Our 2017 Montpelier Farmer's Market Dates: August 12, August 26, September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14 and the Thanksgiving Market at the Montpelier H.S.
July 19, 2017: We're still waiting to pull our main mid-summer honey crop. The bees are finally enjoying a stretch of good weather and they're finally happy and working to build up their hive stores with honey. We'd be working against them of we were to begin pulling honey from the hives right now to satisfy our human timeline, so yup, more waiting for bulk buckets this year. It's going to be mid-august before we have them ready for pick up.
July 3rd, 2017: The Basswood or Linden trees are blooming! One of our favorite summer moments and certainly a favorite of the bees, as one of their most beloved nectar sources. We worship you, Grandma Linden. Thank you for your soothing, gentle love, beautiful smell and groovy vibe and for what you give us so graciously.
June 28th, 2017: No early summer honey crop this year. Sigh. The cold rainy weather kept the bees in the hive or out foraging for nectar-filled flowers that just weren't blooming. This means our first crop of 2017 will be the main mid-season honey crop.
May, 2017: This winter Bee Haven experienced a hive loss of about 30%. We'll take that these days. Though it's hard to accept the loss of any hives, this is the new reality in today's beekeeping world.
September 16, 2016: Last year saw a fall honey crop failure for the first time in many years here in New England. Bees and beekeepers waited with bated breath for a fall nectar flow that never came. Seems likely to have been the summer-long persistent drought. We managed a very small goldenrod, japanese knotweed and aster crop that had a citrusy- buttery aroma and a strong exotic flavor. Sometime extreme weather makes wonderful honey.
August 3rd, 2016: Bee Haven was blessed to have Mayan Elder Nana Wilma join us again this summer to bless our land and bees, leading a traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony. In Mayan culture bees represent the ancestors and its our obligation to love, care for and cherish them, as well as listen to their messages. Thank you, Nana Wilma and Circle of Women International, for your wisdom, courage and sharing.
Summer and Fall Season 2015: Bee Haven participated in the national USDA APHIS Honeybee Pests and Diseases Survey Project Plan along with apiaries in all other states, with testing occurring in a sampling of our 150 hives in a handful of our hive yards. "A decline in honeybee health has been documented for the last 60 years, " is how the study begins...