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Our first Honey harvesting classes are set for August 1st and again on the 15th. Check our website for more info http://www.gretchenbeeranch.com/education/beekeeping_classes.html

Hard to believe August is here nearly! I just wanted to do a quick post on new class dates as well as an entirely new topic – How to Harvest Your Honey. We are thrilled to be able to start offering classes we’ve wanted to do for a while now. This saturday is our first round of the harvest class so Mark’s been working on the outline and flow as well as pulling together materials for an actual harvest. Should be a lot of fun! We still have seats if you’re interested and we’ll do a second offering of that class on August 15. You check our website to see more about the class information as well register. Additional Introduction to Beekeeping class dates have also been added the the calendar. Hooray! (Click here to go to our website.)

Here’s a quick look at upcoming events on Saturdays in August – busy but at least we are around the Bee Ranch and that is super awesome! Also super awesome is our honey harvest, which has exceeded a ton (which is a lot of fun to say). I hope to have a little time later today to write about the harvest. I am pumped about the strong possibility that we have some Mesquite this year after several years of not having the timing right for my favorite honey. Yay! More soon.

Busy bees in August

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July bee class

Hello there! Guess what we added to the calendar since we are actually doing more work around the Bee Ranch now? A new class date for Introduction to Beekeeping. Our next class will be Saturday, July 18 in case you are interested. Here’s link for more information as well as to register. We have some seats still available and hope you can join us! Click here for class info.

In other wonderful news – pollen, pollen, and more pollen. WOW! We are loving how the pollen looks AND tastes this year. Subtly sweet and soft to the touch. Due to the hot weather, we aren’t shipping it out but if you would like some, do stop by the Bee Ranch one Wednesday or Saturday (9-12pm).

Pollen is amazing this season!

And in case you would prefer honey – it’s coming! We have started a slow harvest due to rainy spells and high levels of moisture in the honey. What we have harvested, we like. A lot. And we can’t wait to host a few honey tasting events to share it with you all!

Harvest time at the Bee Ranch

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Uncapping a beautiful frame

Well, the extraction officially kicked off today with the first batch from Elm Creek. In the above picture, Mark is uncapping a frame so that it can be placed in the extractor below. Our friend Belinda is helping out since I’m at work and she is a much better helper than I was last year! She looked very efficient doing everything and she and Mark made great progress today. We got a sample a bit of the honey at our traditional extraction dinner – fried chicken, biscuits and honey. I put a twist on it and made rice. 🙂 We loved it! Dinner with great friends and great honey – can’t beat that.

Spinning that honey

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Update on the Honey

Amazingly, we experienced quite a bit of activity and wanted to let you all know that we now only have quart size jars left! Those are $9.00. We want to thank everyone who has made a purchased or placed their order. Wow! 🙂

Here's a look at our golden honey before it is extracted.

Here's a look at our golden honey before it is extracted.

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Honey for Sale

Here are some photos of our beautiful, freshly extracted Guadalupe County Honey! The bees produced the honey from mesquite blooms, bee brush and what few wildflowers we had this spring.

Small Gift Jar

Small Gift Jar

Price List —

  1. Small gift jar: $5.00
  2. Pint jar: $6.50
  3. Quart jar: $9.00
  4. Large beehive jar: $12.00

(plus shipping cost)

Pint, Quart and Large Beehive Jars

Pint, Quart and Large Beehive Jars

To place an order, email Mark at markgretchen@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Welcome to the Ranch

We are very excited to launch our new blog just for our bees! We have just a few hives, all in Guadalupe County. Some are in our backyard in the heart of Seguin and others are out in the country not too far from us. In spite of the drought this year, we were able to extract a small amount of honey to share with family and friends.

We do have a limited quantity available for sale. Please contact us if you would like to purchase any honey. Email us at markgretchen@gmail.com. It’s pretty good stuff!

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