As our days get shorter and colder, our work in the beeyards in Massachusetts is nearing an end. It is enjoyable being in the beeyards this time of year with the smell of autumn, and flocks of geese in the sky heading south; as we will be doing in the coming weeks, rounding up some of our bees for the trip south to Georgia.
Our Massachusetts’ honey harvest was a very good crop overall, with Clethra being somewhat of a bust, despite having a good bloom during August, it just didn't secrete nectar. Basswood came on very heavy, and filled up supers quickly. We should have enough Comb Honey to get us into the New Year. We have just finished extracting supers full of Goldenrod and Aster honey harvested from some of our bees sent to New York. This new honey offering will soon be available at our on-line store under our BHC Northeast Harvest label. Due to the nectar source, this honey crystallizes very fast, and it has a fine, spreadable consistency. Although this is not local to us in Massachusetts, it is produced by our bees, and just like all of our other honey products, it is raw, unfiltered, and Kosher certified. I hope you will give it a try. (For more information about honey crystallization and other honey related topics visit the National Honey Board's Honey Reference Guide).
Within the colonies in Massachusetts, the queens are shutting down brood rearing, but once they hit the warmth of the Georgia sun, they will start laying eggs and the colony will have one to two cycles of brood before the south experiences some cold weather. During the winter down south, our crew will be busy building new hive boxes to house nucs (nucleus colonies), that we will be offering to hobby beekeepers, and related equipment for the spring season. In Massachusetts, our crew will continue to bottle and deliver our honey products to our retailers in the area, and filling our on-line retail orders as well.
November of every year marks the anniversary when we made the decision back in 2000 to pursue this passion full-time. Fourteen years living off the work of an amazing insect has given us strengths and perspectives that we are grateful for. We are working on several new projects that will allow us to meet more of our customers. It's been another great year doing what we love, and we're happy to share it with you in every jar.