We were thrilled this year to keep beehives at the Tewksbury Public Library, with the express purpose of donating honey to the Tewksbury Food Pantry… We’re all poured and ready to deliver 200 jars of honey to the Pantry this week for the December baskets!
We sent our honey off to San Francisco in September for the blind taste testing, and are thrilled to be among the list of finalists in the Honey category. From the press release… “Representing 14 categories and 38 states, all Finalists rose to the top in a blind tasting of the 2,059 entries from nearly every state and passed a rigorous vetting to confirm they met specific Good Food Awards standards around environmentally sound agriculture practices, good animal husbandry, sourcing transparency and responsible relationships throughout the supply chain.”
Wish us luck!
PS… We have some upcoming markets, so you can taste for yourselves!! Come see us at the Thanksgiving Market in Winchester this Saturday, and the Salem Winter Farmers Market in Salem, NH on Sunday!
Where’s the honey this week?
This is the last week for our regular Farmers Markets!
Winchester Farmers Market, Saturday from 9:30-1:30
Salem, NH Farmers Market, Sunday from 10-2
Saturday, we’re also going to be at the Tewksbury Applefest from 9-3, we’re so excited about this event, there will be lots of vendors, and your perfect start to holiday shopping!!
Looking for our beautiful honey? We have some wonderful extra special events coming up in October!
Of course, we have our markets! The outdoor market season is starting to wind down, but there’s a few weeks left…
Monday 3-dusk, Billerica Farmers Market
Thursday 2-6:30, Chelmsford Farmers Market (We haven’t been able to attend since school started because we just can’t get there with the school schedules, but are REALLY hoping to be there for the last market).
Saturday 9:30-1:30 Winchester Farmers Market
Sunday 10-2 Salem, NH Farmers Market**
**We’ll also be participating in the Salem Winter Market… Stay tuned for dates and details!!
We’re very excited to announce the addition of one more market to our schedule!! Starting this week, we’ll be at the Winchester Farmers Market every Saturday! The market runs from 9:30-1:30 on Saturday mornings… There’s easy parking nearby, and lots of wonderful vendors!! Hope you’ll come see us!!
Our full market schedule for the upcoming week:
Thursday 2-6:30 Chelmsford Farmers Market
Saturday 9:30-1:30 Winchester Farmers Market
Sunday 10-2 Salem, NH Farmers Market
Monday 3-7 Billerica Farmers Market
Don’t forget, if you can’t get the markets, you can find our honey at Mirabella’s Bakery in Tewksbury, and Elia’s Country Store in Wilmington!! Both have amazing treats, plus our beautiful honey! Check them out!!
This week in the hives…
Late July is generally a dearth here in the northeast. There’s not a lot of nectar and pollen to be had, and it’s hot and dry. We only check on the hives about every 2 weeks during the dearth so that we disturb them as little as possible. Bees can be extra defensive when there’s not a lot for them to forage on. We did check on them this past weekend, it was a nice day, and the bees were pretty docile (we always use smoke to distract any guard bees). Check out this beautiful brood pattern from one of our hives! The bottom 2 boxes of the hive are “brood.” That’s where the queen lays eggs and makes more bees. The pattern should look sort of “rainbow” like… The very top and corners is capped honey, surrounded in an arc by pollen (these will be fed to the eggs, larva and emerging bees). that middle area arc is the brood. Capped brood is covered pupa that will emerge into bees, and if you zoom in, the uncapped areas have larva in them in various stages. When we open a hive to check on its health, we’re not necessarily looking for the queen… Mid-summer a healthy hive can have 60,000-80,000 bees in it… We’re not looking for one bee!! What we are looking for is evidence of the queen, and here we saw eggs and <4 day old larvae, so we know she’s in there somewhere! Time to close that hive back up and move on to the next one!
We’re thrilled to announce 2 more places to find our honey!! Starting this Sunday (July 17) we’ll be vending EVERY WEEK at the Salem, NH Farmers Market!! Sunday’s from 10-2 you’ll find us there, check them out on Facebook!! Or, click the image below to go to their website.
Also!! If you miss us on Sundays in Salem, or every other Monday in Billerica… Starting this coming week you’ll now be able to purchase our 8 oz. jars of beautiful honey at Mirabella’s Bakery in Tewksbury!! We LOVE Mirabella’s and hope you’ll pick up some of our honey while your there getting tasty treats!!
I’ve updated the Etsy store to include our Orange Blossom Honey, and updated the images so that they have our beautiful new labels!! We’ll also be at the Tewksbury Public Library this Thursday, and the Billerica Farmers Market a week from Monday!! Come see us and taste the Orange! Remember if you’re local and can’t get to the Market, you can order through Etsy and just contact me to arrange pickup/delivery!