October – will it be warm and sunny or cold and rainy? Will the bees find enough nectar and pollen to replace what they are eating or will the hives lose weight this month? We beekeepers keep watch to help if needed. Bees will gather whatever nectar they can find. They will also be packing the lower boxes with pollen to prepare for brood rearing next spring. Hives kept on a scale will reveal some very interesting ups and downs during this month.
Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey -- as we now know it -- was manufactured and sold in stores.
So what is the key to its' antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial compounds.
We were lucky to be invited by Val, owner of Beecharmer Farms, to film and video in her Honey House during peak honey processing. Val has had her honey house since 2007 and is an avid beekeeper not to mention a wonderful mentor to many beekeepers in the area. In the late summer Val invites members from our local Beekeepers Association of The Ozarks to a field day at her facilities and we joined her to film the following day.