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.