Marching Along with Fewer Flowers

Not a lot of time to post today, but I thought I’d put up a picture of our actual products since it’s pretty rare that they show up in the blog. We switched to the barn label a good number of years ago. It’s not really bee-oriented imagery, but it has won strong acceptance in our Iowa market–I presume the agricultural feel makes it a good match for where we are located. We also handle a lot of wax in both filtered and unfiltered forms. A few of the pretty filtered blocks of yellow wax appear in this image:

With regard to the honey report, the excitement tamed down in eastern Iowa when we got several heavy rains that were not widely spaced. Back in the Lynnville area it sounds like there wasn’t as much rain or slowdown. My bees haven’t totally stopped producing, and the weather has improved for the past few days. The bloom is really fading, however. A few of the later yellow flowers are coming on in the ditches, but the soybeans and clovers are much weaker than they were ten days ago. There is usually a lull of at least two-three weeks between the main summer flow and the potential (but often unrealized) flows of late summer/fall.

Nonetheless, I did capture further evidence of the red clover being friendly to us this year: