We harvested honey from our two hives yesterday! Let me just say, we harvested a lot more honey than we did last year. Granted, we did get to harvest from both hives this year instead of just one, but there was a huge difference in harvests. Now we realize just what a bad year it was for honey last year.
There is nothing quite like harvesting your own honey. Nothing.
Our small “economy” hand-crank extractor can spin two frames at a time. The extractor uses centrifugal force to pull the honey our of the comb, one side at a time. It takes about 1 minute of spinning per side to extract the honey, then the frames are taken out and flipped to extract the other side.
Ready for the numbers?
Last year, August 2012, we harvested a total of: 11.14 pounds of honey.
This year, August 2013, we harvested a total of:
43.35 pounds (or 3.56 gallons) of honey
Yeah baby! We ran out of honey pretty quickly last year, so we plan to save as much as we possibly can this year. Only a few close friends and family will be purchasing honey this year. A few people have asked me why we don’t sell more honey. The answer is simple, we don’t produce that much and the honey that we do produce, we eat. We started this micro-farm for the very selfish reason of becoming self-reliant… not really to become a small business. So to put it plainly, we want to eat our honey.