Well another month has flown by! Autumn certainly feels like it has arrived with cold days and the trees starting to change too. It felt especially cold at Market Bosworth Farmers Market where a hat was needed, a sign of things to come!
Most of our hives have been moved back to their wintering site now as well. I personally like to winter my hives in one large area, I can make sure they are safe and secure, check on them all regularly and most importantly I can make sure they have ample food and feed quickly and easily where necessary.
This month has seen Christine (My Mum, many of you will have met her at farmers markets) and I working in the honey room jarring honey! Part of the services we offer for beekeepers is extracting and jarring honey as we have a great 5* food hygiene rated honey processing facility. The particular contract that has been our focus over the past two weeks was for around 1200 jars as a trial for a potentially larger order in the new year!
It is just over a year since we started offering honey extracting and jarring services but the past month has really seen an increase in demand which is great news and a job that gets me out of the cold, for now at least. We offer a number of different services from simply extracting the honey from the comb into buckets through to jarring and labelling, you can find more info – HERE
It is also the time of year I start planning next season, what equipment I will need and what my targets are for 2021. I am planning on a slightly smaller expansion this coming year but one that will hopefully see me with 150 hives by the end of 2021 and probably as many colonies as I can look after on my own! I will need a lot more equipment to manage this number of hives so my winter will be spent in the workshop building hives and frames! Certainly an exciting year ahead!
This month’s Markets, please do come along and support ourselves and fellow market traders!
- Buzzards Valley Artisan Market – Buzzards Valley B78 3EQ – 11th October 10am – 2pm
- The Open Air Country Fair – Planters Garden Centre B78 2EY – 17 & 18th October 10am – 4pm
- Market Bosworth Farmers Market – Market Bosworth main square – 25th October 9am – 1:30pm
Holt Hall Apiary