C’s parents have a bee hive on their property. We go down once a year to help her harvest her hive and in return we get a bunch of yummy honey. She split her hive twice this year (because they are doing really well) and is giving us one of them!! We head down next weekend to pick up a deep freeze, harvest her hive, pick up our hive, and help his parents around the house a bit. We absolutely love his parents. I really feel like they are my second parents, not just people I happen to have to be related to because we are married. We are very excited to be going to visit them, plus it’s a long weekend so we don’t have to rush to get there and back.
In preparation for us having this hive we have joined the local bee association. We had our first meeting last night and it was so much fun. There is something about bee people that I really like. They are all pretty happy people, and are super laid back. We learned how to properly harvest (there were some things we were not doing right), strain it, check the moisture content of the honey, really cool stuff. We even got to taste different honeys. It was very cool. We can’t wait to go back, and the best part is it only costs $5 per family per year to join. We are extremely excited to get our bees. We were out on the property today and there were 0 honeybees to be seen and a ton of flowers and clover, meaning that there really aren’t enough bees out here. Hopefully the bees will make the move well, survive the winter, and next year we will be harvesting some of our own honey too. We also are looking into what we need to do to sell our honey as well. Add that to the list of stuff we will have at our market of goods!!