~Honey Harvest~

Honey supers the day of harvest. Beautiful!

Honey supers the day of harvest. Beautiful!

It was a pretty good year for honey production.  Marisa and Silvana spent a huge amount of time creating queens.  There was a lot of trial and error, which in this case is not only necessary, but a good thing.  We have a fair number of new Queens. This new line of queens will hopefully be more gentle, disease resistant, pest resistant, cold hardy, and hopefully be good honey producers.   There were two harvests for us and we ended up with 915#.

Marisa, Silvana, Maggie and my niece Chiara gathering the honey.

Marisa, Silvana, Maggie and my niece Chiara gathering the honey.

Marisa is seen removing any wax caps that may have been missed by the machine.

Marisa is seen removing any wax caps that may have been missed by the machine.

Here Silvana is placing a full frame of honey onto the uncapping machine.

Here Silvana is placing a full frame of honey onto the uncapping machine.

Beautiful, light honey being extracted 60 frames at a time!

Beautiful, light honey being extracted 60 frames at a time!

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Honey being pumped into holding barrel just before straining.

 

Hopefully the winter won’t be too harsh this year and we look forward to whatever Spring will bring in 2016.  We have plenty of honey for sale.  If you are local stop in at Brads Market in Minneota or Moberg Meat Center in Canby.   Call ahead for farm pick up.  If you’d like a box shipped at bulk shipping rates email me at calico10@frontiernet.net  We’ll figure out details for the best deal.

Our gardens did well this year and almost everything is put up for the winter.  Parsnips and carrots are still out there.  The potatoes were a super bumper crop and we finished sorting them yesterday.  A very late frost left us with zucchini going into October and as a happy result, we still have some left out in the  butcher shop.

Popcorn crop 2015

Popcorn crop 2015

 

Potatoes to be served at least three times a day!

Potatoes to be served at least three times a day!

 

Beautiful hay to be turned into meat and milk.

Beautiful hay to be turned into meat and milk.

 

Insert Fall fun between long work days.

Insert Fall fun between long work days.

 

I’m looking for a market for Certified Organic Non-GMO Emmer Wheat which is an ancient wheat with very low gluten content and a much healthier choice then modern varieties.  10,000 to 12,000 pounds! It bakes up lovely and does rise when baked.  We are waiting on a mill in SD to get it hulled out and have only done our own by our small antique machine so far.  Stay tuned………..

Josie June and Kallie Jo helping me shine up my rocks.

Josie June and Kallie Jo helping me shine up my rocks.

Every chance I get, I hunt rocks.  Guess you’re never too old or young to start a hobby!

These are from Western Nebraska on our way to the Cheyenne Rodeo. Helps make the memories sweet for me!

These are from Western Nebraska on our way to the Cheyenne Rodeo. It helps make the memories sweet for me!

God bless everyone, everywhere.  Take time to see the little things HE puts before us every day.

 

 

 

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About Callens Honey Farm

We live on a small family farm located in S.W. Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. The source of our honey is from white and red clover. The honey appears as liquid gold in color. Our honey is extracted using a hand cranked centrifugal force extractor. Then the honey is screened once into a holding container from which we later fill the small honey bottles. We do not heat treat the honey nor add any other ingredients. Pure and natural is our Minnesota honey! What could taste better?
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3 Responses to ~Honey Harvest~

  1. Heavens, everything looks beautiful! I envy you that lovely green hay . . . here, the weather was the most difficult in years, but the Almighty has a plan, and maybe after our sodden June/July and hot as Hades August/September we’ll find the seventeen-year locusts took a hit, as well as our potato crop. Love to everyone, and special kisses to Kallie and Josie — S/MM

  2. I am glad you clarified that those are rocks in the bowls in front of your beautiful granddaughters. I thought they were chicken gizzards and other organ meat 😉

  3. Anet & Jim says:

    Everybody needs a rock for a friend. To have and to hold…
    F’s girls are so dang adorable! Look at those faces and tiny fingers!

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