Many people are enjoying the warmest winter in their entire lifetime, but this one has a different feeling to it for some long-time beekeepers and fruit growers across the northern USA. The seasons are changing rapidly—last year featured the longest growing season ever in many areas, and now there's a complete breakdown of winter-like weather in mid season. While it feels comfortable to be outside without a jacket when spring comes almost a month early, this bizarre turn of events is not so awesome for beekeepers and fruit growers.
Each spring for hundreds of years, beekeepers take advantage of the honeybees' biological urge to expand and grow as winter turns into spring and the bees respond to incoming tree pollen, which allows them to raise new bees and plentiful frames of brood.
These excess bees raised early in the season in warmer climes form the backbone of the supply of bees for hobbyists and small beekeepers in the USA. Package bees and nucs, or nucleus hives, are the typical way beekeepers obtain bees to replace their losses over winter.
Honey cake is a traditional treat for December, the last month before the new year. It is said this brings good luck and sweetness to the new year ahead! Our special creamed honey (a unique melt-in-your-mouth texture) made this an amazingly moist cake that you've got to try.
These real dandelion tea cupcakes with honey cream cheese frosting rely on the Ames Farm Dutch Clover Honey variation and are best served with the raw honey itself. Minnesota June blossoms captured by bees, this honey tastes similar to caramel.