Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hayground School Artisanal Holiday Bazaar Report

Kudos to Kerri Deuel and all those responsible for putting together one heck of a nice
Holiday Bazaar at the Hayground School in Bridgehampton this weekend! I don't know 
 how the event could have been any better.
From the superb organization, a terrific selection of vendors offering quality merchandise, low level
background music, and  enthusiastic community support the bazaar is one not
to be missed! Add a December day full of sunshine and temperatures in the 50's
and it was the formula for perfection. 




Our table offering our beeswax candles, propolis tincture, our soap and lip balms, honey straws,
homemade wooden candle holders, and our full line of Local Long Island Honey including wildflower, creamed wildflower, cinnamon creamed wildflower and
a varietal Local Long Island Locust Honey.





Holly Browder from Browder's Birds in Mattituck offering their Heritage
Coltswold Wool Collection along with their signature Organic chicken eggs,
duck eggs, to die for quiches, a large selection of in-house created chicken and meat rubs,
and, well...their whole line of quality products.

 

Sharp Hamptons Sharpening with the best wood cutting block conditioner
on earth! ( Our beeswax is one of the ingredients!)


Fellow beekeepers from Red Truck Apiary in Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor
offering their great tasting honey and bee related items.

You get the jist, I'm sure. Something for everyone. Should be on
a "Best of Long Island" list for fairs! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DNA Biodiversity Study using Tom's Honey Bees

What you say, is he talking about?
We were contacted by .......well you read the email:

I am a member of a science research group from St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York. We have chosen to take part in a Barcode Long Island project, in association with Cold Spring Harbor Labs. The aim of this project is to examine the biodiversity of Long Island with respect to its plant and invertebrate species. For this project we are hoping to study the biodiversity of bees to determine if bees raised under circumstances such as those present at your apiary have a varying biodiversity than that of wild bees. Because the DNA of bees in the same hive are similar, we need bees from different hives to have an unbiased view of biodiversity. We were hoping that you would allow us two to three bees, each one from a different hive in your apiary, as samples for barcoding purposes. It would be greatly appreciated if you would allow us to use your bees as a sample.

We couldn't wait to send our bees off to the research group and feel very fortunate to have been
asked to participate. The photo's below show some of the hives selected for collecting specimens for the study.
We photo documented the collection of bees to refer back to when the results of the study are
made available. 






Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hayground School Artisanal Holiday Bazaar Dec 5th 2015

Tom's Honey Bees will be at the Hayground Artisanal Holiday Bazaar in
Bridgehampton. 
Come visit, you won't be sorry!

Save the Date: Saturday December 5, 2015
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Place: Hayground School
151 Mitchell Lane Bridgehampton, NY



Saturday, October 17, 2015

A Fall day, a harvest festival, some good times....

It was a chilly fall day at the E. Setauket Harvest Festival today. The sun finally warmed things up
later in the day and a good time was had by all. 
A big thanks to everyone
who stopped by and picked up our local honey. bee pollen and 
all the other 'products of the hive' we had available on our table.
See everyone at the next market, maybe the Port Jeff Winter Indoor Farmers Market 
which starts later this month on Sunday mornings!



Monday, October 12, 2015

East Setauket Farmers Market Harvest Festival

We will be a vendor at the
East  Setauket Farmers Market Harvest Festival
Date:  Saturday October 17, 2015
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: Three Village Historical Society
93 N. Country Road
East Setauket, NY 11733

Sweet Melissa Farm to Table is hosting the event so come enjoy the
Harvest Festival with us.
Expect live music, lots of vendors, food trucks, bounce house
for kids, pumpkins, roasted corn, pies, candy apples and of course
the best Local Honey by Tom's Honey Bees!
We'll also bring along our pollen, beeswax, soaps, lip balms, candles
creamed honey, wildflower honey with comb and
a few items making their debut!

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Organization in the Bee Yard

A chill is in the air and it's time to start getting things organized for 
the cold weather that's sure to come. We got a chance to
inventory and inspect some of our bee equipment so we
can make our plans for 2016.
The cold days of Winter are a great time to get busy in the
shop fixing the older stuff and building new stuff.
Of course we try to be ready for the 1st. nice days of Spring
but somehow always fall behind schedule.
Oh well.


