What We’re Into: Spring 2014 Edition

24 03 2014

Charleston honey

Local Honey

I’ve learned my lesson. When the Farmer’s Market closes down for the winter next year, I’ll buy twice as much honey as I think I need. I’m rationing out the last of my remaining nectar, and counting the days until the Farmer’s Market returns. With the pollen starting to coat my windows, cars, and patio furniture, I’m gonna need the rumored health benefits of some delicious local honey in battling spring allergies. Stock up! After all, it never goes bad.

bee glasses

Ballard’s Bee Drinking Glasses

Speaking of honey bees, why not sip your sweet tea from gorgeous glasses featuring a subtle French bee? Did y’all know that Ballard Designs is headquartered in Atlanta?

hydrangeas

Hydrangeas

Is there anything more beautiful or more Southern than a big batch of hydrangea flowers gracing your home? Decorate with this delicate bloom while you can, and then when the heat of summer gets to your bushes, you can enjoy them all year around with this Diane James silk bouquet.

 

What are y’all into this spring?

 





Fall Honey Harvest

26 10 2010

For the past three years, my family and some close friends have become beekeepers.  Each season brings a new harvest of beautiful and tasty honey.  This spring, the color of the honey was a translucent gold, but in the fall we have palm honey.  Palm honey is molasses in color and tastes like brown sugar. The difference between the two harvests (pictured above) is almost shocking (we live for the little things).   Over these years the hives have grown, split and produced more honey than we can sometimes giveaway, but we are happy with it being a hobby for now.  Who knows maybe we will be able to sell it at the local farmer’s market in the years to come?  Jacksonville Beach Honey.  Forget the Tupelo variety, this is liquid gold. 





Honey Harvest

21 06 2010

We are very excited to have honey back in the house.  Two of our eleven hives produced 29 gallons of wildflower honey.  The other hives are a bit young, but can you even imagine all of that honey when they are all producing ? 

The wildflower honey has a beautiful golden color and is delicious.  Lots of friends came over to help with the harvest this time and our rule is, if you help, you get honey. What a deal, right?  Plus, the entire process from extraction to pouring into jars is fascinating and who wouldn’t want to participate?

Here are a few of the shots from the day.  Also, check out last year’s harvest





Bee Aware This Summer

22 06 2009

Pollination is something we rely on heavily to ensure fruits and vegetables are available in the grocery store and then later on your kitchen table.  However, without bees pollination can be tricky! Due to a variety of problems, colony collapse disorder, pesticides, killer bees, etc… bee populations are dropping rapidly.  With 3 bee hives currently (3 hives drowned in the flooding of the Withlacoochee River) we are doing our part to assist in the sustainability of foods.  While the work is hard, the benefits of having your own hive are endless and the simple pleasure of fresh honey is worth the effort. 

Our most recent honey harvest includes wildflower and citrus flavors, as this was the most recent meal of the bees.  Depending on the time of year Florida variations can include palm honey as well. 

My personal favorite honey treats include, wheat toast, a smidge of butter and lots of honey, as well as, wheat toast points, gorgonzola cheese, a walnut, and honey drizzled over the top.  Glorious!

Even if you are unable to raise your own bees, it is always important to be aware of such issues, as bees are a vital part of our daily food sources. 

Interested in more? Check out this program from PBS, Silence of the Bees.

Here are the pictures of our most recent honey harvest.