The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.


Beekeeping in the Blood

Written by Stephanie on March 26th, 2016.      0 comments

Grandads-HivesBees have always been a part of Martin's life, you could say that beekeeping is in his blood!  Martin's granddad always had hives to feed honey to his seven children, extended family and friends.  As you can see from the photo he had quite a few.  We're not sure when he started beekeeping or whether his father was also into beekeeping but the love of bees was passed down to Martin's dad and uncle.  They both enjoyed tending to their hives when they had families of their own.  Martin remembers as a young child the hand extraction in the garage with bees flying everywhere. He developed a keen interest himself in his teenage years and eventually inherited his dads hives.

Martin says "Bees are highly resilient creatures and very interesting to work with. Visiting remote & beautiful areas in the Waikato while looking after our bees is a joy and nothing beats the taste and aroma of honey from freshly waxed frames on a warm summer’s day".



 
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This Season's Honey is Harvested!

Written by Stephanie on March 19th, 2016.      0 comments

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We have just finished harvesting and extracting this season's honeys and thanks to our wonderful helpers who have assisted at each apiary location!  We couldn't have done it without you!  We are very lucky to have great family members and friends (and even friend's teenagers!) that make themselves available to help lift heavy boxes of honey off hives, onto trailers and then unload them at the honey house.  There's been some very long and exhausting days but it's been fun along the way. 


It hasn't been one of the best honey harvests but we are very thankful for what we do have. We will be able to pack at least one batch of each of these varieties of honey: Marokopa Spring, Marokopa Summer, Hakarimata, Kirikiriroa, Four Brothers Reserve, Ohui Manuka and Horsham Downs. It has been a bad season for manuka honey around the country so we are lucky to have a small batch of Ohui Manuka and we have just packed the last of the previous seasons Marokopa Manuka.

honey-harvest-2016-508You may have noticed our online honey store is looking a little bare at the moment,  please be patient with us while we pack the honeys.  It all takes time!  We use someone else's facilities to extract and pack our honeys and they are in the process of installing a new packing machine, so there will be delays.  We are incredible lucky to work with the best beekeepers / honey packers in the Waikato and very lucky to use their facilities.  We do need to fit around them to pack our honey but we hope to have the honeys available as soon as possible.  The first one to be packed will be Four Brothers Reserve!

 
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Win the Latest Good Magazine

Written by Stephanie on March 12th, 2016.      0 comments

We have the latest copy of the Good Magazine to give away.  Let us know on our Facebook page what bees are foraging on in your garden at the moment.  I know they are loving my mint flowers at the moment!

The March/April issue of Good has the overarching theme of seriously good fashion. They look at why and how fashion's footprint is getting lighter, through inspiring consumer-led movements like Child Labor Free.The new issue also features a piece on how to fill your home with joy; as well as a guide to edible flowers and growing them. They also travel to amazing Kerala, India and 
go glamping in NZ. And there’s a $1000 Icebreaker wardrobe up for grabs!  

The pages of the Good Magazine are always filled wonderful words and beautiful images created by a very passionate team and group of talented contributors. 
 
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