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My son is in Spokane WA AF Base at Fairchild I will be visiting him thus Christmas and wanted to bring him some honey from our local growers here in Savannah GA but no one seems to respond to my calls so I decided to seek a location in his home state! I would like to know if you could ship to his address in Spokane I would be interested in the Buckwheat honey the pint size possibly two please advise if this is possible thank you! Amy Bowden
Hi Amy. Yes, I can ship 2 1-pound jars of Buckwheat honey to your son. I’ll email you directly with details (but if you don’t get that email, email me: Bean@PacificNorthwestHoney.com – the internet void sometimes captures things). It’s a shame, no GA beekeepers are calling you back.
My wife and I are looking for as local as possible (which we were advised to do) raw honey for a healthier diet and for medicimal purposes combined with cinamon. Do you have that honey and or can you recomend someone. We live in Federal Way WA. You are welcome to email or you can call at 253-230-2678.
Hi Jerry – We no longer make cinnamon infused honey. There was no demand. However, it’s not that hard to make. I’ll email you.
Hi. My name is Gunnar, and i just moved to a farm where we have cow, sheep, and soon chickens. I LOVE bees (bumblebees, honeybees… etc) and i thought that a great addition would be a small honey bee hive. A school is having a summer beekeeping program during the summer and i wanted to know what i might need to start my own beehive. i do a lot of gardening and have plenty of flowers and plants, as well as a large pond and plenty of space for them to roam around. I have a place i can put a bee box, but i need to know whether or not you need a license to bee-keep for yourself and your family. Thanks!
Hi Gunnar – I sent you an email with a bunch of details – if you did not get it, please write again.
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Thank you – I’m glad that find the blog useful – but remember, this is just my way of keeping bees. Beekeeping is local and personal.
Hi! I’m curious how I could get my father a gift of a home bees hive? He lives in Port Angeles, WA on a good amount of land, he’s always wanted to get bees for pollinating the orchard and garden! Any idea’s where to get a good starter hive?
Hi Kerri – Unless your father has expressed a deep (and I mean deep and committed) interest in honeybees, DO NOT BUY HONEYBEES. Don’t get me wrong. I think home hives are great, but no one should get honeybees or a hive without first joining their local bee group, talking to local beekeepers there and seeing hives. My suggestions: 1) Get him a membership in the local club East Jefferson Beekeepers Association http://ejbees.org/ and write out a nice homemade “gift certificate” – in case he decides that he really wants to partake in the challenges of beekeeping. 2) If you really want to buy some bees, buy a mason bee box (native bee) and some mason bees – except one buys the latter in December… But you could give him a gift certificate… Again, beekeeping is fun, but very challenging. Hope that helps.
Looks like you have some fantastic products here. Just wondering if you could clarify what the difference between regular honey and ‘raw’ honey is? Is it just the amount of treatment and additives? Thanks,
“Regular” honey is processed. It is filtered, removing the pollen, propolis, and bits of bees wax. The pollen and propolis are good for you. It is also heated over 120F – the moment honey goes over 120F all the goodness in it is gone: proteins, amino acids, enzymes – all are destroyed. Best to keep honey no warmer than 100F if you want all that good stuff. In short raw honey is unheated, unfiltered honey. “Regular” honey is heated and filtered. The issues of treatment remain with both. Many raw honey vendors have hives in which they use hard chemicals and antibiotics in the hives. If these are used in the hives, they are in the honey. We run naturally treated (I use essential oils 2X a year), antibiotic-free hives. In my humble opinion, one should always seek out raw honey from naturally treated (or no-treatment), antibiotic-free hives. Hope that helps.
I saw local raw honey advertising that it was filtered at 200 microns. Is that too much filtering, in your opinion?
That seems really small – like they’re filtering out a lot, if I’m reading this right. A micron is one millionth of a meter, which would be really really tiny openings, even at 200 microns it would be really tiny. So I would think that system is getting a bit over the top. I don’t filter at all, but some folks I know use wide mesh. I figure folks would rather chew a little beeswax and have all the good stuff.
I just had some Raspberry Wildflower raw honey that I purchased at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market. Delicious!
I’m glad you like it – I think it’s fabulous. That’s from the hives of Ron and LaVonne Babcock, Beekeepers (yep that’s the company name), in Arlington. He’s a wonderful beekeeper and had helped educate many of the successful beekeepers in WA Puget Sound area.
