Our 2018 Season begins on July 1st. We'll be open at our home shop on Sunday afternoons from 1-4 pm through Thanksgiving. We are no longer vending at the Montpelier Farmer's Market.
Oct. 18th, 2017: Our annual visit from students of Montpelier's Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism inspires us each fall with all there is to learn. We are inspired by the energy of student healers determined to help the world be a better place. Thanks for all you do in our community, VCIH.
An overall of the 2017 season: There was no early summer crop at all and a much smaller then normal mid-season, pure basswood crop that was super minty this year, like pure basswood honey is. Can you hear me sighing with love? The fall crop was late but really special. Unusually abundant fall aster and joe pye blossoms were noted all over the state this year in a much later then normal fall nectar flow that stretched into October, making an exquisite floral honey, decidedly outside the flavor norm for usual Vermont honeys and tasting a bit more like a tropical honey. Cool! Another special note on the fall honeys is how they often distinctively crystallize into a beautiful velvety texture like a whipped butter cream. The earlier summer season honey crops tend to crystallize with a grainy, or yes, crystally texture to them. The fall honeys often end up with that silky cream texture all on their own - no manipulation needed. Pretty special.
July 19, 2017: We're still waiting to pull our main mid-summer honey crop. This is quite late but the bees are finally enjoying a stretch of good weather and we won't deny them this moment of the peaking summer nectar energies. It does mean it'll be mid-august before bulk buckets of the basswood honey are ready for pick up.
July 3rd, 2017: The Basswood/Linden trees ARE blooming lusciously this year! Be still, my Linden loving heart.
June 28th, 2017: No early summer honey crop this year. Weird. Weather and rainfall patterns definitely affected spring blooms in some discouraging ways and it meant there just wasn't enough ample nectar over a stretched out time period for the bees to do more then feed themselves with. Hang in there little winged ladies. Something luscious will come. This means our first crop of 2017 will be the main mid-season crop. ??? Hoping these late June rains make a great Basswood bloom. That would keep us all happy at Bee Haven - human and apis mellifera.
September 16, 2016: A fall honey crop failure for the first time in many years here in New England. The hives managed a very small crop w/ a a lovely citrus-butter flavor, proving that 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 lead a traditional Mayan Fire Ceremony. Thank you, Nana Wilma and Circle of Women International, for your wisdom, courage and sharing.