Visiting the bees at their winter home

bees

The bees in their winter habitat. My hive is the green one at the far left.

Yesterday we drove to Langley to attend a honey tasting party and meet all the other bee-people who sponsored hives from the 3B Honeybee company. Art and Bryn had combined the honey from hives in each of the different localities (our was Kits/UBC) and provided samples of each one to taste.  There were about twelve different types arranged in a spectrum from the lightest to the darkest. We tried samples of each type and were surprised by the different tastes and textures. I wasn’t able to distinguish any individual floral notes or flavours, however I am not exactly known to have a discriminating palate. It all tasted great to me.

Kits/UBC honey. Fall larch in the background.

Kits/UBC honey. Fall larch in the background.

 

The Kits/UBC honey is the second darkest type. My hive produced 18 pounds of honey. This sounds like a lot until you realize that the highest producing hive produced over 200 pounds. I can’t complain though, as many hives didn’t produce any honey at all.

We headed home with our three jars of honey (that was the deal) plus a few extra jars for gifts.  It was fun to meet the other bee people and compare experiences. Every single person I spoke plans to host a hive again next year. I hope that I get the same hive (#32) back again in my garden again next year.

Anyway, big thanks to Art and Bryn for hosting the party and for making it possible to host a hive this last summer. It was definitely one of the highlights of my year!

Hive 32 in it's winter home.

Hive 32 in it’s winter home.

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About Chrystal

This blog is my online journal to keep track of what is going on in different parts of the garden, different times of the year.
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