Housed in a central location on our property, our bees forage the colts foot, maple and birch trees in early spring to get them started with raising the brood. The next flowers available to them are the apple orchard blossoms in late May followed by a variety of wild flowers and lots of clover that allow the bees to build their surplus honey. We harvest the hives in August-September and make sure we leave enough honey for the bees for winter.
Once the temperature drops (November/December) the hives are brought to a wintering room in our main barn. This is where the bees gather in their clusters, enjoying a well deserved rest from the past busy season. Come April, the hives are removed from the wintering room and are placed back in their protected yards. The bees are protected with electric fencing and surveillance cameras to discourage our wild four footed friends from robbing the hives.
Our honey is certified organic by Ecocert Canada. Being organic means it is raw, unfiltered and not pasteurized, therefore it retains the beneficial natural enzymes which gives honey it’s wonderful medicinal properties, from soothing a cough to healing your wounds. It also contains pollen and beeswax particles. Being unfiltered and unpasteurized, our honey crystallizes faster. If you want to turn it back into liquid warm it at no more than 45 degrees C. This process may take 1-2 days.
In Cape Breton, our honey is available at the following stores:
Sobey's: Sydney, Sydney River, North Sydney, New Waterford, Glace Bay.
Victoria Farmer's CO-OP, Baddeck
United Farmer's CO-OP, Sydney
Cape Breton Curiosity Shop, Sydney
In Halifax, our honey is available at Sobey's Clayton Park and Sobey's Bedford South.