Monday, October 12, 2015

The Modest Fall Harvest

There is nothing in this world like tasting the first spoonful of honey from your very own beehive. Nothing can compare to that heavy, golden sweetness of your own personal, local, raw honey. It's an experience I wish everyone could have... similar to biting into the first vegetable you ever grew or wearing the first dress you ever made. There's just something- otherworldly- about these moments. To me, they're everything that's authentic and real and lovely in this life.

This weekend was my first fall honey harvest. Wanting to leave my bees every advantage this winter, I left them all but one bulging frame of honey. They'll live off those honey stores until the earth begins blooming again in the spring, so my "harvest" was modest, to say the least.

But oh, the quality of that harvest! I used the (old fashioned) crush and strain method to extract that gorgeous honey (also called the jar to jar method), and yielded over 2 pints of honey from that single frame. Two pints! The goal here was to filter the raw honey without heating it, thereby keeping it in its purest, most unadulterated form. This morning, I rendered the beeswax so I can begin making balms. Oh man. The quality of this honey and wax is... like nothing I've ever tasted or seen. This is real. This is authentic. This is pure

I'm hooked for life.

If you've ever wanted to get into beekeeping, I encourage you: do it. Don't put it off! If bees aren't your thing, please, I encourage you: support your local beekeeper. Plant bee friendly plants. Buy local, raw honey. 

Here's to many more fall honey harvests! Wishing you a sweet Monday. 


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Congratulations ~ It looks wonderful.


Terri Steffes said...

My grandpa used to tell me that a teaspoon of local honey daily kept the colds away. I don't know if it is true, but who wouldn't want to have a teaspoon of honey every day?

Kathleen Grace said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to keep bees! Unfortunately, I am seriously allergic and it just seems like a bad idea. I do buy local raw honey, it is so much better than the store bought honey, and good for allergies. I am so excited for you!

Betty said...

Great job Brin! I love honey but a good beekeeper I would not make..too scared of bees:)

Jen Kershner said...

Such a lovely idea, keeping bees but I think I will stick to supporting others that do it instead. Lovely to watch what you are doing though!

Sherry said...

ohh my yUm.
2 things:
1) we have a neighbor that uses his backyard to "make honey."
his employees number in the thousands - millions? last year
he gave us a small jar of honey from his hives. incredible.
2) a vintage trailer friend of ours in another county of NorCal
is a bee*keeper. at the last rally which i organized, he and
his wife gifted us with a jar of their honey, as a thank you.
more incredibleness. :)