Our 2017 Montpelier Farmer's Market Dates: September16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14 and the Thanksgiving Market at the Montpelier H.S.
Pick up times for the fall honey crop begin Sunday, Oct. 1 and go through Sunday, Oct. 15th, any day, anytime between 9-5pm, during this two weeks, you can come and get your honey bucket.
Sept. 23rd, 2017: Smaller then normal crops for us this year. And no early season crop at all. The Basswood honey is sold out and we made just enough fall honey this year to meet the needs of our list customers. We are effectively sold out for this season. If anyone doesn't claim a bucket we'll post it on the home page of our website, so check back in mid-oct. if you're really jone-sing for a bucket of the golden good stuff and didn't get your order in. We want homes for all the honey!
Sept. 7, 2017: The fall honey crop is a beautiful blend of white aster, joe pye, japanese knotweed and goldenrod this year. Abundant and perfumed fall blossoms were noted all over the state and the bees enjoyed an unusually long and strong fall nectar flow this year that just ended this week. The summer is really over now, despite our lingering warm weather.
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 It's going to be mid-august before we have bulk buckets of this basswood crop ready for pick up.
July 3rd, 2017: The Basswood or Linden trees are blooming rich and gorgeously this year! Excited for some strong basswood honey as our main crop this year.
June 28th, 2017: No early summer honey crop this year. The cold rainy weather kept the bees in the hive or out foraging for nectar-filled flowers that just weren't blooming or had been washed out. This means our first crop of 2017 will be the main mid-season honey crop.
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...