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Harvest of any kind
is exciting.
A year of nurture
culminates
as the health of the crop
is finally discovered,
celebrated.
Last Saturday
was honey harvest
here at Turtle Rock Farm.
Ann and Frank,
the beekeepers in our family,
donned the garb,
lit the smoking cedar,
took out necessary tools
and equipment
and opened the hives.
Thanks to regular summer rains
there has been plenty for the bees
to pollinate and gather
and we suspected a good honey crop.
It was.
Ann and Frank took frames
from each of the nine hives—
except for one,
where they discovered wax moths
had taken over the hive—
and left enough honey
for the bees this winter.
After carrying in the honey-laden frames
(and a few bees!)
we uncapped them with a heated knife
and spun the honey from the comb,
using a hand-operated extractor.
Thick, golden honey
then dripped slowly through three fine filters
and we bottled it all into clear glass jars
and labeled them:
“Happy Bees Honey
from Turtle Rock Farm.”
111 pounds!
The best honey in the world.
(Really! We did a taste test.)
Thank you rain,
flowers,
bees!