I hesitate to use the word ‘army’ for the thousands of honeybees who have been gathering nectar from the farm since May. They aren’t fighting a war, except perhaps a war against time. The waning days of summer finds them on the goldenrod and asters, making honey as fast as their little wings will carry them.
I started out with 3 good hives in early May. The weather was cool and wet early in the season so they built up slowly. I lost more swarms then I could count in late June and early July when the weather suddenly heated up. I did capture 2 swarms, thus expanding the apiary to 5 hives, but all the hives had a reduced workforce.
July was one of the coldest on record, so honey production was slow. August had normal weather, allowing me to get the first batch of honey late in the month. I took a second batch last Sunday. So now there’s enough for all the CSA members. You will get honey in your share this week! Let’s give thanks to the little honeybees who work so hard to make enough honey not only for themselves, but for us as well.
This weeks vegetables: Lots of tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini. Swiss chard and lettuce. Beets, turnips, and potatoes. Parsley and garlic. Some broccoli and green beans.