Saturday, September 10, 2011

Honey Harvest 2011

We completed our honey harvest over the Labor-Day holiday weekend again this year. The weather cooperated and we received a moderate harvest from the two hives, one of which was a brand-new colony this year. The first video shows the decapping process where the wax caps are removed, exposing the raw honey for harvest.

The next video shows the raw honey coming from the centrifugal extractor and dropping into the straining bag that removes any leftover wax or bee parts. We use a rather large screen so that all the pollen passes through to the honey. Everything is done at room temperature. This year our total harvest was 81 pounds.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Vegetable Harvesting

Fresh yellow pear and sungold tomatoes

Fresh and canned roma tomatoes

Fresh peppers, green beans and romas