This Labor Day weekend at the Kinnison Farm brought our first harvest of Honey~ ohh the bees have done so well this year! Everyone told us we wouldn't get honey the first year, but we have had so much rain, and the bees are really thriving. They even raised a new queen about a month ago, and swarmed (been too busy to blog about that~ WHAT a sight!) Above you can see the 3 sections of our hive, the bottom two for pollen and brood, and the shallow one on the top is the honey super. (Emma painted flowers on it) Between it and the hive, you can see the bare wood queen extruder, that keeps her down in the hive and only allows the workers up in the honey super~ we don't want any wee babies in the honey!
I kept asking Josh if sticking his tongue out helped, and he said yep~ it did!
Once all the frames are spun, then the honey is strained thru a sieve into a bowl or bucket. This first sieve is rather large holed, but gets lot of the bigger wax chunks out.
We were really surprised at how much honey we got this year.