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Honey Harvest 2020 Commences

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The Lynnville side of the operation started extracting a few days ago. The image above is the the first load they hauled in from the yards. Over on the Mount Vernon side of things we once again had a few equipment related items to remedy before committing to a building stacked with honey to extract. […]

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Honey Crop Update — July 2020

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We always wonder if there will be a surplus honey crop. Average yields fluctuate annually, the exact timing of the surplus flows shifts around by weeks, and there is always the sad possibility of an utter dearth when we harvest nothing substantial. The good news? We don’t have an utter dearth for 2020! Phil has […]

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Honey Flow Potential: June 2020

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June is almost always a time of great hope for an impressive honey flow in Iowa. As the image above shows, we’ve been running around getting boxes on everything in hopes of catching some early surplus honey. Andrew has enjoyed climbing around the trucks and making “steps” of the boxes so that he can get […]

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The Ideal Bloom? Almonds 2020

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Almond bloom is exploding into a beautiful scene for bees and beekeepers. When we pulled into this orchard several days ago, there were no open blooms. As the image above shows, large portions of this orchard are now fully open and enticing millions of bees to visit. Forager after forager is coming home loaded with […]

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Almond Blossoms! California 2020

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Almond pollination is officially underway in the orchards where our bees are located. In the image above, I count six pollen carriers, though one of them is disappearing into the entrance rather than standing around with the others. The orchard with the load from Pella is in substantial bloom, especially in the younger half of […]

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AHPA 2020: Ebert Honey Sacramento

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The American Honey Producers Association is holding its annual convention in Sacramento. Founder Phil started coming to this conference roughly fifteen years ago; we think it was 2004. In more recent years, Alex and I joined the annual bee people party. This year’s conference was the first time that all three of us have been […]

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Beeswax to the Max!

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Our beeswax business has turned out to be more substantial than we planned or even imagined. We’re still smalltimers compared to the giants of the industry, but we do enjoy handling many thousands of pounds of pure beeswax. A lot of folks probably don’t have experience with nature’s wax. There are a ton of paraffin/petroleoum […]