D's Bees

ALL ABOUT HONEY

WE ARE A SMALL, ARTISAN PRODUCER

We maintain about 12 to 15 hives per year on our 11.5 acres.  All of the honey comes from our hives and is bottled the same day we harvest it.  It is never heated and is filtered only by a strainer and gravity.   WE DO NOT SELL HONEY IN BULK or fill-your-own-container.   WE WILL NOT SHIP/SELL HONEY out of the state of Wisconsin.  As this is farming - some years are better than others and SUPPLY IS ALWAYS LIMITED.  When it's gone - it's GONE!  In years where the harvest is low - purchase online will be removed in order to supply our local customers visiting the studio.  Harvest is every year in/around September.

Continue to read below for MORE about honey....

Honey.  Raw.  Unprocessed.

Raw Unprocessed Wisconsin Honey

Raw, Unprocessed
Wisconsin Honey

Our honey is extracted once a year in late August.  All of it is bottled the same day it's extracted.  The only thing between you and this natural product (gift from the bees) is a strainer (gravity). There's nothing like it - "Fresh from the hive to your home." We're a small producer - we don't sell bulk quantities (buckets). There is a limited supply! 

REMINDER - we DO NOT SHIP HONEY out of the state of Wisconsin!

...a little NOTE about this NATURAL PRODUCT

Sorry - NO HONEY BEARS!!!! NO HONEY IN PLASTIC!!!. All of our honey is in GLASS JARS - which can be rewarmed from crystallization. Color and flavor variation is common from year to year...as the bees resources of nectar changes. Generally, the darker the honey - the more "flavorful". Remember that when you're enjoying your honey - you are TASTING A MOMENT IN TIME - that flower will never bloom again.

ALL REAL HONEY will CRYSTALIZE (turn solid/get sugary).  Crystallized honey has NOT "gone bad". Let's change our perception of of crystallization! "CRYSTALLIZATION IS A BADGE OF HONOR" - it means you have REAL HONEY (UNPROCESSED) FROM THE HIVE...and not through an INDUSTRIALIZED PROCESS. Many times, the honey from the store shelf doesn't crystallize because it's been HEATED (pasteurized), ULTRA-FILTERED and in worse case scenario, blended with corn syrup!

WARMING INSTRUCTIONS

You can return crystallized honey to a liquid state by simply WARMING IT.  Boil up a pan of water on the stove and immerse your bottle into it (loosen up the lid a little) - do not submerge.  We try not to heat it over 140 degrees or you are destroying the beneficial enzymes - the microwave is not recommended.  You can scorch or burn your honey.

More. on Honey.

Honey is not for babies!

Although honey is a natural, healthy food that normally doesn't support bacterial life, it can carry C. botulinum spores which may harm undeveloped immune systems of infants. Infants' (up to one year of age) immune systems are not yet developed enough to fend off this normally benign strain. By the age of one year, most children have developed enough to resistance. It should be noted that the botulism spore can also be found in dust, soil and other uncooked foods that older children and adults are exposed to daily. The risk is minimal. Yet, it is avoidable.

How do the bees MAKE honey?

Converting NECTAR into HONEY: The field bee draws NECTAR (80% water, 20% sugar) from the flower into her "nectar stomach". Her body adds enzymes that start converting the sugars. She returns to the hive and transfers it to a "storage bee". Her body adds enzymes. In the process of adding enzymes and fanning the moisture out....the bees turn NECTAR into HONEY (80% sugar, 20% water).

Our History with the Honeybee

Our history with the honey bee:bFor TENS of THOUSANDS of years - humans have kept bees close. The honeybee is THE ONLY INSECT that produces "FOOD" for human consumption.  As much as we adore THE HONEY - POLLINATION is worth 10 times the value of honey. It is said that EVERY THIRD BITE YOU EAT required pollination from a bee. (a third of our food supply)

Honey for Allergies

Honey FOR allergies!

There are many who claim to benefit from the daily intake of honey for allergy relief.  The concept behind such a claim is that - IN TAKING IN LOCAL HONEY (and mind - it should be as LOCAL as you can find it!), you're taking in the pollens from your environment - by taking IN the allergens - you're developing an "immunity" to it - or training your body.

ALL LOCAL, UNPROCESSED, RAW honey CONTAINS POLLEN.  In fact - if it's ever found that honey doesn't contain pollen (no point of origin)..it's what we call ADULTERATED - or I ask - is it honey at all?

WHY do the bees make honey?

Honey is their FOOD. Just like humans require a balance between carbohydrates (energy) and protein (body builders) - it's the same with the bees. Honey is their ENERGY - Pollen is their PROTEIN. They store this precious cargo away for when flowers no longer bloom (winter).

Why are there DIFFERENT COLORS?

The reason honey varies in both color and flavor is....FLOWERS VARY both seasonally and regionally.

BEST HONEY GRANOLA!
MICROWAVE RECIPE!

I almost always X 3 or X 4!  in the  MICROWAVE!

In a large microwave safe bowl combine:
2 cups regular rolled oats
1/2 cup HONEY
1/3 cup cooking oil - coconut oil adds a nice flavor
<stir up and put in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes>

<remove and stir-in /add>
baking spices of YOUR CHOICE: (1/2 to 1 tsp) cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, pumpkin pie spice, turmeric & black pepper for anti-inflammatory.
<stir up and put in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes>

after 6 minutes - the granola  should be getting DRIER. 

<remove and stir-in /add>
nuts of YOUR CHOICE: (~1/2 cup each) coconut, (unsalted) pecans, walnuts, etc.
<stir up and put in microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes>

THE MICROWAVE WILL ACTUALLY BROWN THE GRANOLA in the next few steps - so keep an eye on it!  if you want a softer / stickier granola, you might stop here and add your fruits.  for a crunchier, browned granola...go beyond the 9 minutes perhaps a minute at a time until you reach the desired doneness

<remove and stir-in /add>  no more cooking!
dried fruit of YOUR CHOICE: (~1/2 cup each) mixed dried, craisins, raisins, banana chips, papaya, etc

What IS honey?

Honey is concentrated flower nectar. Each bee only makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime - so when you look at a JAR of honey - you're looking at the POWER OF POPULATION (60,000 to 80,000 bees in each hive at it's summertime peak). (bee-power rather than man-power)

Know your beekeeper.

D's Bees Bee Hives

I'm passionate about beekeeping.
I'm the "D" in D's Bees.

Why/How did I get into beekeeping? Some winters ago - I "got a bee in my bonnet" and searched the net for beekeeping info. I'm an avid gardener and I thought that beekeeping would be a great way to GIVE BACK/contribute in a positive way to my environment (and provide for my own pollination!)

IN WISCONSIN - Support for all your questions regarding bees and beekeeping is CLOSER than you think! There are a variety of bee suppliers right here in Wisconsin as well as groups of beekeepers and clubs who will willingly share information with you.

Hire a local beekeeper to give a presentation at your school or organization. Bees ARE SO INNATELY INTERESTING - leave an extra hour for questions! And you may find with a little searching.

THERE ARE BEEKEEPING CLASSES offered in your area. Google search for "local beekeeping club".  Our beeclub offers beginning classes.  We find that our classes aren't ONLY for beginners - we have "old" beekeepers returning to brush up on skills.

The Ledge

You know the saying, "DO AS I SAY - NOT AS I DO"? Don't do what I did to get a start on beekeeping. GET TO KNOW ANOTHER KEEPER before you purchase equipment and find out what's available in your area. You both need and WANT the support - you will have DOZENS of questions - that can only be answered by one with experience

Our local club in Fond du Lac is:
ECWBA website/blog

Our bees forage an area of suburbia near Lake Winnebago.  It's full of set-aside grasslands and hardwood forest along the geological feature we call "the ledge".  Our immediate meadow lands and woodland is full of white clover and sumac and blooms all season long.  Spring water trickles from the ledge-rock in areas.  When the black locust trees are in blossom - you can literally HEAR THE TREES! In summer, the area is ABUZZ. Our Bees are SPOILED.  They have their own house and their keeper is diligent about keeping "issues" at bay.  Happy bees = Happy honey.

Bee the change.