Welcome to Sun Mountain Apiary
Despite the high temperatures, fall is around the corner and that means it's time to harvest the honey. All the rain we have had has been a mixed blessing. While it nurtured the flowers all summer long, every time it rains the bees lose not only that day to work, but it washes the nectar out of the flower so there is little to collect the following day. The "girls" had to work extra hard those nice days then for the honey we have collected. Overall, it is looking like a good harvest although the rain did keep down the volume somewhat.
Here is a nice frame of honey ready to have the wax capping taken off:
Next into our extractor. Ours is a variable speed 20 frame extractor and does a great job. This unit is made by one of the top manufacturers of honey processing equipment - Lyson made in Poland.
From the extractor it goes to the settling tank where the bits of wax will float to the top making filtering easier. We coarse filter meaning we remove the wax and occasional bee or bee wing but leave the natural goodness in the honey. On occasion you may see a yellow, orange or light red spec in your honey; that is just a piece of pollen the bees collected and stored in the honey. It's good for you! Here is the first honey flowing out of the settling tank and on its way to the bottling tank and bottling.
The shelves will be fully stocked this week and with all the rain the honey has remained fairly light and certainly delicious!
Stop by any day - the store is open from 9-5pm daily on a self serve basis. Bring a friend and let them see what pure, natural NY Grown and Certified honey tastes like!
See you soon and bee safe!
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In 2020 we went through the testing and inspection process to become a “NY Grown and Certified Honey Producer.” While all claim their honey is pure, and bees are the best, we decided to back the claims up with the documentation and inspections that prove we have healthy hives, excellent sanitation in extraction, and nothing but pure, raw NY local honey.
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