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2021Oct29
RawHoney2021
honeybee on clover

The price of packaging rose dramatically, which is why the prices have changed. PLUS, there are shortages of containers because of the global pandemic, which means those of you that prefer BPA-free plastic have more sizes to choose among.

Since it has been made abundantly clear to me that people like to pay less per unit when they buy larger quantities, I have given in to peer pressure. The unit price (per ounce) is listed on each size for your comparison convenience.

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I do not ship food or plants. Make an appointment to come to the farm to purchase your food OR talk to me about delivering it to you at NO EXTRA CHARGE when you purchase $50.00 worth or more. I can only sell/deliver in Western Missouri, so if you live in Kansas... we’ll have to discuss finding a place in Missouri for that.

You are welcome to come to the farm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (AS USUAL) to pick up your food. When you schedule your visit, it will help if you know what you want so I can have it ready for you. I do accept checks or cash. We work from home and therefore our exposure to the outside world is minimal...plus we are all vaccinated. If you wish, I am happy to pack your order and have it waiting for you (at a distance) in a cooler... just ask for "curbside service".

Very much like fine wine, each honey's flavor is created by the environmental conditions and influences of the nectars and pollens the bees collect in a given time frame. Therefore, each year -- and in this year, each collection -- has it's own personality. And, like fine wine, when it is packaged and stored properly, it never goes bad (even when it crystallizes). Want to taste test to see which you like best? No problem, contact me to schedule a taste test.

2020 RAW HONEY: A few jars are still available. Because we have been SO blessed with such an amazingly productive year for honey in 2021, I'm offering the remaining 2020 Honey at a DEEP Discount:

  • BPA-free Plastic Inverted Squeeze Bottle, 12 oz. (340 g) WAS $9.00, NOW $6.00 each
  • Glass Jar, 16 oz./1 lb. (454 g) WAS $11.75, NOW $8.75 each

Most of the jars of 2020 Raw Honey have crystallized and are perfectly fine to use that way, but they can be easily heated to restore the honey to a liquid state (heating will remove the benefits of it having been "raw" but will not change the flavor).

One colony in our apiary was particularly, ABUNDANTLY PRODUCTIVE in 2021. They started early and just kept at it! After storing enough for themselves, they stored enough honey for us to pull the supers off both in the Spring and again before Fall.*

SPRING 2021, RAW HONEY: The first extraction occurred BEFORE the clover was blooming, so this Spring Honey is really special.

FALL 2021, RAW HONEY: Another extraction in August means if you prefer clover and late season influences in the mix there is plenty of that in the Fall Honey.

Both the Spring and Fall 2021 are available in the following containers:

GLASS

Glass Jar, 16 oz./1 lb. (454 g) for $12.00 each (equals $0.75/ounce).

Glass Jar, 32 oz./2 lbs. (907 g) for $23.00 each (equals $0.72/ounce).

Raw Honey in Glass
   

BPA-FREE PLASTIC

12 oz. (340 g) BPA-free Plastic Inverted Squeeze Bottle for $10.00 each (equals $0.83/ounce).

16 oz./1 lb. (454 g) BPA-free Plastic Bottle for $12.00 each (equals $0.75/ounce).

32 oz./2 lbs. (907 g) BPA-free Plastic Bottle for $23.00 each (equals $0.72/ounce).

3 lb/48 oz. (1361 g) BPA-free Plastic Jug for $34.00 each (equals $0.71/ounce).

5 lb/80 oz. (2268 g) BPA-free Plastic Jug for $56.00 each (equals $0.70/ounce).

By the way, in case you are wondering:

In the pictures of the plastic packaging, you can see the air bubbles at the top of the honey that were created during the bottling process. You don't see that in the glass packaging because the lid covers the very top edge of the honey.

The coloring of the honey itself is consistent even though it looks different in the various package sizes. That apparent difference of coloring is created by several variables including the depth of each package size.

When comparing between glass and plastic packaging of the same quantity, you will note how much smaller the plastic bottles are and how much lighter overall. The reason is that the glass must be much thicker than the plastic to contain the honey inside.

To compare the packaging for size, see the image at the top of this page (the pictures at right are close-ups and do not show the true size of the bottles in comparison to each other).

All of the BPA-free plastic bottles come with flip-top lids.

*We keep meticulous records about the colonies/hives in our apiary so we can determine the health and productivity of each individual colony/hive. So when I tell you that we know which honey was pulled from which colony - you can be assured there is documentation to confirm that information.

