Location Info: Organic Farm (Concord, NC)
Hive Info: Double Hive Body (40k-60k Bees)
Predominant Floral Sources: Tulip Poplar, Goldenrod, Clover, Wildflowers and Food Crops
Hive Management Style: No chemicals of any kind, essential oils and space management techniques
Hive Age: 5 years (total)
The honey you have in your hand is a premium grade honey. It is the same honey we eat and use in our favorite recipes. We never heat our honey and each batch is triple-filtered while still retaining microscopic bits of pollen and propolis. Our honey and wax are also tested annually for the presence of any unwanted substances. Thus ensuring that our customers receive the best honey we can offer.
If you have any questions about our product, please feel free to contact us toll free at 866-334-7139 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Hive and Other Apiary Images:
See all the bees on the front of the hive? This is called "Bearding" ... where the bees gather at the front of the hive's entrance during the warmer months. They use this time to cool off and to use their wings to fan air through the hive, thus cooling the interior.
This is our strongest hive during an intense inspection. The blue boxes are called "supers" that hold your honey and the large white boxes are called "hive bodies"; the honeybees' main living quarters. We usually do inspections when it's more than 80 degrees outside because the bees are calmer. When it's cooler, the bees are more aggressive, so high noon during the summer is the best time ... but tough on the body, for sure!
This is a a close-up of bees eating honey from "bur comb". It's honey comb built between the gaps in hive boxes and frames and then filled with honey or brood. We clean this up because it causes the frames to stick together which makes inspections more difficult. We let them have their fill this day before breaking up the party :)
That mound of red dirt and high grass is a massive fire ant colony. When the ground isn't saturated with pesticides, this is something we have to deal with in the south. We've never seen them in or on the hive, but one wrong step and your day will be ruined. Since the mounds are mostly safety hazards, we use natural techniques to clear the area. Believe us, you DO NOT want to have 10k+ fire ants swarming up your bee suit!
Wide angle view of the bee yard in early spring; such a peaceful place to be :)