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Friday, August 19, 2011

Harvesting the Stonehurst Honey

I had a great time harvesting the Stonehurst Place honey.  Caroline, the innkeeper, took some photos at the beginning (so I am in the photo for a change!) and then I took some pictures of the frames and the rest of the process.  We got about 80 pounds of honey from the two hives (from the two harvest visits) which is remarkable since the hives just got started this year at Stonehurst.

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  1. Penny8:25 AM

    Thanks for the great pictures, Linda. Congratulations on a great harvest, particularly from new colonies. The comb was beautiful, and the honey in jars gorgeous-- could you tell if it was tulip tree honey? Has that dark, reddish color that just looks delicious.

  2. I couldn't tell what the honey's major contributor was, but it is beautiful honey. The Stonehurst Place Inn is just down the street from the Atlanta Botanical Garden (one mile driving, shorter if you're flying like a bee)so the bees have much from which to choose and really don't have an excuse for not being able to find nectar! BTW, my new home is a little over a mile driving to the Botanical Garden but less than a mile as the bee flies, so we should have the same benefit at my house next year.

  3. What beautiful combs of honey. I harvest frames with foundation using an extractor. For those without foundation, I use the crush comb method. I find that a potato ricer makes a great tool for crushing and squeezing out the hone from the comb.

  4. Anonymous3:51 PM

    Linda, Great work as ussual.
    I have a question.
    We are told that the honey must stand for some time and be stired in for some time (days) to break crystals...what are your comments about this and does your honey crystalise quickely or not...?
    From Warren


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