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Honey Pie Hives & Herbals It’s already the end of January but not too late for me to wish you a Happy New Year! We have so many exciting plans for the year ahead! We are finally going to open our farm to the public. We’re fixing up the entrance to our workshop and making a little store here. Hives And Alcoholism i have a sign to paint – something I enjoy doing.

People are oftenconfused and then amazed by the idea of flavoured honey. We don’t use any flavourings – just ground organic ginger cinnamon cocoa etc. The moisture in the honey releases the flavour of the ground spice and it becomes tastier over time.

If all goes according to plan we hope to build a solar herb dryer/greenhouse this year so we may be able to start our own lemon basil as well as other seedlings this year. It’s very lemony as well but with the spiciness of basil. I harvest the flowers every few days during the summer.

We were also at the Midsummer Herbfest in Almonte and in Picton at the Women’s Institute Craft Sale. We’re building a new solar herb dryer. This is the beginning of the process.

We use rose hips in our Catarrh Tea for their high vitamin C content. These are some herbal oils I made last summer. Photo by Lisa Kannakko.

I didn’t manage to catch any honeybees on it but I think they did visit the roses. The Madame Hardy rose I ordered wasn’t available because of a crop failure. These are made with the whey from yogurt which you get by draining the yogurt in cheesecloth for a few hours. From a litre of yogurt you can get over a cup of whey and you’re left with a thick cream cheese like stuff that is delicious. Here’s the basic recipe: 1/4 cup of whey 1/4 cup honey 2 litres of liquid – I use herbal tea optional – 1 cup of cooked fruit – blueberries are good juice of a lemon 4 tablespoons of grated ginger Let it sit on the counter in a glass jar with a lid on for three or four days. Strain and refrigerate and drink.

We planted them about five years ago. They are beautiful in their husks – like fairy hats. I would like to make a hazelnut cake with them for Hazel’s birthday this year.

She has done a lot of honey extracting this summer and it’s not over yet. It’s hot sticky work but she’s so happy about it she wants to get her own bees! We love you Katie! Here’s a recent shot of honey

bees collecting nectar from an oregano flower. We use this oregano in our Spicy Italian herbal seasoning.

We are delighted to offer this pungent dark strong honey. The buckwheat was grown by the good folks at Cherry Vale Organic Farm just down the road from us. This is our second year harvesting hazelnuts from our trees.

We’ve got stacks of buckets of honey waiting to be bottled. This bee is enjoying the nectar of the borage flower – used in our Blues Tea. I love the fuzzy stems and leaves of borage – known as the glad herb.

I also ordered the Apothecary Rose and the Maiden’s Blush Rose. I planted 3 Rosa Rugosa – in the photo below with lots of pollinators- last year and thought I’d try some other varieties this time. My plan is to harvest the rose hips eventually but for now they’re still not producing

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very many.

We put down cardboard and landscape fabric and got a load of gravel dumped on top. This is to keep the weeds from growing through the gravel. Stay tuned for more photos of the process.

We’ve got stacks of buckets of honey waiting to be bottled. This bee is enjoying the nectar of the borage flower – used in our Blues Tea. I love the fuzzy stems and leaves of borage – known as the glad herb.

We’ve enjoyed all the events we’ve been to at Small Pond including making shadow puppets watching a shadow puppet show Stickfest Cornography and just going for a walk in their woods on the art path. I just couldn’t resist snapping a photo of the Hives And Alcoholism laundry line full of napkins and tea towels and things with the fall colours looking so beautiful. The path into our woods is right under the laundry line so Ialways feel like the laundry is a kind of fluttering banner pointing the way into a magical world. Our woods is the kind of place you can find giant marshmallows growing I mean giant puffball mushrooms. We told Hazel and Rowan we would sell any puffballs they found and they could keep the money.

We’ve been eating a lot of dandelion greens this year. I add them to salad saute with garlic puree in soup and bake in quiche. Dandelion helps you detox so it’s a good spring cleanser.

If all goes according to plan we hope to build a solar herb dryer/greenhouse this year so we may be able to start our own lemon basil as well as other seedlings this year. It’s very lemony as well but with the spiciness of basil. I harvest the flowers every few days during the summer.

Stay tuned for more details.

Here’s the winning photo from my photo shoot of my new greeting cards for our website. I got my favorite photos of honey bees on flowers made into blank greeting cards. They’ve been selling very well – I’m so thrilled! I even made a calendar with the photos and sold out! This year I’ll make the calendar a bit earlier in the year – I had it ready by the end of November but that was a bit late for some people.

They are Ginger and Chocolate. They’ve been getting rave reviews and our always popular Cinnamon honey is starting to feel threatened. People are oftenconfused and then amazed by the idea of flavoured honey. We don’t use any flavourings – just ground organic ginger cinnamon cocoa etc.

The moisture in the honey releases the flavour of the ground spice and it becomes tastier over time. I like the ginger honey in a cup of hot lemon and honey. I love this photo of Hazel playing the electric guitar. She really knows how to hang around all day in her jammies! When we’re not hibernating in our ajamas we do a bit of sledding in Picton.

We have two new flavoured honeys available. They are Ginger and Chocolate. They’ve been getting rave reviews and our always popular Cinnamon honey is starting to feel threatened. People are oftenconfused and then amazed by the idea of flavoured honey. We don’t use any flavourings – just ground organic ginger cinnamon cocoa etc.

I think it looks so beautiful with all the colours mixed randomly in the field. This is my honey man with the hives at the Prince Edward County Lavender Farm. Here’s our Hazel posing at the Lavender Farm’s lavender festival.

Strain and refrigerate and drink. In this photo you can see I left the herbs in the tea while it fermented. You can strain it before or after fermenting and it’s fun to try both. The jar on the right is our Catarrh tea and the one on the left is nettles with ginger and cranberries. I didn’t cook the cranberries but next time I would to get more flavour.

The trilliums in our woods were attracting a lot of honey bees. I lay down on the forest floor to photograph them. The sound of bees buzzing all around me was gentle and lovely. They were gathering lots of bright yellow pollen from the trilliums as you can see on the bee’s hind leg. You have to walk carefully through the grass when the dandelions are blooming. The bees love dandelions and harvest a bright orange pollen from them.

I like the ginger honey in a cup of hot lemon and honey. I love this photo of Hazel playing the electric guitar. She really knows how to hang around all day in her jammies! When we’re not hibernating in our pajamas we do a bit of sledding in Picton.

Honey Pie Hives & Herbals It’s already the end of January but not too late for me Hives And Alcoholism to wish you a Happy New Year! We have so many Hives And Alcoholism exciting plans for the year ahead! We are finally going to open our farm to the public. We’re fixing up the entrance to our workshop and making a little store here. I have a sign to paint – something I enjoy doing. It’s beautification time at Honey Pie World Headquarters. No more living in a secret location for us. We will have an official Grand Opening in June to celebrate all things honey and herbs.

She has done a lot of honey extracting this summer and it’s not over yet. It’s hot sticky work but she’s so happy about it she wants to get her own bees! We love you Katie! Here’s a recent shot of honey bees collecting nectar from an oregano flower. We use this oregano in our Spicy Italian herbal seasoning.

We planted them about five years ago. They are beautiful in their husks – like fairy hats. I would like to make a hazelnut cake with them for Hazel’s birthday this year. They should be cured just in time for her birthday which is Christmas day. The kids and I had such a great time at Small Pond Arts scarecrow festival. We made this handsome fellow on a very windy fall day.

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