It was an August day,
so we typically would want to be out
at the bee hives
early as there was light
to start the harvest. And we were,
but it was 68 degrees
instead of the more typical 80-plus.
Nice…not so hot in the honey harvesting
Friends and family had come to help
and learn and enjoy the festive day—
maybe not so festive for the honey bees,
but for humans, yes.
Ann and Frank have been checking the hives,
capturing swarms and making new hives
during the spring Canola-growing season,
bringing in queens when needed,
feeding them sugar during the winter,
planting trees and shrubs for food
in spring and summer…
This they do
because they know that honey bees
and food production requires pollination.
And because they are fascinated
by the amazing life of honey bees.
Then too, there comes the wonderful day
when they bring in some of the honey
for enjoying all year long.
On the farm,
whether it’s wheat
or, coming soon, pecans—
are moments of celebration.
Those who come to help
and participate in the celebration
also learn more about the process—
in this case,
the wondrous life of honey bees
and how flowers
become sweet amber nectar.
Ann, Kate and Tripp Kupiec, Ginny, Craig Kupiec, Frank, Rob
Checking the hives in May,
Ann and Frank discovered four hives
so they harvested some honey
before they transferred bees into the hives.
That honey, along with the honey harvested
yesterday, totaled 203 pounds—
24 quarts and 101 pints
2015 Turtle Rock Farm
Friends and family went home happy—
thanks to chickens
and honey bees
and the community that gathered