Nuc Pickup and Beekeeping Class

Our beekeeping class at The Star Mill in American Fork was a huge success! Thanks to all who participated and good luck with your bees! In May, Stan taught three great beginning beekeeping classes to help new hobbyist beekeepers get started. Here are some photos of one event. The bee truck, loaded up with beekeeping equipment […]

Blueberry Ginger Orange Scones

I have been making this recipe for about a year now and love it every time. The recipe is adapted from Eat Better America’s Pear-Ginger Scones. Of course I had to substitute honey for sugar and whole wheat flour for white flour. They are still light and amazing! I love how versatile this recipe is. […]

Installing Packages

We are getting ready to install some packages. One of these three will be installed into the box behind. Many of our customers have requested a video demonstration on how to install a package by the shaking method. Here it is! (While you’re at it, Subscribe to our You Tube Chanel Here.) Do not use […]

Gardening for honeybees

Seeds for a Bee Garden Seed packet from House of Bees to grow your own honeybee-friendly garden. We recently received a seed packet sample from House of Bees ( www.houseofbees.com). We produce honey and I love to garden and when I saw their packet, I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” We have already […]

Beekeeping License

Photo from Grandpa Arthur Andersen’s collection in the 1970’s. In the State of Utah, beekeepers need a beekeeping license through the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food in Salt Lake City. They keep a record of all beekeeping licenses online, including name, license number, city, county, application and renewal dates, and whether it is active […]

A year in the life of a beekeeper

Wonder what goes on in the life of a beekeeper? Here is a quick summary of what we do on the Wasatch Front in Utah. January, February, March. In January, many commercial beekeepers are preparing their hives to send to California for pollination. I read yesterday that the California almond groves will require 75% of […]

Should I assemble boxes with the rough side in or out?

Unassembled bee boxes often come with one side of the wood planed smooth, and the other left rough. When assembling boxes, you will need to decide weather to put the rough side of the wood on the inside or outside of the box. We recommend putting the rough side on the inside of the box. Here’s why. […]

Honey Hot Chocolate

Our house was a bit on the chilly side this St. Patrick’s Day afternoon. And so my daughter and I decided to make some hot chocolate. And, given our honey obsession, we adapted the Hershey’s Cocoa recipe to make special Honey Hot Chocolate. It was yummy and I wanted to share! In most recipes, substitute […]

Rethinking Dandelions

Dandelions It’s time to revisit what we think of this cheerful springtime flower! Historically, dandelions have been used medicinally and as a food source. Remember the stories about Utah pioneers finding and consuming them gratefully? Have you had a fancy salad with dandelion greens? Yum! These days, dandelions are often thought of as weeds, which […]

Catching a swarm

It’s almost swarm season again here in Provo, Utah. (Already beginning in other parts of the world). Catching a swarm is one way to obtain a beehive of your own. Expect swarms on the first warm day just after several cold/stormy days. You know, just when you are on your way to church on Easter Sunday. Below, […]

Honey: One of the world’s healthiest foods

Raw Honey: One of the World’s Healthiest Foods Raw honey benefits are described in the article linked below. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=96 Just saw this link about why raw honey is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Enjoy! Benefits list: Contains beneficial bacteria & antioxidants, helps with blood sugar control, decreases stress hormones, suppresses coughs, increases athletic performance, […]

CNN Honey Article: More reasons to buy local raw honey from The Honey Company

Even more reason to buy raw, local honey from The Honey Company! This article was copied and pasted directly from the CNN website. It was written November 9, 2011 by Emanuella Grinberg. It can be found at http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2011/11/09/most-honey-sold-in-u-s-grocery-stores-not-worthy-of-its-name/?iref=allsearch. Photos are our own. Most Honey Not Worthy of It’s Name 76% of honey on grocery store shelves […]

Honey as energy gel

Go Honey is our natural version of energy gel. Use it while exercising for a carb boost. What is Energy Gel? Energy gels are thick carbohydrate syrups used to extend muscle energy (glycogen) during exercise. They provide simple and complex carbohydrates.  Energy gels are packaged in palm-sized packets for athletes to suck syrup into the […]

Honey Bees as Structural Pests

Here is text from “Honey Bees as Structural Pests” an article from The Utah Pest News, produced by the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab and Utah State University Extension. You can find the complete article at http://utahpests.usu.edu/files/uploads/UtahPests-Newsletter-fall11.pdf. Photo is also from their article. Honey Bee Hive Built in Ceiling The honey bees that established this hive in […]

Honey as Cough Syrup

Parenting Magazine ran an article on honey as cough syrup. Thought I’d share! This post is a copy of the article text. The photos are our own. Source: Parenting Magazine September 2011 by Alan Greene, M.D. In: Honey Out: DM Cough Medicine Parents spend billions on over-the-counter cough remedies, even though the American Academy of Pediatrics […]

It’s Swarm Time

Here is what a honeybee swarm looks like. Swarms are most common in the spring, but can happen all summer. Bees are at their most docile mood while swarming. Here is text from “It’s Swarm Time!” an article from The Utah Pest News, produced by the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab and Utah State University […]

Tips for Cutting Felt

Tips for Cutting Felt This week I made some cheerful felt pillows with felt circles and decided to share some tips for cutting felt. Washable markers work well for tracing patterns onto felt. (First, dip a small corner of the felt in water to make sure it wouldn’t bleed. Mine didn’t.) They rinse off very […]

Timberframe Project

Timber frame Project by Stan This winter our yard was full of timber frame. Stan was commissioned to build it for a friend. Here is what it looks like completed. Very nice! This is the structure of the center joint. And here is how the side joints fit together.   Fitted together. Now make sure […]

Bee Box Plans

DIY Bee Box Measurements Detailed measurements to build your own box, bottom board, frames, etc. A picture is worth 1,000 words in this case! Here is a detailed schematic of deep Langstroth bee box measurements. Hope this helps you handy men and women who want to build your own boxes. Zoom in for more details.

How to liquify crystalized honey

Tips about liquifying raw honey Most all honey will crystalize over time.  Raw honey forms a looser crystal structure than heated honey. It reminds me of whipped honey, but more dense. (It is delicious to eat with a spoon!)  Heated honey forms crystals which are sharper and more of what you think about when honey […]