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It is now the beginning of the 2015 farming season! Wow the warm begining has got our bees roaring to go with gathering pollen and finding flower nectar. Here are a couple of pictures I took Earth Day 2014.
 
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Here's a picture of Bruce flame weeding the carrot furrows in May 2015.
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Here is a picture of a new product we now offer--Raw Spun Honey!

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How did we get started offering "raw spun honey"? We started out thinking that we had a "problem" with some honey that crystalized extremely quickly.But this unusual situation turned out to be a wonderful discovery.

Here's what we think happened: last year we grew more sunflowers and asters for the farmer's market, than in previous years. Also while the wildflowers were in bloom, we were having a lot of rain over several weeks on our farm. After the wildflowers were past their nectar flow our annual flowers were in full bloom. We think because of the timing and the rains, our bees were on our sunflowers and asters almost exclusively. There seem to be unusually high numbers of bees on these flowers and on the campanula, more than previous years. Then when I harvested the honey, I noticed it was already starting to chrystalize right in the comb! The remainder that I was able to extract, also chrystalized in less than a week!

--We thought this was a problem then we learned about spun honey!

 

This is how we prepare our raw spun honey:

We carefully warm up the crystalized honey in a glass double boiler, while stirring constantly and using a candy thermometer to keep the warmed honey below hive temperature (roughly human-body temperature). During this process we have a cold pot ready to cool down the warming honey if the temperature rises too quickly, alternating between warming and cooling to control the liquification. The honey never becomes completely liquified in this process because the temperature is kept lower than what is required to completely liquify it. When it reaches a smooth pourable consistency, we cool it down just to the point when it becomes slightly difficult to pour, then we pour it into jars. Because we keep the honey below hive temperature during this process, we believe that all important components in the raw honey remain viable and intact. This honey is not pasturized nor filtered.

We are able to make small batches in this process, roughly seven 11oz jars or 15-16 smaller 5oz jars. If you are interested in buying our honey please go to our "Abeille Alaska" store, where we are now selling all of our beeswax and honey-related products.