12oz Raw Honey
16 oz Raw Honey BPAfree Plastic
32oz Raw Honey BPAfree Plastic
3lb Raw Honey BPAfree Plastic
5lb Raw Honey BPAfree Plastic

'21 SELECT RAW HONEY: The colony that created this honey appears to have considered quality more important than quantity. First they stored enough for their own needs and then they provided us with honey that has such an amazing flavor I wanted to keep the entire batch for myself. SERIOUSLY. Once I got over my own selfishness, I decided this honey deserved packaging as special as it is and, therefore, I am offering it to you in a GLASS CYLINDER with a hexagon design in ONE size: 12 OUNCE. Because with THIS honey quality is definitely more important than quantity (as the bees told us); and I am pricing it accordingly. This is the "cream of the crop", the "tip of the top", and if the price causes you pause, well then, it's mine. ;)

How to describe the flavor to you? It is honey with a depth of flavor/richness that is more familiar in molasses while not tasting like molasses per se. I'll describe my first experience with it, maybe that will help. The hubby called me to come taste it as it was pouring out of the extractor into the filter above the bucket. I was not excited about this because (as you may have correctly assumed) I taste A GREAT DEAL of honey and, while I love the flavor differences, I don't get all excited about any one particular batch. But he was excited, so ...
He put a toothpick into the stream of honey and then handed that toothpick to me. As soon as the honey touched my tongue I understood his excitement. Then, as the flavor lingered on my tastebuds, I was instantly transported back to childhood camping vacations with my family and the excitement of getting to have horehound candy all to myself.

What is horehound? It is an herb and, as far as I know, there isn't a great big patch of it anywhere near us. The plant is a member of the mint family and the flavor is often described as somewhere "between root beer and licorice". One thing I will tell you, is that I am looking for the plants to add to my garden, LOL.

And just so you know, the "horehound flavor" isn't overwhelming, it lingers for a moment in the after-taste (like an after thought). Describing the flavor of honey is similar to describing the flavor of wine. And this is definitely a honey I want to savor and "sip" all on its own.

12 oz. (340 g) Glass Cylinder for $15.00 each (equals $1.25/ounce).

I even attached a "tamper evident" strip to each jar that looks like this (except for the white behind the words - that is just for reading it here):

safteystrip
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OR

bring your own container

Bring Your Own (BYO) Favorite Honey Container and I will weigh it, fill it with honey, weigh it again, subtract the original weight and you pay only for the honey at $0.65/oz. This option is NO LONGER available for 2021 honey. If you want me to contact you when I have honey in storage buckets next year, contact me.

I am also happy to sell business-2-business (B2B) where applicable. This means you are using my honey as part of your value-added-product. Contact me for special B2B pricing (whether already packaged or BYO container).

***I DO NOT sell honey wholesale (meaning my honey is repackaged to be sold under someone else's brand).***
***If you are looking for cheap honey to sell retail, you have come to the wrong place.***



 


RAW PROPOLIS - currently available at $8.00 per ounce. This is directly from the hive, use it as is or to make your own tincture. You are responsible for cleaning any bug and/or wood bits from it. Compare my price to prices on-line for processed propolis ($10 and up). Save yourself some money by doing the work.

BEES WAX - available in cosmetic grade 1 oz. (28.34 g) ingots at $1.25 each. Use pure beeswax to make your own products! I did a search on-line to establish pricing and found it ranges vastly. I picked a price at the lower end of the spectrum. If you are interested in large quantities of commercial grade, contact me for pricing and availability.

As things "ramp up" in the beekeeping area, I will be adding other bee related products.


OUR APIARY HISTORY

All our honey is considered "wildflower" because it is made from wherever the honeybees forage and not from one specific type of nectar (like "clover" or "almond"). There is a great deal of biodiversity in the 5 mile radius the honeybees travel so the flavor is a pleasant surprise every time we extract the extra honey.

My bee hives produced excess honey for the first time in 2015. The bees did not produce any excess honey for the 2016 season.
The 2017 honey was light and flavorful and very well received.

I WAS SO HAPPY happy to be able offer honey again from the Fall of 2018! That year's honey was harvested a bit later (in September) and so the color is a deep amber and the flavor was *A*M*A*Z*I*N*G*! (If I do say so myself, LOL.) I added a couple more labels to remind you NOT to give Raw Honey to children under 1 year of age AND that all Raw Honey crystallizes and that doesn't change it's nutritional value, flavor, etc. Instructions on how to liquify your crystallized honey is the other new label.

I had hoped to have at least 3 times more honey to sell in 2018 (we had 3 times more mature hives going into the Spring), but between the CRP next to the farm being torn out (so many mature flowering trees destroyed), climate change and drought; we harvested only about 1/3 more honey than 2017.

As for 2019, we lost 6 hives that Spring and that left us with 3. The 2018 drought combined with the long Winter and the REALLY wet Spring have really knocked the honeybees for a loop. Even our remaining hives struggling and, therefore, it is more important to us that they survive than provide us with honey to sell to you. This meant there was NOT a 2019 harvest of honey.

We were ever so grateful to have honey available again in 2020. The supers were FULL by July and that year's honey was light and amazingly clear (these are good things). The flavor perhaps a bit more delicate than the 2018, but that is expected because the nectars harvested did not include any fall plants and explains why it crystallized sooner than expected.

This 2021 season has been abundant for us. We hear from other beekeepers that where they are there has been little to no honey flow. We are doubly grateful that we are able to offer honey this year. In fact, we are offering two (2) batches: Spring (with very little clover contribution) and Summer with LOTS of clover contribution), so be sure to specify which batch you want.

 


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