Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Honey honey honey....

In my last post, I showed a picture of my first hive that has just swarmed. To make a long story short, that swarm took off over I-94 and we were not able to capture it. We then split the hive and put in some new queen cells to hatch out ( the existing queen cup cells were taken out as we wanted to change the DNA and temperament of the hive) and when we checked last weekend the new queens were laying eggs! Lots of new babies and activity in both hives!
Yesterday we did out first extraction and it was a wonderful occasion for all of us as my nearly 4 year old got to wear his new bee suit and work with the extractor machine! I have been a strong believer in raising our bees using no chemical and applying biodynamic principles of beekeeping!
For those of you interested in finding out more about the story of "real" honey and what is available in the grocery stores, please clink on the following link, it is a real eyeopener!

Now that you have some local honey, here is a fast and delicious appetizer for you to try
Cut up some sourdough or french baguette, rub both side with garlic, and then toast lightly. Once toasted and cooled, cut some slices of goats cheese and place on the toasts, then lightly pour over some honey and some lavender blossoms, place under boiler for about 1 minutes, then serve on a bed of greens for an easy salad or by themselves as a light appetizer

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