We’re all out of honey!

 

Hey everyone!

 

Unfortunately, we are all out of honey. It’s been a great season, and the bees are working hard to produce more. In fact, all seven hives survived the winter. Bees commonly die in the winter for a multitude of reasons. When winter begins all the bees cluster up at the bottom of the hive, and slowly work their way to the top eating their stored honey as they go. If the hive is weak going into the winter, the bees will not have enough honey and starve to death. Even if the bees do have enough honey, they can still move up the hive too quickly, or break their cluster too early. We have never had this many hives after winter, and we are optimistic that we will have lots of honey, early in the year. Hopefully around Father’s Day.

 

Honey makes a great gift!

Tis’ the season!

Our honey makes a perfect holiday gift!

It’s straight from our backyard, and it tastes great. It costs $10 for a pound, and $6 for a half pound.

This time of year, I often get questions on what our bees do during the winter. The bees cannot survive alone outside in the cold, so they cluster together inside the hive to generate heat. In this cluster, they slowly work their way from the bottom of the hive to the top, eating honey that they have stored along the way. However, during this process lots can go wrong. Sometimes the bees work their way up the hive too fast, and once they’re all the way up they do not go back down, other times the bees do not store enough honey and starve. It’s a hard life to be a bee!

Over the winter of 2015 we lost 2 hives, this year we’re hoping to lose none. New Jersey beekeepers will normally lose around 25% of their hives over the winter.

Right now we have plenty of honey, however orders quickly pile up, and we are normally out by mid-February. You can email me at oliver@essexgirlhoney.com, or call 973-744-0701.

 

Oliver.

 

2016 Summer Honey!

Hi Everyone!

We have just extracted honey from our five hives (2 near Edgemont, 2 near Porter park, and 1 near Bloomfield). We spent all day on July 10th bringing in the honey, uncapping, and extracting. We gravity filter our honey at room temperature to keep the great smell and taste of all natural raw honey.

We should have honey bottled and ready for you by Sunday July 17th. It is $10 for a pound, and $6 for a half pound. Email me at oliver@essexgirlhoney.com or call and place an order (973-744-0701).

Thanks,

Oliver

Welcome Spring

Today is the first day of Spring everyone!

It was a rough winter for our bees: we lost three hives, but we still two thriving hives.

We’ll be buying more bees soon, so we can be prepared for the upcoming honey season. We still have honey from last year left over, but not much! If you want to purchase some contact me at oliver@essexgirlhoney.com or leave a message on our phone (973-744-0701)

-Oliver