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.