August 21, 2010
We moved several hives to sesame a couple of weeks ago and they really seem to like it. They are doing good even with the heat. Remember last Christmas when we had all the snow and were complaining about the cold. Sure would like some of that cold now.
I started a facebook page for Cripple Creek but you will have to be a little patient with me because it always takes me awhile to figure out how to work something new. I am told that it will be a good (and easy) place to keep everyone updated on whats going on. We'll see.
If you saw us on Discover Oklahoma, keep checking back because I plan to upload pictures of our products next week. We have new labels coming and as soon as I get them I will take some pictures. I will also give a link to our facebook page, when I figure out how to do that. I know bees not computers so don't hold me to high of an electronic standard.
August 16, 2010
Discover Oklahoma got bumped by golf Saturday so our segment did not get aired. You can still watch it on Discover Oklahoma's web site. They may air it next Saturday.
July 27, 2010
I pulled some honey last week but the moisture content was to high. The humidity has been up so much that the bees are taking longer to dry the honey. I just keep adding boxes to the hives and when it is ready, I will start the harvest.
Discover Oklahoma was out last week to film a spot for the show. We put Shel Wagner in a bee suit and she was able to harvest a small amount of honey. She even got to extract, filter and bottle the honey she harvested. For a first timer, she did pretty good. Be sure and catch the show on August 14.
We now have our observation hive set up in the honey house so if you stop by you can watch the bees work.
Check out our pictures. I removed a hive on the side of a building in Guthrie last week. It was in downtown Guthrie and the only way to reach it was with the fire department's ladder truck. That was the most fun I have ever had removing a hive.
July 7, 2010
We are ready to harvest but the weather just won't cooperate. Every time we gear up to pull the honey it starts to rain. Most of our hives are in locations that have to dry out a few days before we can get to them with the truck. They are still bringing in honey so things still look good.
As soon as we pull the honey we are going to move several hives to new crops that are starting to bloom over the next several weeks. We want to keep the girls busy.
It is great to watch the progress these bees are making this summer. They have already gone beyond what I had hoped they would do this summer. They are so fascinating to watch and they make such a great product. What a great business to be in.
June 24, 2010
Not much going on this last week except the heat. Where was all this heat when I was complaining about the cold last winter? The bees are just piling on the honey. That's what we love to see. We should be able to start pulling honey next week if they get it capped. We wait until its capped because that tells us that the bees have dropped the moisture in the honey to the perfect level. If the moisture is to high, the honey could ferment so its better if we are just patient and let the bees do their jobs.
June 16, 2010
Whoa, that was a lot of rain. We were really concerned because we had 24 hives that were along the river north of us and I was sure they got hit by the flood. We finally made it down to check on them yesterday evening and they were all there and doing great. The water got really close but we dodged that bullet. These were 24 of the packages that we brought back from California this spring and they have worked so hard to drawn out 2 boxes of comb and they are putting on a lot of honey. It would have been really bad to lose them.
We were in the yards Sunday to check the hives before the rain started. The bees are doing so good that we had to add several boxes so they would have more room. The more boxes we add, the more honey we get later. We will be moving the hives again to another crop but before we do that we will harvest the honey they have made so far. That will probably take place in the next week or so.
I have added a few new pictures so make sure you check them out.
I will try to figure out how to archive the older postings here and on the picture pages but haven't figured it out yet. An old dog can learn new tricks but it sometimes takes a little longer.
June 7, 2010
All right, I did it check out the photos under pictures and videos. I guess an old dog can learn something new.
Wow, it was hot last week and we were in our suits going through the hives. All the bees look great and are very busy bringing in the honey. It was so nice to open the hives and see all that new comb being created by the bees. It just looks like a more hospitable environment for the bees. It really hurt getting rid of all the old stuff but I think time will prove it to be the right decision. I wouldn't have wanted to live in a box with that old comb if I were a bee.
We have several hives on vetch and they sure seem to like it. They were so busy they hardly noticed us as we went through the hives. I was surprised at how fast they were filling the hives with honey. I think we will try to keep vetch as a must have nectar stop.
Everyone seems to like our new whipped honey so we will make it a standard at the market. We are also working on our chocolate covered mint. It's made with our creamed honey and covered with unsweetened dark chocolate. We are still fine tuning it (but its already pretty goooood). Its really rough having to taste all these new products but I am up to the task. Treasa said we could get someone to help with that but I don't want to burden anyone else with a product that has not been perfected. So I will just grin and bear it.
We have finished our new logo and are now using it to design new labels. Keep watching for our new look.
May 24, 2010
Hello everyone. We have had a very busy spring this year. We went to California and picked up a load of package bees and brought them back and put them to work. We actually took our van and loaded all the packages in there. Everyone thought we were crazy for doing that and we got some pretty strange looks as we went by people and they saw bees crawling all over the windows. Well crazy or not we got all the packages back alive. If I can figure out how to upload the pictures, I will post them so you can see how full the van was with bees.
We have taken a new approach this year by replacing all of our old equipment and starting over with new foundation so the bees can draw all new comb. We have been following some research that indicates old comb in the hives is holding all kinds of residues that we would rather not have in our hives. It is our hope that this will help us maintain healthier hives.
We are working with a design company to improve and update our logo and our web page. Hopefully when this is complete it will be more user friendly. Believe me, when it comes to this stuff I need it as easy as possible.
We have had the bees on canola this spring and are moving them off this week. Some of them will move to vetch and some will move to other nectar crops. We are trying to keep the girls busy this summer by moving them from crop to crop as they bloom.
Currently available for purchase: Raw Oklahoma Honey, Natural Creamed Honey, Cinnamon Creamed Honey, Flavored Honey Sticks, Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles, Beeswax Bars, Bee Pollen, Whipped Honey (our version of marshmallow creme), Hot Honey, Lotion Bars and a non-toxic Wood preserver. We will also be testing other new products throughout the summer so keep checking back with us.
We are currently at the Edmond Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings so come by and see us or give us a call at (405) 590-2562 and come by the farm.