After a cold and drizzling beginning to July which delayed us a few week, and ‘thanks’ to the hot weather, we got around to extracting honey and bringing in nearly 55 lbs in just under two hours! From what I heard, this is only about 1/3 of the what’s still in the beehives. Sweet!
In anticipation of this year’s (increased) honey harvest Justin invested in stainless steel hand cranked extractor and boy, is it a beauty!
The honey this year taste incredible – one tasted a subtle mixture of herbs almost vanilla like in flavor. Another honey batch tasted like orange blossoms.
“According to the Honey Association, the average honey bee will actually make only one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. How much honey can one bee hive produce? One good hive could produce 60 pounds of honey in a good season. An average hive, however, produces 20-30 pounds of surplus honey.”
Update: today we harvested another 26 lbs (give or take a couple dozen licks) in about an hour.
2010 Honey Harvest: 81+ lbs
Oh and we are selling our surplus HOMESTEAD HONEY (raw, lightly filtered and unheated) at DerVaes Gardens!