Yes this year I did the harvest all on my own and then invited the community over to our house to take part and share in the sweetness with us!
Everything kind of happened in several stages over the course of the past 2 weeks, starting with making sure that the honey was ready to be taken and then taking it over the course of several days, the last of it being taken about 4 days ago.
The bees, considering what they went through this year, many of the hives being swarm splits and queenless at certain points did amazingly well!
As you can see below there were many many frames full of fully capped honey for us to take, BUT having said that it is important to leave quite a bit of honey for the bees so they do not starve over the winter. This being my first year “robbing the bees” of their honey I had a bit of reading up to do to make sure that I did not take too much!
Luckily last year when Nao moved to Honey Grove she sold me her small honey extractor so I was all set up for the harvest!
I am not sure which was more fun for the kids having a crank on the extractor, or getting to fill up their own jars of honey!
What has made your summer sweet?