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2020Jul28
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WE HAVE HONEY FOR 2020!

It looks like we have 200+ pounds of Raw Honey to sell this year. I am just waiting for the bottles and lids to arrive so I can get it packaged for you.

Use the contact info (here) to ask me to let you know when it is ready.

You can still bring your own container and get it for $0.625/oz; but I've had to increase the price of the packaged Raw Honey (I can only absorb so much of those costs).

I do not ship food or plants. Make an appointment to come to the farm to purchase your food OR talk to me about delivering it to you at NO EXTRA CHARGE when you purchase $50.00 worth or more. I can only sell/deliver in Western Missouri, so if you live in Kansas... we’ll have to discuss finding a place in Missouri for that.

As a farm, we are able to continue working and selling product. You are welcome to come to the farm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (AS USUAL) to pick up your food. When you schedule your visit, it will help if you know what you want so I can have it ready for you. I do accept checks or cash. We work from home and therefore our exposure to the outside world is minimal. I will still wear mask and gloves to pack your order and have it waiting for you (at a distance) in a cooler and ready for you to put in your cooler.

There are NOW 3 packaging options for our 2020 RAW HONEY:

Inverted Squeeze Bottle, 12 oz. (340 g) of Honey for $9.00 each. **BPA-free plastic**

Glass Jar, 16 oz./1 lb. (454 g) of Honey for $11.75 each.

Glass Jar, 32 oz./2 lbs. (907 g) of Honey for $21.00 each.

OR

Bring Your Own Favorite Honey Container and I will weigh it, fill it with honey, weigh it again, subtract the original weight and you pay only for the honey at $0.625/oz.

Contact me to reserve honey for you.

ALSO AVAILABLE... Crystalized Raw Honey:

Glass Jar, 16 oz./1 lb. (454 g) of Honey for $10.00 each.

Glass Jar, 32 oz./2 lbs. (907 g) of Honey for $18.00 each.

What makes honey "raw"? Raw honey is very simply honey that has not been heated. It retains all the nutrition and healthful qualities of honey in the comb. Here at PlayHaven Farm LLC, we simply uncap the comb (using a knife designed for that purpose), use gravity and centrifugal force to extract the honey, pour it through a 600 micron filter (to get any bug bits out) and bottle it.

Why is local, raw honey so highly recommended? Locally-sourced, raw honey is recommended over honey from other locations because you can be pretty sure the pollens and nectars the bees collect are the same ones that your allergies are triggered by. It is well documented that ingesting this honey has a similar affect as allergy treatments where you get minute amounts of the allergens that cause you problems. Just remember that honey is SUGAR (sucrose) and you need to account for that as well.

What happens when honey is heated? So long as you don't heat it to a temperature of more than 95 degrees F (the generally accepted maximum hive temperature), honey retains it's essential composition and beneficial enzymes. Heating at higher temps (98.6 degrees F) causes degradation of the components that make is so healthy and at boiling (104 degrees F) the important enzyme invertase is destroyed.

Why does raw honey crystalize? Storage temperature has an influence on how quickly any honey crystallizes. I store our honey in a controlled area with an air temperature that stays below 70 degrees F... 70 degrees F is considered a good temp to minimize crystallization. BUT, crystalization is not a problem to be solved! It is actually a clue that the honey is raw. I personally like it when the honey crystalizes because it is easier to scoop out of the jar. If you want to reliquify crystalized honey simply follow the instructions on the label.

RAW PROPOLIS - currently available at $8.00 per ounce. This is directly from the hive, use it as is or to make your own tincture. You are responsible for cleaning any bug and/or wood bits from it. Compare my price to prices on-line for processed propolis ($10 and up). Save yourself some money by doing the work.

BEES WAX - available in 1 oz. (28.34 g) ingots at $1.25 each. Use pure beeswax to make your own products! I did a search on-line to establish pricing and found it ranges vastly. I picked a price at the lower end of the spectrum for this first go round.

As things "ramp up" in the beekeeping area, I will be adding other bee related products.


OUR APIARY HISTORY

My bee hives produced excess honey for the first time in 2015. The bees did not produce any excess honey for the 2016 season.
The 2017 honey was light and flavorful and very well received (it is all gone except what I saved back to try making mead).

I WAS SO HAPPY happy to be able offer honey again from the Fall of 2018! That year's honey was harvested a bit later (in September) and so the color is a deep amber and the flavor was *A*M*A*Z*I*N*G*! (If I do say so myself, LOL.) I added a couple more labels to remind you NOT to give Raw Honey to children under 1 year of age AND that all Raw Honey crystallizes and that doesn't change it's nutritional value, flavor, etc. Instructions on how to liquify your crystallized honey is the other new label.

I had hoped to have at least 3 times more honey to sell this year (we had 3 times more mature hives going into the Spring), but between the CRP next to the farm being torn out (so many mature flowering trees destroyed), climate change and drought; we harvested only about 1/3 more honey than 2017.

As for 2019, we lost 6 hives that Spring and that left us with 3. The 2018 drought combined with the long Winter and the REALLY wet Spring have really knocked the honeybees for a loop. Even our remaining hives struggling and, therefore, it is more important to us that they survive than provide us with honey to sell to you. This meant there was NOT a 2019 harvest of honey.

 


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