2022 Moore County locally produced honey is back in stock and ready to ship.
Honey harvest is in full swing. Got about half of the honey off the hives and about 25% extracted. The freak hailstorm a few weeks ago shut down the tulip poplar flow. Good thing the early flow was prolonged due to mild temps and abundant rain in the weeks prior. This years harvest so far has been composed of the early nectars- holly, wisteria, privette, cherry laurel, wild black cherry and others. The character is quite floral and light golden/ pale yellow in color.
There has been an unusually high demand for comb honey, so this season, ill hold back a few extra boxes.
Been a while since an update. Been busy installing new colonies. Set up a total of 25 new colonies. The bees came in through winter and had a hearty build up. They are busting at the seams. Hives that came through winter in 2 or 3 boxes now have up to 8. Light holly and other wild flower flow noted about 3 weeks ago. The fragrance was phenomenal. Still waiting on the tulip poplar to pop. Checked the tree tops with binoculars this evening and the flower buds are there, but unopened. Cant be much liger.
The past two weeks were spent assessing the bee colony strength, adding pennies underneath the innercover to promote air flow and a moisture escape route. Additionally, to each hive I added pollen and sugar blocks as supplemental food.
Colonies were strong overall, but there were a few that were on the weaker side. Nothing to do now but keep fingers crossed.
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Currently doing some last minute mite treatments prepping the bees for winter in order to produce the finest local honey and raw honey.
After a decent number of frigid winter nights and mild to moderately cold days, here we are. We have experienced some bee cony losses due to the ineffectiveness of our mite treatments. We opted for a different approach two to three years ago and have had not so good luck with it. 2020 will be a return to a combination of treatment methods. The mites affect the bees ability to regulate their body temp and after a few cold snaps, they dont survive.
We still have fifty percent more production hives in the works than we had last year, so definitely hoping for a bountiful spring. Stay tuned.
The bees are continuing to build up for spring. Most hives are strong with only about two that are behind. Spring is coming early, so i am expecting an early and rapid build up.
Custom artwork by Jenay Jarvis.
A gift basket presented to the Afghan ambassador to the US contained a Muth jar of Dees Bees honey. The basket was presented at the 2019 annual meeting of The Patriot Foundation, a Gold Star family support organization, based in Pinehurst NC.
Dees Bees donated $500, in memory of the fallen SF soldiers, to the Hamlet Seaboard Festival 5k RTCC scholarship. The scholarship is need based and is supported by proceeds from the 5k. The donated funds were raised with sales of a special Pineland Honey Co product which was marketed exclusively at Armandos Grill, a local lunch spot for the Special Forces candidates who train at Camp McKall. Pineland is the fictitious country which is the training area for the SF candidates.
Also, in 2019, Dees Bees donated $100 to Gracies Heart, to support a local heart transplant candidate.