I've been mulling over the dead hive issue for so long that when I finally do post, it will probably be in two parts. Part one will debut this week...really...I mean it this time.
In the meantime, I harvested honey from the remaining hive this weekend. Check out the photos and a little photo essay of the facebook sort by clicking on the photo below:
4 reasons to buy local honey that have nothing to do with food miles.
1. It just tastes better. Local honey is more likely to be raw honey--raw meaning unheated. Why is this good? Well, it has a better flavor profile so if you like to spread delicious honey on a neutral medium like a fresh, hot biscuit, you'll appreciate this more.
2. It's healthy. Local, raw honey will also have some bits of pollen in it that, if taken at a dose of one teaspoon daily, seems to help with seasonal allergies. Has to be local, though--same varieties of pollen that you are exposed to that set off your allergies. There's not a lot of science to back it up, but lots of people say it helps. It's definitely tastier than allergy shots and the only side effect is a sugar high, so why not give it shot!
3. It's natural. There have been a number of reports recently about imported honey being diluted with sugar water and other things that make me scratch my head and wonder how it can possibly taste good (see #1). Local honey distribution is not regulated, but the imported stuff is also, apparently, not regulated. Ask your bee keeper if you can see his/her "bee yard." S/he will probably be happy to show off the bees and you will have a sense of what grows around the bee yard...and, therefore, what the bees are eating...and therefore, what's in your honey. Remember, they have a two mile radius from their hive. Find honey vendors through your local bee club--they love their bees and, if my experience is any indication, would never dilute their liquid gold with sugar water, cause it just doesn't taste as good (see #1).
4. It supports all things that grow. Buying local honey supports local beekeepers who are often enjoying this hobby at a financial loss but creating enormous benefit for local farmers and backyard gardeners alike. Whether you like your flower beds vibrant or appreciate the value of a food system that works with the cycles and processes of nature, honeybees make it happen.
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