About Our Hives
Our honey comes from the hives that I personally own and maintain using only organic methods. Our primary hives are located in Lynnwood, Washington in between my fruit trees and my raspberries. A greenbelt is behind our property, full of untouched blackberries. These hives will produce wildflower honey, which will consist primarily of blackberry honey during the summer, and knotweed honey in the fall. In early 2016 we added one hive to a piece of property in Stanwood, Washington through an agreement with the farmer that owns the land. He maintains 15 acres of organic fruit and nut trees, grapes, berries, and vegetable gardens. By April, the hive had already doubled in size and was split into two thriving colonies. We have not yet identified the primary type of honey that will be produced by these bees.
Our Honey Process
The way we process our honey is simple - we don't process it! We use a hot knife to cut the thin wax cappings off of the frames of honey. (This wax is saved for making soap, lip balm, etc.) Then we drain the honey from the comb using a "spinner", returning the frames of empty comb to the bees to clean and reuse. The honey is strained to remove any large pieces of debris, such as bits of wax, but it is never filtered, so all of the pollen remains in the honey. We then pour the honey into individual glass bottles. We never heat the honey, so it remains in it's natural raw, unpasteurized state.
We only take surplus honey from the bees. Some beekeepers will remove all of the honey from the hives and then feed the bees a sugar syrup to help them survive the winter. We don't think that's right. So we don't take any honey from the large "deep" box that they will fill up for themselves. Our honey only comes from a third, smaller "super" that we add on top of the hive.
How To Get It
Honey is usually available beginning in early summer, and it will be available until it sells out! The exact timing will vary from year to year, depending on the weather and how well the bees survived the previous winter. Our honey will be available at our booth at the Bothell Farmers Market and other events throughout the year. We will be at the Market every Friday beginning June 2nd through the entire month of September. Prices range from $9 for 1/2 pound jars, up to $23 for a full 2 pounds. We only use glass to bottle our honey. Can't make it to the Market? Contact me using the form at the bottom of the page and we can make other arrangements.