Monday, October 5, 2015

2016 CSA Honey Shares

Our 2016 CSA Honey Shares are now available!


Full and Half Shares
eMail us with your selection and we will send you a PayPal invoice for your payment.
You must include your Name, address (both physical and eMail) and telephone number.

For full description please see our Website -> Honey Shares CSA 
For pricing please see our Website -> Catalog -> Honey Shares.


EARLY BIRD CSA HONEY SHARES FOR 2016 WILL BE OFFERED BEGINNING
OCTOBER 5, 2015


Sold Out


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Bee Yard in late September

9/29/15 80* clear, calm, humid

Fall flow is hot for a few hours in the afternoon.

Our pollen collectors entering the pollen trap.

A male Groundsel bush is a favorite plant for the bees 
to visit and collect pollen. Zoom in and look carefully
for our honey bees on the flowers. hint: top center

Golden yellow pollen from Goldenrod.

A field of Buckwheat in bloom right behind our hives.
The plants give up nectar during the morning hours 
and that's when you find the bees on it. Zoom in,
they're there.

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Honey Line-Up for 2015

Our 2015 Honey Selections.


left: LI wildflower honey with honey comb
left center: creamed LI wildflower honey with organic cinnamon
right center: LI wildflower honey
right: creamed LI wildflower honey

Pretty aren't they? The only thing better than the way they look is the
way they taste!
Available Oct 1st. in our Etsy Store. 

Hot September

Well September 2015 looks like it will go down as one of the warmest on record.
A few weeks ago we were 85* with the humidity off the charts.
The bees felt the heat too! and I even had a rare September swarm to top it off.
The picture shows the bees bearding on one of those hot days.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

To some people they are just weeds.....

For us beekeepers we look forward to a field of early fall 'weeds'
like goldenrod. 
The bees look forward to them too!




Comb Honey

We harvested some old fashioned comb honey recently.
The jars contain a piece of comb honey and then are
filled with extracted honey and called 'chunk honey'.



Sunday, August 30, 2015

Important Fall Nectar Sources

A few of the plants that are important nectar sources here on Long Island in the early Fall.
All are blooming now and give our honey bees a chance to pack in the nectar
for the colder weather to come.

Goldenrod

Knapweed

Knotweed

Some years the goldenrod and knotweed flow is heavy
enough for us to be able to collect a fall honey. Knotweed honey is a beautiful
chestnut red color and also delicious tasting!

Monday, August 24, 2015

NYS Ag & Markets Commissioner Ball

Excitement was high on Saturday August 22, 2015 as we awaited the arrival of a group of chefs and food industry folks, along with representatives from the Empire State
Development Corp, hailing from NYC, Long Island and beyond. The group was 
visiting the North Fork with stops at  Schmitts Farm Stand, Catapano Goat Dairy, Harvest East End and Browder's Birds as part of a culinary tour organized by the NYS Department of Agriculture and 
Markets to highlight Long Island Agriculture.
Also on the trip was NYS Ag and Markets Commissioner Ball! After a short presentation in the bee yard about Tom's honey bees, I had a nice informal chat with Mr. Ball, covering a number of the honey bee issues facing NY beekeepers. I came away feeling that the
NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets is current on the issues facing beekeepers and I'm hopeful the new NY Pollinator Task Force, of which he is Chair, will address these issues and recommend solutions that
can be implemented state wide.
A good day.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Winged Sumac

You may have guessed that obtaining some familiarity with the important 'honey' 
plants in the few miles around our apiaries helps us manage our honey bees. 
Winged Sumac is just now beginning to bloom and is an important nectar 
source going into early Fall. If found in a high enough density the bees can really
add some needed honey weight to the hives after our dry and hot late Summer weather.


Still some honey to pull off of some of our hives but we're gaining on it!



