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August Was A Busy Month!

If you’re local to Ithaca, you know that the Ithaca Commons has recently undergone a lengthy renovation. The Commons now looks great, with upgraded services and all sorts of improvements. We’ve had a fun festival to celebrate the Commons revival, complete with free music, bouncy house, air hockey, and more….

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Extracting, Again

I’m going to pull supers on Wednesday and do a fast extraction. Normally, the goldenrod bloom starts in early September, around the time kids here go back to school. This year, it’s a month early. And it has been dry! So I have no idea what to expect, but I…

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Extraction

Saturday we had an extraction party–a few new, local beekeepers came to my house, where my 20 frame extractor was set up. Together we extracted two supers of honey from the Lansing yard. The new beekeepers learned how to uncap a frame of honey, how an extractor works, how to…

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Lansing Apiary Check

The Lansing apiary is doing fine–and one hive in particular is doing really well! In fact, I’m going to pull three supers off of it this weekend and extract. Bet you can tell which one.

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Honey

I have one hive out at the Lansing yard that is doing a fantastic job. It was an overwintered colony, still with last year’s queen,a nd they are just honey making machines. I have four supers on them already, and three are filled. When a colony is making honey, this…

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Honey Challah

Just about every Friday, I make two loaves of challah. I started with other people’s recipes, but adapted them over time to find one that works for me. It uses honey, of course! Honey is marvelous in baked goods, not only for its sweetening power (honey is sweeter than sugar,…