WOODSIDE HONEY IS ROOTED IN A KINDRED SPIRIT OF FOUR GENERATIONS OF BEEKEEPING.
Several small colonies of bees can be found on a portion of our old family farm and namesake. Built in 1848 and standing proudly as the oldest home in Maplewood, Missouri it is notably listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Beekeeping was once considered a country enterprise but with the rich multiflora sources thriving in an urban landscape, the city offers a vast and nourishing palette for exceptional honey. And while one in three bites of our food depends upon the pollination of bees, urban beekeepers are contributing greatly to this process as an alarming number of bees are dying due to pesticides used in conventional farming, among other causes. Urban beekeeping is a niche practice throughout the United States and Europe where colonies of honey-bees flourish in major cities such as San Francisco, Manhattan and atop the Opera House in Paris.
Woodside Honey supports responsible practices that pay homage to the cultural traditions of food and their impact on the planet. Our efforts resonate with both a rich lineage of artisans and a contemporary consciousness. We believe that buying thoughtfully grown and locally produced food is a healthier alternative and simply makes good sense.
Beginning in February as trees start to bloom, our honeybees will travel upwards of two miles in search of early nectar sources and will continue their work until Autumn's end. Honey is collected in late Spring and Fall from the colony. Surplus honey is stored by the bees in smaller frames called "supers". Once collected, these frames are then placed in a machine which uses centrifugal force to extract the raw honey. It is then lightly filtered and packaged, with spring honey lighter in hue and the Fall a warm amber due to the differences in the seasonal flora. It takes the lifetime of nearly 300 hard-working bees to collect enough nectar to produce a four once jar of honey. And among the many benefits and delectable delights of consuming local raw honey, is the belief that it is an immunity booster for people with allergies. So enjoy your Woodside Honey, thoughtfully crafted with care for you.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
i am pleased to be able to share a few photos of my bees with you. this season has been quite remarkable, with the season beginning a whole lot earlier than in previous years, the result of this long spring means the bees were able to start their honey collection much earlier and i in turn collected a lot more honey. additionally, i doubled the amount of bees i had last year too. i had to scramble a bit to keep up with their ever growing population by purchasing a lot more equipment and assembling it, but they all seem to be very happy and are out foraging from daybreak until dark.
bee's generally slow down their production in the heat of summer, as fewer pollen and nectar sources are available. just like people, they get thirsty! i find them on the ground trying to extract any moisture they can from my mulch, the droplets of water from my garden hose, and more bees use my birdbath that the birds.
i recently extracted spring honey from my hives, and have been busy bottling it to share with friends and to sell at some great businesses around town. i usually enjoy my honey drizzled over an english muffin in the morning, in some tea, or simply on a teaspoon, but i realized a great use for honey is to make a simple syrup of it and use this in a refreshing summertime cocktail. making a honey simple syrup is quite simple! mix equal parts of honey and water and heat the mixture over medium heat for a few minutes but do not let it boil. pour the syrup into a container and store it in the refrigerator. it should keep for several weeks, but why? invite friends over for honey cocktails. believe me, it won't last that long.
my friend natasha from cafe natasha's restaurant on south grand in st. louis mentioned woodside honey in her restaurant blog yesterday. she was inspired to use my honey in a bourbon drink called the, "honey i'm home" cocktail. get the recipe on her blog and go there for a great meal and cocktails on the patio!