Bees by Prof. Bromide
Seasonal Honey, Wax, Propolis, Pollen, and other hive products
- Virginia, United States (US)
Our tiny apiary is stocked with bees from local survivor stock feral honeybees. All of our queens are either raised in our apiary or are sourced from a feral swarm. The woods and fields of central Virginia produce some of the finest honey from a seasonal mix of wild flowering plants including tulip poplar, autumn olive, black gum, persimmon, clover, and goldenrod. Our hives are never treated with any foreign substances so you can be sure that our products are all natural.
How Its Made
Our whole comb pressed honey is harvested just a few times each year. The bees are brushed from the combs with a bunch of grass and the comb is cut from its frame. Most frames contain a mixture of honey and freshly gathered pollen which increases the pollen content in our products. Pieces of cut comb are stacked in an antique cast iron fruit press which squeezes the honey and pollen into a coarse strainer on top of a bulk tank. After the foam floats to the top of the tank, the honey is tapped out into jars, minimizing the air exposure so that the delicate floral character of the honey is preserved.
Every harvest and pressing produces its own combination of floral sources, so every jar is unique.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can you catch swarms of bees without harming them?
A: During April, May, and June all healthy bee colonies will attempt to create a swarm. They start by raising several new queens in special queen cells. Just before the new queens hatch, the old queen leaves the hive in a swarm with about half of the worker bees. The swarm spends a day or two traveling and searching for a new nest cavity. All the beekeeper has to do is provide a tempting new home in the right place and the swarm will happily move in. The bees have to voluntarily accept the new home before they will begin to make new comb, raise young bees, and collect nectar.
Q: How do you control mites, hive beetles, nosema, and foulbrood without using miticides and antibiotics?
A: Feral bees have adapted to live with pests and diseases without chemical interventions. We maintain healthy colonies of bees by providing them with sunshine, wild forage, and clean water. Their immune systems do the rest. Our feral stock does not grow as fast or produce as much honey as commercial stock, but they are much less prone to disease.
Q: What is the best way to use honey to prevent allergy symptoms?
A: Our customers report that regular use of our honey in small amounts during the winter will reduce their allergy symptoms during the spring blooming season. Pressed whole comb honey naturally contains small amounts of pollen that elicits a imperceptible immune response with daily use. Continuous immune stimulation helps to prevent an over-reaction when the flood of pollen comes in the spring. Pollen is made of proteins which will be damaged by high heat. Using honey on warm toast or in warm tea will not harm its medicinal properties, but refrain from high heat cooking to maintain its potency.
Shipments of 1 to 6 jars of honey will be shipped by USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate for 19 STEEM.
If you would like overseas shipping, please choose the flat rate shipping option and leave a comment. I will send you a quote for the additional shipping cost. Buyers are responsible for making customs and import arrangements.
Allow for 1 to 2 business days for order processing.
Returns & Exchanges
Returns and exchanges cannot be accepted for food items including honey.