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Welcome to September 2015! We’re going to be taking orders again for our yummy Scott County (MN) honey. It’s been a pretty good year ! May, July and August have all been good months for most floral crops, like alfalfa, buckwheat, dandelions, and lots of other wildflowers. As a special treat, 2015 had a good Basswood bloom (basswood, or Linden trees produce thousands of nectar-producing flowers in each tree) The basswood didn’t bloom in 2014, so we were all looking forward to that honey this year. Basswood honey has a slight greenish tinge to it, and a faint minty aftertaste…but more than anything, it’s just delicious. September means that the last of the goldenrod and small fall flowers are starting to fade, and the bees are getting ready for winter.

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Checking on Will’s Hive

The bees on Zweber Farm (Elko/New Market…where Willie’s hive is) and Sanders “Cinnamon Ridge” really worked their little hearts out to get flying and bring in nectar. Remember that a honeybee will only produce 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. But it’s time for harvest and extraction. We’ve had one hive on Zweber’s farm dedicated to my son Will, who was killed in a tragic train accident in September 2012. The hive in the pictures, was painted his favorite color , yellow. We’re harvesting the honey from that hive separately to keep this honey as special as possible. The bees turned this nectar into a wonderful, light honey that is medium-sweet with lots of floral notes. We’ve bottled that separately in vintage glass Muth jars, stoppered with a cork (and sealing band), and will be selling “Will’s Honey” at a slightly higher price. We are also going to track these sales separately and donate all profits  from the sales of these jars (1/2 lb and 1 lb) to the MN Aspergers Network .

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“Sunny Hunny”

The rest of our hives’s honey will be extracted, blended and bottled as “Sweetness Of Beeing” 2015 honey, and if early taste tests are any indication, this is going to be a really good year. If you’re in the Mpls/StP area, be sure to use the option code “pickup” in your PayPal cart to avoid shipping costs — we’ll be delivering in the Twin Cities metro. (Also, you may see a line item “tax” on your PayPal. This item is not tax, rather it helps cover the 3% credit card fees)

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