Brok and Kim opening the hives

Frank bringing in the supers

Honey capped in the comb

Scraping the capped comb

Extracting the honey from the comb

In last summer’s drought
there were no blooms for the honeybees.
Ann fed them sugar water
during the hot months
and didn’t harvest any of the honey
they made.
So it was a thrill
yesterday
to bring in a honey harvest.
It was a family affair
so the work
seemed like play.
Before bedtime
we had opened up four hives,
harvested 140 pounds of honey
extracted from the comb,
and bottled it.
There are still a couple of hives
with honey enough
for the bee community to eat all winter.
And even though we know
that if you grow up eating honey
produced where you live,
that is the honey you like
because it is the most familiar,
I still say
Turtle Rock Farm honey
is the best in the world.
Thank you Ann,
our beekeeper extraordinaire;
Everett, her wise mentor;
the beekeeping club in Guthrie;
all those who come here to learn about beekeeping;
Frank, Brok and Kim who worked the harvest,
and—most deeply—
thank you for sharing,
dear honeybees.

Beautiful honey

Jars of Turtle Rock Farm honey