Category Archives: Honey

Close Hives : Differernt Honeys

I am labeling honey to take to the Seattle’s Ballard Farmers Market, where I have a booth every Sunday 10-3. When I got to the fabulous honey from my friend Mark at Northwest Queens, in Arlington, Washington, I realized I … Continue reading

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Beeswax Chews : (or the Big Bits Floating On Top Of Honey)

I started selling “beeswax chews” at Seattle’s Ballard Farmers’ Market.   After explaining what they were to customers, I thought – “hey, a new blog topic”. Now “Beeswax Chews” are what I’ve always called the big bits of wax that float … Continue reading

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Honey Foam : The White Stuff On Top

Honey foam may be one of the most surprising things about the appearance of raw honey.   It is often greeted with the words: “What’s that white stuff on top?” Regardless of the raw honey’s form, runny or crystallized, it may … Continue reading

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How Much Honey Per Hive?

“How much honey did you get this year?” is a questioned often asked by beekeepers of each other. “How much honey do you get per hive?” is a similar question asked by customers and folks contemplating going into beekeeping. The … Continue reading

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Extracting Honey : Fall 2013

In the last post I mentioned that I pulled about 35 boxes of honey this year.  Happily I was able to pull those on nice warm days.  The moment I finished, the rain pulled in.  But I was inside the … Continue reading

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Recipes for Infused Raw Honeys

I am very happy to say that our lavender raw infused honey and raw honey infused organic apple cider vinegars are in a wonderful new market : 21 Acres , in Bothell, Washington. 21 Acres is the kind of place … Continue reading

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Taxing Sugar – including honey – to keep us safe?

A recent article in February 2nd comment section of Nature magazine  has created quite a stir, and indeed set my mind to pondering. The authors point out that sugar, which includes honey, is toxic, if you eat a lot of … Continue reading

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USDA Organic Honey – What Does It Mean?

We have all seen the USDA certification symbol on some honeys.  But what does it really mean?  It can mean a lot, or it can mean nothing at all.  Confusing?  Yes.  And that’s the best term for honey labeled “organic”. … Continue reading

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A Tilting Extraction Stand : Or Getting That Last Bit of Honey Out

How the tilting honey-extractor stand, created by woodworker Ian Balsillie, helps us get the last drop of honey at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey in Maple Falls, Washington Continue reading

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Honey Dearth In Pacific Northwest : Rain, Bees, & Honey

Why so little honey was harvest in northwest Washington state this year: The effect of 2010-2011 rains on the honeybees and the honey harvest at Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey, in Maple Falls, Washington. Continue reading

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