This past Saturday Jason and Angie Bosler of Bosler’s Honey dropped off four hives at Wholesome Valley Farm.The hives were placed next to the future vegetable field. The honeybees, along with native pollinators will spend their summer pollinating the zucchini, melons, peppers, and tomatoes.
The type of flowers that bees collect nectar from influence the taste and color of the finished honey. The difference in color between the two bottles below is a result of harvesting at different times with different flowers in season.
In late summer the beekeepers will inspect the frames to see if the honey is ready to harvest. If the majority of the comb is capped the frame will be removed and the top layer of comb will be cut with a hot knife to reveal the honey. Frames will then be placed in a honey extractor that used centrifugal force to remove the honey without damaging the comb.
The honey is then filtered and bottled. Bosler’s Honey is raw, meaning it is not processed or heated in any way. Heat destroys beneficial enzymes in honey.
When the temperatures start to drop in the fall Bosler’s will come and collect the hives and move them to a safer place to overwinter.
Honey has an infinite shelf life. Raw honey will crystallize over time, but it never lasts that long in our house.