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.


You Look After The Environment More Than You Know When Eating Sweetree Honey!

Written by Stephanie on December 21st, 2018.      0 comments

Thanks to everyone that ate Sweetree honey this year, you stopped 10,000 plastic pottles going into the landfill this year alone by eating your honey out of glass jars instead of plastic ones!  Your old glass jars are now being re-used or recycled which is fantastic!  

But believe it not you have done more than that!  Did you know that most beekeepers have plastic hiveware, such as plastic honey frames, in their hives??  What happens to this hiveware at the end of it's life?  It goes in the landfill!  Let alone what plastic residue is going into the honey and beeswax (it's gets pretty hot in a beehive on a hot summers day)!  
 
Sweetree Spring Harvest frame 1-390made a decision right from the start to avoid plastic for our honey, not just the end product but all the way through the process.  It's so important for our customers health, the bees health and the health of our planet!

The plastic frames are so popular with beekeepers now many of the major suppliers don't even promote or sell the wooden frames any more.  It does cost us a lot more to have the old fashioned wooden frames but it's worth it!  

It does concern me that there are millions of plastic frames out there that will end up in the landfill so when talking to beekeepers try and get them to go back to the good old wooden frames!  We all need to start caring about this issue!

Thanks for supporting us and our planet!
 

Purchase Sweetree honey with no plastic

Topics: Enviromental
 

Don't Worry if You've Missed Ordering Online Before Christmas!

Written by Stephanie on December 14th, 2018.      0 comments

We have snuck away for a little break before Christmas, as we'll be busy beekeeping over the holidays.  We will not be sending any orders from midday 14th December until 3rd Jan.  But don't worry you can still purchase our honeys at your local stockist and Martin will be at the Hamilton Farmers Market on Sunday 16th December!  We will also have our full range of honey, pollen, gift boxes, HoneyWraps and bee friendly seeds at the Farm Shop in Gordonton Village.  Here are their hours up until Christmas:


The Farm Shop, 1060 Gordonton Road, Gordonton Village Hours:

Wed 12th Dec   10am to 5.30pm
Thur 13th Dec   10am to 5.30pmChristmas Decoration
Fri    14th Dec   10am to 5.30pm
Sat 15th Dec     9am to 4pm
Sun 16th Dec   10am to 3pm
Mon 17th Dec   10am to 5pm
Tues 18th Dec   10am to 5pm
Wed 19th Dec   10am to 5.30pm
Thur 20th Dec   10am to 5.30pm
Fri 21st Dec       10am to 5.30pm
Sat 22nd Dec    9am to 5pm
Sun 23rd Dec   10am to 5pm
Xmas Eve (24th)  9am to .........

As you can see they will be running 13 days straight to the build up to Christmas Eve!  Thanks team!


 
 

Buzzy Time of Year!

Written by Stephanie on December 11th, 2018.      0 comments

This is one of our busiest times of the year, getting the hives all sorted for the new season ahead.  Making sure they are healthy and strong, moving them to where they need to be to collect that delicious honey and making sure they have plenty of supers (honey collecting boxes) to store the honey.  We've had to move a lot of hives this season to re-arrange apiary locations, which has added a lot more work than usual.  Since Martin works full-time during the week, on his normal job, his weekends are rather busy, it's not uncommon for him to get home 11pm or later and back out at 5am the next morning.  Thank goodness one our our son's has finished school for the year so is Martin's right hand man at the moment!  They are enjoying the special father and son time travelling to and from apiary sites.

 
These hives are heading out to our Hakarimata and Kirikiriroa sites.
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