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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Metro Atlanta Beekeepers' Honey Contest


Tonight was the annual Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association honey contest and party. The food was great. I took a beehive cake like I'd made for my book club last year. The little jelly bean bees with almond wings turned out better than the previous cake I baked.

I'm so grateful that my daughter Valerie gave me this cake pan - what fun I've had with it!




We had an auction of donated items from a garden hive top and an observation hive to baskets of honey goodies, baked goods, etc. I bought a candle holder, a basket of homemade honey lotions, balms, and other body indulgences, a pair of bee earrings and a necklace, and a bee hand towel.

We did all of this while the honey contest was being judged.

Our honey contest has grown - there were about 60 entries this year. Some of us entered in more than one category, but it is still a phenomenal number. Our Welsh honey judge, Evelyn Williams, declared that next year we need to have more than one judge or more time. I think she worked like a Trojan for several hours.

I am so excited! I won six ribbons - four blue first place ribbons and two red second place ribbons.

The blue ribbons were for:

1. The wax block that I poured in the end 18 times!!!!!
2. My boxed cut comb honey
3. My jarred chunk honey
4. My entry into the black jar contest - the honey is poured into a black jar and is judged purely on the taste and consistency. I wasn't planning to enter the black jar but did at the last minute. So I was particularly pleased about winning that because it was so last minute! My bees make delicious honey and I think it helps not to use an extractor in terms of the richness and thickness of the honey.

The red ribbons were for:

1. My light amber honey
2. My dark amber honey

Now I'll re-pour the wax block for the Georgia Beekeepers' meeting in a couple of weeks and I'll re-clean all of my jars and the cases for the cut comb honey and start all over again!




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8 comments:

  1. Annette12:27 AM

    Congratulations Linda, you deserve these awards for all your hard work and effort in sharing all your beekeeping experiences and adventures. I have learned so much just from reading your blog.

    I am so happy for you.

    Take Care
    Annette from Placerville California

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  2. Anonymous1:21 AM

    Congratulations! You certainly cleaned up!

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  3. Anonymous1:51 AM

    Congratulations! You may have inspired me to submit into my local beekeepers' honey contest ... if I have the time to get everything together.

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  4. Anonymous1:41 PM

    Great job Linda!

    You certainly have earned the wins.

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  5. Big congrats to you - well done !! It is exciting when you win, I had one first prize with my light liquid honey this year - it felt like being back at primary school and winning the sand saucer section !!

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  6. Linda!
    Oh, I am so happy for you as I have been following your wax block stories!

    Thanks for all the knowledge you share. I learn something new on each read!

    Lisa

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  7. Anonymous4:28 PM

    Linda, you deserve every ribbon!! Good work and thnx for sharing.

    Warren (Denmark)

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  8. BeeXXXStalker11:12 AM

    Howdy!

    Just checkin' in. Nice post (as usual) lin. You really brighten my day. Cheers.

    XOXO,
    BeeXXXStalker

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