December 2017 – The Year in Review

Loss – Alot of changes at the farm this year included the loss of my beloved German Shepherd, Eisen who we had to put to sleep in March.  He was 12 1/2 years old and lived a good, long life and will be greatly missed. Farewell my faithful friend! New Beginnings – For Mother’s Day my daughters got me …  – a new puppy!  A male AKC German Shepherd who I named Ryker.  He is a wonderful companion and will hopefully make a great Schutzhund or IPO prospect.  At nine months, he has a great, solid temperament, is very athletic, Continue Reading →

2017 Spring Bling at Ida Lee Park

Please join us at the Spring Bling at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg, Virginia on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  The show is indoors and starts at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.  We will be featuring our honey, hand-made custom decorated cookies, cookie bouquets and Spring and Easter themed gifts. Spring Bling at Ida Lee in Leesburg, VA Date: Saturday 3/4/2017 Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm Location: Ida Lee Park Recreation Center Leesburg, Virginia  20175 Address:  60 Ida Lee Dr, NW  Leesburg, Virginia 20176 This juried show features over 90 local and regional artisans selling handmade items including Continue Reading →

Holiday Gifts

Still Time to Order for Family & Friends We have plenty of honey and fine tea from Harney & Sons.  So order a sweet gift for your family, friends or loved ones.  Choose from our holiday collection of teas or other teas and convenient “purse size” tagalong tea tins that we have in stock.  Order now while supplies last!  Go to our online store to order. Stocking Stuffers, Candy & Specialty Items Choose from our premium gift boxes, baskets and bags.  Add accessories like Honey Dippers, Honey Stix, Honey Teaspoon Stirers, Hot Chocolate Spoons and Cinnamon Stick Candy Stir Sticks.  Continue Reading →

What is Crystallized Honey?

How Honey Crystallizes Honey is a super-saturated sugar solution, containing primarily the sugars glucose and fructose.  After honey has been extracted from the comb, eventually the glucose will begin to precipitate out, forming solid crystals.  Once the crystals begin to form, they rapidly spread throughout the honey.  The granulated honey may appear to be solid, but in fact the granulation process creates a latticework of glucose sugar crystals, with the other components of the honey remaining in a liquid state. It’s a Natural Process Virtually all types of RAW honey will crystallize in time. Some types of honey may crystallize Continue Reading →

The Shelf Life of Honey

Found an interesting article from the SMITHSONIAN that explains the history and science behind the shelf life of honey. The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life A slew of factors—its acidity, its lack of water and the presence of hydrogen peroxide—work in perfect harmony, allowing the sticky treat to last forever.  Article By:  Natasha Geiling | SMITHSONIAN.COM  | AUGUST 22, 2013 Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved. Through millennia, the archeologists discover, the food remains unspoiled, an unmistakable testament to the eternal shelf-life Continue Reading →

Sweet Holiday Gifts

Give your family and friends a sweet treat this holiday season.  Our pure, local honey comes packaged in lovely Christmas boxes.  Choose from our specialty vintage glass  “Muth” jars, Hex jars or our Classic Queen Line jars in glass or plastic.  Our three honey bears also are a big favorite for gift giving.  Specialty teas and spiced pecans can be added to our gift sets to make wonderful business appreciation gifts for your clients too.  Click here for our latest Holiday brochure      

Traveling Bee Hives

Last Wednesday, 9/10/14, I traveled down to the Richmond area to deliver two bee hives to my sister.  The hives were securely strapped to our trailer and a mosquito net was draped around the hives to prevent any strays from wandering off.   I got alot of strange looks when driving down to Louisa, Virginia.  I guess it was odd to see someone hauling a couple of bee hives in an open trailer, that’s something you don’t see everyday.  The bees made the trip and were successfully setup in their new location and set “free” the next day. We used very Continue Reading →