7 responses

  1. Chris Inch
    July 3, 2012

    Mouth watering video. Love the golden shots at the beginning. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait till I get my first honey of 2012!

  2. Tonia Moxley
    July 5, 2012

    The comb is lovely. Just be aware that in harvesting frames that are less than 75 percent capped, your honey will have a much higher moisture content, and may not store as well. It could ferment, so eat fast!

    • Phillip
      July 5, 2012

      Yeah, this comb wasn’t ready to be harvested, but we didn’t care. Most of it will be gone by this weekend.

  3. Phillip
    August 8, 2012

    This year’s honey is different from last year’s honey. We’re not experts, but we can taste the difference between all our honeys now. The first honey from a single frame we harvested this year had an earthy flavour. Then pulled another frame a few weeks ago and the honey is lighter, the flavour mild. This past weekend we pulled a couple more frames and the honey is almost white. Turns out it’s fireweed honey — and it’s nothing like last year’s honey we got in the city. The city honey’s flavour was delicate but complex. Fireweed doesn’t grow much in the city, but it’s everywhere out in the country. The fireweed honey supposedly has a spicy highly prized flavour, but I can’t tell. It tastes like extremely mild honey to me. By the end of the month, we’ll be harvesting an entirely different type of honey, something with a combination of clover and golden rod I suspect. I’m not a big fan of pure golden rod honey, but mixed with other nectar sources, it shouldn’t be too bad.

  4. Phillip
    August 12, 2012

    The fire weed honey we’re getting this year does taste kind of spicy. Weird. But highly prized!

  5. Phillip
    August 23, 2012

    We’ve been harvesting 3 or 4 frames of honey every two or three weeks since July, and every batch of honey is different. The first batch of the year back in July had a deep earthy flavour. Then we had another batch that was light and very sweet. Then another batch that was nearly white (Fireweed honey, we suspect). Today we harvest some honey that’s darker than any honey we’ve seen so far. It’s not black dark, but it’s almost a bright red. We think it might be honey made from black huckleberry that looks like this and grows plentiful in Newfoundland:

    http://goo.gl/kifDN

    We’re not having a great beekeeping year, and our poor bees have been through so much, they’re not exactly on fire producing bucket loads of honey, but I sure do love them.

    We’re doing our best not to mix any of the honeys. We want to preserve the individual honeys of each hive, sometime each frame.

  6. Phillip
    July 14, 2013

    Our first honey of 2013, harvested from our hidden city hive, is so light, it seems virtually flavourless. It’s delicious, but it’s subtle, not the punch of earthiness we got from the hives on the farm last year.

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