Thursday, May 29, 2014

Browder's Birds Farmstand

Browder's Birds in Mattituck, on the North Fork, has opened their new farmstand located right on their organic farm. Browder's Birds is known for producing the finest organic chickens and eggs found anywhere. Some of their other products include dry rubs for seasoning meats , pickled eggs, a fry mix for fried chicken, barbecue sauce and more. 
You have to check them out: on line Browder's Birds or at the farm Fridays 3-5 pm, Sat & Sun 12-5 pm.

Tom's Honey Bees is working with Browder's Farm to produce honey for their Browder's Honey label. We utilize the same management techniques at Browder's Farm that we use when producing honey for our own label, and the result is pure, natural and untreated honey made from the wildflowers on and surrounding their farm.

Visit the chickens, ducks, sheep and yes, see the bees flying by. Don't forget to say hello to Holly and Chris and pick up some goodies to enjoy when you get home.

We are very pleased to be associated with the fine folks at Browder's Birds. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Nuc Yard: #SHD1

We have finally created a nuc yard to raise our new queens and replacement hives in with hopes to become 100% sustainable in the coming year or two. The new yard will also include a limited number of production hives as we find it hard not to take advantage of a nectar flow and the chance to harvest Long Island Honey!

 Last winter and early spring had us scrambling to find early queens to rebuild our hive numbers with after the winter losses from the crazy weather. Relying on warmer climate early queens and bees is something that has bothered us from the beginning for a number of reasons. This years shortage of available early queens has convinced us that the time is right to put our operation on more solid footing and limit the reliance on outside stock, with the hope of eliminating it altogether. We foresee that in the future we can overwinter a large number of nucleus colonies to use as our sole source of bees in the early spring for rebuilding after the winter and expand our apiaries and production hives earlier than what has been possible . Excess overwintered colonies will be offered to our customers.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A whiff of Honey....

There was a whiff of honey in the air today all through the Home Bee Yard. Yesterday I added supers to the hives in the #BWD yard and the same sweet smell greeted me when I got out of the truck to check them. Today I bought new batteries for the camera so I took a photo of some of the hives in the Home Yard. No pictures of the hives in the #BWD yard yesterday due to dead batteries. And to bad because some hives are 5 mediums high and filling up.

Friday, May 2, 2014