~The Process of Extracting Honey~

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!


About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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7 Responses to ~The Process of Extracting Honey~

  1. Amanda Evinger says:

    Hi Sandra and family,
    Michael and I enjoyed seeing your pictures…. You’ve really got quite
    a honey farm started!!!! Michael wants to know how sticky your house is!
    Ha ha… Maybe we can get a swarm of bees from you some day when
    we get settled in. I visited Jesus next door tonight, came back and shelled
    peas… I’m in heaven here in our new country house!

    • callensfarm says:

      Amanda, I am so glad you are enjoying the farm life at last! I remember well the beauty of Haymarsh, ND and still enjoy the photos of the rolling hills and pastures. The church is lovely there. Glad you enjoyed the photos and tell Michael no the house is not sticky, not even the honey house:)) Wouldn’t waste a drop.
      God bless you, come visit soon!

  2. molly says:

    love the pictures! Your girls are so beautiful!

  3. Jackie says:

    Really enjoy your blog, Sandra…. What a great incentive your family is to everyone….
    God Bless you all!

  4. Eve says:

    This is Eve in North Carolina. I have so enjoyed your blog, especially this one on honey extraction. Great pictures from start to finish! Thanks!!

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