We first installed bees at Beekman Farm the second year that we were there. We wanted to give a boost to the flower and vegetable gardens we were planting. Those two original hives have now grown to almost 100 boxes, producing thousands of pounds of honey each year. Every jar of Beekman 1802 honey that you purchase comes directly from the farm.
The honey is harvested twice a year–after the Spring flush of flowers and again in the autumn.
Take a photo tour through our autumn harvest:
The bee yard is located on the Slate Hill side of the farm
The bees are always hard at work and can fly up to 8 miles a day while gathering nectar
Small pieces of burlap are burned in the smoker. They create clean smoke but no heat.
Our keeper, George Jersey, takes a peak inside
Each cell will hold about 40lbs of honey
The hives are transported to Wild Mountain Apiary for processing. They are stacked on pallets and then placed on top of the building to keep them out of reach of bears.
George examines the combs. The most perfect ones are stored and frozen for use in our famous Honey Stand: http://shop.beekman1802.com/products/honeycomb-serving-stand
Other combs are then passed by a series of rotatig coils to uncap the cells. This is the before shot…
…and this is after. You can see the honey start to flow form the comb
The combs are then placed into a spinner
The centrifuge action allows the heavey honey to separate from the wax
The autumn honey is comprised of the nectar from the goldenrod blossoms in our pasture and is especially golden in color
The honey then sits in a vat kept at a temperature of 108 degrees—the average temperature inside the bee hive
This allows further separation of the honey and any remaining wax or propolis particles
The honey is pumped from the vat directly into our jars
One jar at a time
The safety lavel is placed over the lid
This contraption makes sure that the labels go on perfectly straight (very important to Brent!)
A jar waiting its adornment
The finishing touch
The Autumn Harvest Honey is ready for shipping
We bottle over 10 varieties of honey at Beekman 1802. Check them out by clicking here