Hello I live in spokane wa and would like to know where I can buy new pollen? I hear its really healthy to eat
I don’t know. I get asked alot about where people can find bee pollen, but I know no one who’s collecting it. In my humble opinion, you can get a lot of that goodness out of eating raw honey (unfiltered, unheated). The pollen in the raw honey has is no longer in it’s silica shell (as it is on the flower), and is easier to digest than collected pollen. But if you find someone who is collecting and selling pollen in your area, please let me know.
I live in spokane wa and we found not sure what you would call it but a bunch of honey bees seem
To have made a home in a rock pile by our house. We are looking to have someone come remove and take them your website popped up on google…do you have any ideas for us?
The Inland Empire Beekeeping Association looks to be the folks in your area. The following link takes you to their swarm removal page: http://inlandbeemail.com/index.php/swarm-removal-mainmenu-46 That says you can email them at: mail to Swarms@inlandbeemail.com Then it says: you can also call the Spokane Master Gardeners at the County Extension office (509) 477-2048 to report the swarm. Are you sure they’re honey bees? In a rock pile? Usually we get ground wasps in rock piles here on the west side. But who knows. Call the folks above, I’m sure they’ll help. Good luck with it.
Spokane has 2 clubs – Inland Empire Beekeepers Association and the West Plains Beekeepers Association. Both have lists of swarm catchers on their web site.
Good to know – I’m a long way away and just did a fast google search — thank you
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Do you have a facebook site? Also , do you have fire bush honey or know of anyone that does?
Yes facebook is Brookfield Farm Bees And Honey (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brookfield-Farm-Bees-Honey/355478946526?ref=ts is what is at the top – the internet confuses me). I bet you’re talking about what we call fireweed here. There is lots of fireweed in my honey, but it’s not pure fireweed. No one I know has said “hey I got fireweed this year” – it’s a hard one to find pure stands of, and hard to get the bees to work in WA for some reason. Try the Honey Board’s honey locator – in Alaska they have fireweed.
How do I go about, getting hold of you for purchase of honey, Marion
In case my email didn’t make it (the internet confuses me at times) just email me: Bean@PacificNorthwestHoney.com. Seattle: Sunday Fremont Market; Bellingham & Everson Free Delivery; plus I ship in US
I live in southwestern Washington
I hope I already answered you, but things have been crazed so I’m not sure. But the quick answer – because you’re not up here in the Whatcom/Skagit area is to get a hold of your local bee association http://wasba.org/local-beekeeping-organizations/ because the folks in the group will know your local sources for packages and equipment (often good deals too….) and lots of advice, some good, some bad…It’s late to order packages, but you never know. If you want to drive north, Hank at Belleville Honey usually has packages in April (go for the dark bees) :(360) 757-1073 bellevillebees.com … but call, he may have them all committed to other folks by now
From what I understand, eating honey that was produced in the autumn is best for those who have spring allergies, which I have. Do you sell autumn-produced raw honey by chance? If not, are there any washington state locals who do?
Thanks so much.
Ahhh, I wrote this brilliant reply and didn’t hit the right button (me and the net, we tolerate each other) The Idea that you’re starting with sounds odd and incorrect. Let’s start with the idea that eating raw, local honey can help with allergies. I think it does and it seems to work for lots of folks, but I’m not a doctor. Anyway: The idea behind eating raw honey for allergies is that you’re eating bee bread (pollen) and propolis (sap) of the plants you’re allergic to. By eating a bit of them, you build up a resistance. If you were allergic to a spring plant (say Cottonwood around here) and you at honey that was an exclusive fall harvest (say Fireweed around here) you would not be eating the pollen/sap of the tree that gives you allergies. So, you need to eat raw honey from supers (bee boxes) that were on the hive at the time the plant to which you’re allergic was in flower. Happily many beekeepers have a once a year fall harvest, where you get a bit of all the flowers and trees that the bees went to in the honey year. Hope that makes sense.
This is probably a dumb question but why does honey sugar and what is the best way to melt it?
Not a dumb question, but I’d send you over to: http://pacificnorthwesthoney.com/why-does-honey-crystallize/ (or just put crystal into the home page search box). The short answer is that it is the natural state that honey wants to achieve after leaving the 92Fto100F hive. Honey can crystallize in a hive too – then the bees move over it, warm it, eat it. How fast it crystalizes depends on the floral source (see web page). You can stall it a bit by keeping the honey 1) in a glass container (less porus to air and water) and 2) putting it on a high shelf in the kitchen, usually the warmest place in the house. Oh, we web page will explain warming honey – but don’t go over 120F if you want to keep it raw. Hope that helps.
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Brookfield Farm Beekeeper Karen Bean