In our region honey is harvested following the peak nectar flow during summer between late July to the end of August each year. We assess the needs of our apiary, understanding what is required for each colony to survive the winter ahead. We then calculate and pull the excess honey for harvest, extracting, packaging, and consumption.
The langstroth beehive design allows us to harvest the stored cured nectar that has been converted to honey through an extracting process, returning the frames back to the beehive for use again each year. There are many scales of size honey extractors, but the principle is generally the same. Expose the capped honey, and remove the liquid honey from the honeycomb through centrifugal force within a vertical or horizontal drum. Once extracted, we filter the raw liquid honey and package for consumption. Comb honey uses a frame without a foundation, or a very thin wax foundation, that the beekeeper uses to cut out and package without an extraction process ready for consumption.
The quality and characteristics of honey vary from region to region and even location to location depending on the available forage. The 3 basic categories of honey are; Single Origin, Multi-Flower, and Local, with the 3 forms being; Liquid, Creamed/ Whipped, and Honey Comb. Most often honey is a varietal blend of what is predominantly available in their area, unless a honey producer is producing a single origin variety. Some of the most common multi-floral sources in our area can include; alfalfa, clover, dandelion, fireweed, and wildflower, while canola, buckwheat, manuka, eucalyptus, and sourwood, are popular in other parts of the world.
Bee pollen is collected by honey bees while foraging from flower to flower. As they fly through the air, their bodies become positively charged with static electricity, such that when they land on a flower, the pollen particles stick to the static charged hairs covering their body. They use their corbiculae (back legs/ pollen baskets) to transport the flower pollen (protein) back to the hive. Beekeepers use pollen traps during peak pollen harvest times of the year that encourage bees to pass through the trap brushing off some of the collected pollen into a tray for the beekeeper to harvest. Harvesting bee pollen for consumption is a balance between ensuring the hive has enough to sustain itself, and collecting the access, much like harvesting honey. The beekeeper then dries and cleans the pollen collected for consumption.
Bee pollen is a complete protein, rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants. It is considered an immune system builder that will also enhance vitality. Bee pollen is also a great brain booster, lifting brain fatigue, improving alertness and helping concentration levels over an extended period of time.
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. The bees form the wax into scales by wax-producing glands in the abdomen of the worker bees. Beeswax is used to create the hexagonal comb for storage of brood, pollen > bee bread, and nectar > honey. Beeswax is also used to cap (close off) brood cells, honey cells, and queen cells.
We collect beeswax during the honey extracting process from the wax capping, any damaged comb from the extracting equipment, and every few years from the beehive frames to keep the reused comb within a hive in good condition. We render (melt down and filter) the combination of beeswax to purify it from any remnant honey and impurities. The end result is a fine filtered beeswax with many applications and practical uses.
Our beeswax blocks are made from 100% pure filtered beeswax, rendered from wax cappings during the honey extraction process.
Beeswax has many uses ranging from; food wraps, candles, furniture polish, crayons, lip balm, wood lubricant, body butter, footwear waterproofing, wood cutting board conditioning, rust preventative for tools, homemade deodorant, lotion bars, soothing cracked heels and hands, homemade vapor rubs, and the list of great uses goes on.
Yes. We harvest our honey late summer each year from our bee yards between Revelstoke and Armstrong BC, Canada.
Currently our honey is mostly a Alfalfa, Clover, and Wildflower blend.
We just started developing custom, native, non-invasive, wildflower, pollinator friendly habitat at our bee yards, to offer a unique flavour profile for our region. We're very excited to be increasing pollinator habitat, focusing on high value forage and nutrition for our bees and native pollinators, and creating a designer honey flavor profile.
Honey has a natural tendancy to gradually crystalize over time, depending on the sugar content of the nectar foraged. Some nectars will cause honey to crystalize quicker than others, along with a variety of other contributing factors.
To preserve the natural goodness in raw honey, you can place your jar in a pot of water on slow and low heat (just before a boil) and patiently wait for it to return to liquid. If you have a plastic bucket of honey, you should be able to also place in enough water that the two bottoms do not touch, and follow the same steps.
We are in the process of offering shipping within BC.
Unfortunately it will be a while yet, before we ship our honey out of Province and country. Once shipping is offered all other products will be available inter-provincially and out of country.
Not yet. We are working towards offering both creamed honey, and a limited supply of comb honey after the 2022 harvest.