We've got bulk buckets available. Come Sunday afternoons from 1-4 pm.
Sunday, August 12: We have plenty of one and five gallon buckets ready for pick up at our place. One gallons are $72 this year and five gallons are $255. Bring cash or a check and get some of the 2018 goodness the winged ones worked so hard for. We'll post here when they're gone and we'll also keep our home phone message machine up to date with bucket availability so you don't need to make a wasted trip.
August 2: It's happening. We're extracting honey now. It's a bright yellow colored complex, floral-unfolding-in-your-mouth honey our friend fearn called 'gentle'. sigh. it's quite different from our usual mid-summer Basswood honeys of the past, thanks to this summer's drought. We'll post here when we have bulk buckets ready. We know folks are excited to get honey'ed up.
July, 2018: The last dry months were tough on the bees, and a whole lot of plants and creatures for that matter, but bee specifically, there wasn't much of a prolonged nectar flow due to the scant rainfall amounts. This means not nearly as many flowers around and those that were weren't juicy with nectar as they generally are. A good nectar flow is a period of time when ample blossoms filled with nectar are peaking for the bees to collect from. They generally take place several times in a good beekeeping season and its in these periods when the bees really put up their honey crops. Think rain!
Spring 2018: We made some decisions to slow down at Bee Haven this past winter and we need to change things up to allow this to happen. It's time to ease the burden of the physical work of beekeeping and gardening to give our aging bodies a break. This also means our hives can go take a break from the peak production they've been relied on for many years. From now on, we'll only be taking a crop from our hives when they put up a large surplus of honey. This will mean we're making a lot less honey overall and we need to prepare for this. It means we'll no longer be vending the Montpelier Farmer's Market or taking pre-orders or reserving for our bulk buckets. From now on, they'll be sold on a first come, first serve basis from our farm on Sunday afternoons only, from 1-4 pm, when we have them.
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.
The 2017 season crops were a pure July classic minty basswood and an unusual floral, exotic fall honey from October. There was no early summer crop at all and a much smaller then normal mid-season, pure basswood crop. It had the super minty pure basswood honey taste I love. Can you hear me sighing with love? The fall crop was late but really special. Unusually abundant fall blossoms were noted all over the state and a later then normal fall nectar flow stretched well into October, making an exquisite floral honey, decidedly outside the flavor norm for usual Vermont fall honeys.
Is it Creamed??? Customers often ask us how we cream our honey. It ain't creamed, folks, it's natural raw honey left to its own devices. Commercial creamed honey is whipped to achieve its texture. We leave our honeys to crystallize naturally with no whipping or creaming additives. Each honey crop achieves its own crystallized texture based on the unique nectar sources its derived from. Honey crops taken in the first part of the summer TEND to crystallize with a grainy or crunchy texture. Fall honeys often distinctively crystallize into a velvety texture like a whipped butter cream frosting or silk. Bees and honey are truly endlessly interesting.
July 3rd, 2017: The Basswood/Linden trees ARE blooming lusciously this year! Be still, my Linden loving heart.