Yesterday was a very long day on the Callens Farm. It started with the regular chores at 6:00 a.m., and before it ended at 12:30 a.m. today, we had harvested a sample of our first honey and sheared 32 head of lambs. We only pulled off one 10 frame super and it was very efficient working in the butcher shop/honey shed. Not a single bee found us in the building and it was a real treat having hot water readily available. The bees were very calm and nobody received a sting. The super was taken from one of our new hives of Minnesota Hygienic bees. We really like the Minnesota Hygienic bees as they seem to be vigorous and very productive.
I took photos from start to finish of the process of extracting honey, which you can see below. Hopefully, it will give those of you that don’t raise bees yet, a good idea of how it is done. And to those who will be buying our honey, you can see how it was harvested, right here in Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota….USA. Nothing added, guaranteed! This was just a small sample and trial run, using our new facility. The flavor of the honey is incredibly delicious. Enjoy the photos!