest House.
Talk about a memorable day!
We extracted 5 frames from one of our shallow supers and got over 2 gallons of raw clover honey.
Our friend Paul taught us how to do this without using machines or drums -
a simple kitchen knife, cookie sheet, and a 5 gallon bucket was all we needed.
In the process Molls endured two bee stings and I lost 5lbs of sweat in my Carhartts.
These were good trades considering we now have enough honey to make
homemade honey lavender ice cream for the whole neighborhood.
Currently our liquid gold is sitting outside under a tree so the wax can float to the top.
Soon it will be ready for lip balm and moustache wax making.
Have I mentioned how much we love keeping bees?
Happy Monday, brave ones.

"His labor is a chant,
 His idleness a tune;
 Oh, for a bee's experience
; Of clovers and of noon!"
-Emily Dickinson


Holly Bierly Young said...

Just wanted to stop by and say how much I love reading your blog. I have often wondered about keeping bees, but I'm terrified of getting stung. I need some Harvest House Bravery. :)

We recently had an Exotic Grocery Store open up that sells "local" honey. It's the best.

Enjoy it in good weather and good health! :)

Anonymous said...

Seriously, so awesome! Let me know if you end up selling any this year. Chad and I love us some local honey.

Emily J. Stivers - Oh Happy Roar said...

Lovely recap! The quote at the end made me think of another Dickinson quote...which I am sure you have heard before!

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,—
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

Whitney Neal said...

I love watching the process! So inspiring, Em!

Marie Rayma said...

Thanks for the link to my lip balm recipe :D I am so jealous that you have bees! Someday, sigh. I just found the most wonderful supplier of raw honey and deliciously honey scented beeswax, so I suppose that will have to do for now ;) Enjoy your honey!

Jen said...

Very cool that you found a way to harvest without extra equipment - keeping it simple. That raw honey makes my mouth water!

Mary said...

I think this calls for a phrase I've seen you use frequently on the blog: "you are so brave!" Seriously, taking on bees is serious (and tasty) business.

Lissa said...

Oh Brave ONE !! Sounds so delicious. Enjoy the fruits of everyone's labor.


pollen arts said...

Awesome that you guys are keeping bees !!!! If you ever wanted to send us some raw wax, we could make you us some special candles free of charge ; )



Pollen Arts

Today's Letters said...

p&j, yes, yes, and yes! i'll connect with you through email / fb to get your addy. bottlings some of our honey tonight :) xoxo

brlracincwgrl said...

So amazing! I helped keep bees last year and extract honey, however we had a machine. I love that you did it so simply! And I'm intrigued to learn more about that process! Enjoy the delicious honey!

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