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Harvest Time Is Here!

Well just like that the end of the season is looming over us! It seems only 5 minutes since we were moving bees out to sites for the Oil Seed Rape back in March and what a mixed season we have had. Cold damp start followed by a hot, very hot and then cool but extremely dry summer. I can barely keep up as the weather changes yet again! 

This month I feel like I’ve been away from the bees doing paperwork almost as much as looking after the bees themselves. We have been working towards ‘Safe and Local Supplier Approval’ (SALSA) a food safety accreditation that will allow us to sell into bigger chains and even some supermarkets. It’s not just for us though, we are planning to do even more jarring for other honey brands as we move forward. I’m happy to say that all the paperwork paid off and we passed our rigorous audit last week after producing 104 new policies, procedures and record sheets, a massive relief! 

As well as paperwork we have been busy getting harvest underway! We have only harvested from two of our site so far but we are ready for the next few over the next week. 

We have helped South Staffordshire Beekeeper Association by harvesting their fantastic haul and we jarred some of it for them as well! How amazing do these 1lb jars look?!

Away from harvesting we have been at markets and shows pretty much every weekend through July which have been well attended and a massive thank you to everyone who has been and supported us! 

I’m going to keep this months blog short and sweet, if you ever have questions about bees, beekeeping or honey then send us an email to info@holthallapiary.co.uk and we will feature it in our next blog!

Come along and see us at Market Bosworth Farmers Market on the 4th Sunday August 9am- 1:30pm

 

Matthew Ingram
Holt Hall Apiary

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