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Staghorn Sumac on Long Island

Staghorn Sumac is a native bush/small tree that honey bees, and native pollinators, 
visit regularly when in bloom. Many may have noticed Staghorn on
the edge of woodland lots or along side the roadways and wondered what it was.
Staghorn sumac is fruiting out now and is very showy so if you keep looking you're
bound to see it.
The red fruit and seeds last almost all winter and just like the flowers that provide 
so much nectar and pollen to honey bees, the fruit and seeds are a favorite of all kinds of 
native birds and even some animals.
A good looking showy native plant worth having around.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Severe Weather

Tuesday morning's severe weather and high wind bursts was enough to
push over beehives still full of honey.
After some work the colony was righted and the honey supers
removed. 
Bees look to be OK.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sunflowers

Found a little surprise in the Buckwheat field after it started to go to seed and get a little shorter in height. The farmer and landowner has a soft spot for honey bees, all of nature really, and planted some beautiful sunflowers in with the buckwheat. The bees seem to like it very much and the birds are already checking it out to see if the seeds are ripe yet.
Sometimes it's the little things that put a smile on our faces!

That's chicory (blue flowers) in the foreground, then Milkweed (with the wide leaves), the Buckwheat (white flowers) has gone to seed but has some flowers remaining and then the Sunflowers! 

Bumblebees like sunflowers too.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CSA Honey Pick-Up

CSA honey Pick-Up Schedule
It's time to distribute our honey as most of it is collected and extracted. We think you are going to love the results of this years harvest, we do! It's a true Wildflower Honey as no one nectar source seems to predominate the flavor or color. 
Gold in color and delicious!

Everyone should have already received a email regarding location and times and days of distribution, so please consider this a friendly reminder. 
Your share is waiting for you!

Location: Browder's Birds Farm
4050 Soundview Ave, Mattituck, New York 11952.

Hours of pickup:
 Friday 7/31/15 from 3pm-5pm
 Saturday 8/1/15 from 12pm-5pm
 Sunday 8/2/15 from 12pm-5pm

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Beepocalypse?

“Beepocalypse” Not: Alarmist Honeybee Claims Collapse Under Scrutiny

 
The American Bee Journal News prints a report from The Competitive Enterprise Institute that seperates the facts from the fiction.
 
 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Honey bees and flowers

A few photos of one of our bee yards taken 7/9/15, 74* partly cloudy.
Yup, it's high time in the apiary as we have started pulling honey! We have been adding back a empty honey super because the bees are still working the blooms and still filling comb with nectar.


Fireweed

Birdsfoot trefoil and Aster

Buckwheat

Vetch

Milkweed

Dutch white clover (foreground) 

View looking East

View looking West

Sunday, July 5, 2015

It's honey time!

Some beautiful frames of honey sitting on top of the honey super.
Each frame weighs about 3.5 lbs and the boxes are all heavy with honey. 
The nectar flow is still on so I'll put another honey super back on as soon as I take this one off. I'm betting the bees fill it right up!
Looks to be a good year.



Friday, June 5, 2015

New bee-yard !

We have a new bee-yard  that we are very excited about. If we read the area properly this new location should provide a healthy and safe environment for the bees and plenty of sweet stuff for us. Thanks to one of our farmer friends who put us in contact with the organic farmer who needed pollination on the farm. Some of our bees will reside here year round and provide pollination for whatever plant needs it during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.
We were able to set up on the farm for fruit tree bloom earlier this Spring and the bees look like they hit the blooms pretty well judging by the amount of fruit that has set on the trees. Now for berries and vegetables and flowers, do it bees!
Do you like the location as much as we do?


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Black Locust, wild black cherry, clover and nucs

74*, Sunny, calm 5/30/15
Black Locust blooming behind the hives. Some Wild Black Cherry as well.
To complete the trio there is also a good start to the white clover bloom.
All three are not yet at full bloom.


Today was also nuc pick-up day. I snapped this photo just before the new owner of these nucs
arrived to take them home. 5 frames of bees, brood, honey and as strong as they could be without running out of room. They need to be placed in their permanent full sized hives NOW!


Some farm friends and next door neighbors of our bees.......