Essex Girl Honey pop-up shops!

Hi Everybody!

We’re going to be selling honey at two pop up shops very soon. This is the first time that you can come and buy straight from us! You can pick up great gifts for Christmas, or just buy some fresh, local, honey.

 

Location #1: November 25th 10am-6pm

Holiday Maker’s Market, 490 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.

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Location #2: December 2nd 10:00am-2:00pm

Edgemont School, 20 Edgemont Road, Montclair NJ

 

Can’t wait to see everyone!

 

Thanks,

Oliver

Fall Honey is Here!

Hi Everyone,

We’ve recently extracted and bottled some rich, dark, fall honey. The big difference between Fall and Spring honey comes from the flowers that it was extracted from. In New Jersey the darker fall honey comes from Japanese Knotweed, a plant that blooms much later than other plants, and gives honey a distinct color and flavor. Since it’s one of the only sources of nectar in the fall, all our fall honey is much darker, but still just as good!

Japanese Knotweed gives the honey a deep, buckwheat taste. It’s very different than light honey, but it’s definitely worth a try. If you’re interested in buying some, you can contact me at oliver@essexgirlhoney.com or 973-744-0701.

Thanks,

Oliver

Honey is finally here!

Hi Everyone!

Great news, we have finally harvested, extracted, and bottled the honey that the bees have been making over the past five months. It’s been a long process; the bees begin to forage again once flowers have started blooming, and the temperature has started to rise. This normally happens around mid March.

After they become active, they get checked on about once a week, to make sure all is in working order, and there’s nothing wrong with the hive (parasites, not enough food, not enough room). This year we had problems with hive space, our eight hives were expanding quickly and swarming often. Swarming occurs when there is not enough room for all the bees in the hive, so half leave with the old queen to try and find a new home. These bees are docile, having gorged on honey before taking flight, and can easily be recaptured and put back into a new hive. With the bee population exploding we knew that we’d have a lot of honey this year.

Over the course of two days, we managed to extract all the honey that was made over the spring. We filled around nine 5-gallon buckets. We have yet to bottle and label all of it, but that will be done soon. Right now, we have around three boxes of honey, with more to come. Our prices are staying the same at $10 a pound, and $6 for a half pound. If you want to buy some you can contact me at oliver@essexgirlhoney.com , or my home phone 973-744-0701.

Oliver

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.

 

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

Old News

We’ve neglected updating the site for a while (okay, for over a year), but the bees have been busy, nonetheless.

Way back in February 2015, we attended the New Jersey Honey Show where our honey in the comb won a blue ribbon plus “best of division” for combs and spreads. We’ll be doing this kind of honey again in 2016.

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Oliver with the award-winning honey and rosette

We also won second place in the novelty wax category–with a block of wax in the shape of Han Solo in carbonite. Unfortunately, no photos exist.

Honey in the Comb

Recently, we were able to produce honey in the comb using a system called Ross Rounds. This is a tricky, time-consuming process. We have to coax the bees to draw out new wax and fill it with honey very quickly right in the packaging–our timing must be perfect or it doesn’t work.

While this type of comb honey used to be very popular, not that many beekeepers in NJ bother with it. In fact, we’re not aware of anywhere else locally where you can buy Ross Rounds.

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The bees fill our Ross Rounds with light, spring honey contained in thin, edible wax that you can scoop out and eat on toast, in yogurt, or on a spoon. This is honey in a “native” state–just as the bees made it, completely raw and unprocessed.

A limited number of 8 oz Rounds are available at $8. We’ll happily give you a $1 credit on your next purchase when you return the empty packaging.

Email Oliver to order or for more info.