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Old 03-22-2015, 09:07 AM   #15
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Creamed honey, that is a new one to me so I had to go to their website and read how they make it.
Wow, creamed honey is some of my favorite stuff in the world and I had forgotten about it. I also like bacon a lot, but I did not forget bacon.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:06 PM   #16
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A very nice topic! Brings back memories of my childhood, because my Dad was a part time Bee Keeper. We always had loads of honey and one memory is of turning a jars upside down and watching an air bubble rise up and pop. Also, we had orange honey, the best. And, buckwheat was pretty darn good too.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:15 PM   #17
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Thanks Emrs382 ,
I had forgot about that , The festival is in may if I remember right , around the long weekend .
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Right it is May 23 this year. I have in laws in Beeton and we used to go to the honey festival when we lived in Shelburne from 07-13.

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Old 03-24-2015, 12:10 AM   #18
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I'm a huge honey fan. So true about aiding in allergy immunity.
For those in the metro Vancouver area check out the Honey Bee Centre in Langley, BC. They rent there bees to local farmers for pollination. They drive the hive to a farm release the bees. The bees return to the Queen in the hive and drive back to the centre.
This allows them to make a large variety of honey types. The taste differences are quite pronounced. They have a a sampling table and different varieties depending on time of year.


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Old 03-24-2015, 01:00 AM   #19
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Years ago I met a beekeeper bought, a hive from him and started a beekeeping hobby that lasted for about 10 years. Over time the first hive became two, then two became four, etc. I think there were eight hives by the time I "retired" from the hobby. For a couple years I was in an area where the "ladies" gave us clover honey and later when I lived across from a mint farm we had some real tasty mint honey.

Beekeeping was almost as much fun as milking the goat that insisted on licking my face before letting me milk her.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:27 AM   #20
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H I , emers382 , What's your wife maidan name .? Maybe I know the family , or my daughters know your wife,
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I'm keeping bees once again. This is my third time at it. My dad and I kept bees from when I was 10 to about 17. Then my wife and I kept bees, about 20 to 25 colonies until we moved into town and work didn't allow time. About a year before I retired, my interest was rekindled.

A lot haS changed since I got out of it in '82. Many problemS have arisen that we didn't have back then; imported pests such as the small hive beetle and varoa mites and nicotinoid pesticides, among others.

The studying I did got me thinking that a great part of the problems beekeepers are having is resulting from too much inbreeding of stock, reducing the bees genetic diversity, making them less able to adapt to new stressors.

Anyway, I decided to work with captured bees, rather than building from bred stock.

Understand, there is no such thing a a wild honeybee anymore. All of the bees in North America originally came from European stock with the colonists. There have be some other bees brought in, Russians most recently, to add to the gene pool. So what I am talking about is escapees from someone's bee yard.

My thinking is that if a feral hive has been living successfully on it's own, without human help or hinderance, it probably has been successfully dealing with varoa and hive beetles and such, and would be a good basis for a localized naturally bred stock.

Thus far I have 4 hives from 4 different locations. I have been contacted recently by 3 people who have hives in trees or walls that want me to come get them, so I will further add to my stock.

Though I have taken off some honey..m-m-m-m-m-m...I am letting the bees make themselves at home and building colony strength.

I have gone back to some of the old ways; top bar hives and pressing honey rather than extracting.

Instead of a 'beekeeper' I prefer to think of myself as a bee facilitator, providing the bees with the best conditions I can to ensure that they thrive. Given space to store it and good nectar flows, they will produce surplus that I can sell, but that will come later.

Am I having fun yet? YOU BECHA!!!!
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Clif, that is very interesting thinking. I think you might be on to something good, with the way you are handling your bees.
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Yes, I agree. Clif you are the man. I'd like to stop in Louisiana one day and meet you.
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H I , emers382 , What's your wife maidan name .? Maybe I know the family , or my daughters know your wife,
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Hi her family was not from Beeton but her sister and brother in law have lived there over 20 years, Barb and Jim Collier. Her mom is now in Simcoe Manor there will turn 93 in May.


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Clif, were there any honeybees in North America before the colonists brought their Euro bees over? If there were, did they die off or interbreed or what?
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No, Mike. All North American honey bees are imports. However, there were other pollinators.
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