A Day in the Life of a Bee Keeper

by David

My adventure started with a forty minute phone conversation.  I was talking to Mrs. Doan of Doan Honey Farm,The Honey I bought in Hamlin N.Y.; we talked about everything from tastes of different honeys to where they came from and how they strained their honey at Doan Honey farm.  As the conversation came to an end I expressed my interest in purchasing some honey but didn’t know what kind I wanted.  She invited me to the farm to try some samples.

When I got to the Hamlin N.Y. farm I was met by the nicest woman, she was a neighbor of the Doan honey farm who worked for the Doan’s.  After being invited in I could not believe my eyes there were about 150-250, 55 gal drums for mass honey transport. There were more boxes of individual packaged honey. (The kind you and me would normally buy) and there were bee boxes and hive parts all over not to mention there were a lot of bees flying around.  The N.O.W. (Nice Older Woman..I can’t remember her name:) began discussing honey with me.  She started opening bottles and I started drooling.

I started by trying Saw Palmetto, a honey they prepared over the winter while their bees were in Florida. I enjoyed the taste; it was a bit heavier than supermarket honey. Next was Tupulo, another Florida winter honey.  Tupulo Honey has a bit of a pine taste but it is quite pleasant. After that I tried the Wild Flower Honey which was a New York State Honey. The Wild Flower Honey was very good, mild but tasty.  The last one I tried was Buckwheat Honey.  I had heard that Buckwheat Honey tastes like molasses and that it was kind of strong so I was eager to try it.  I was pleasantly surprised, the honey did have the unique taste of molasses but I also tasted of Carmel.  I liked it a lot; actually it was one of my favorite Honeys.  They were all darker than I expected. From lightest to darkest they were. Tupulo, Clover, Saw Palmetto, Orange Blossom, Wild Flower & Buckwheat. I didn’t try the Clover Honey or the Orange Blossom Honey as I have had them both before.

After deliberation about what I wanted to buy I decided to get a pound each of Tupulo and Saw Palmetto, 5 lbs of Buckwheat and 12 lbs of wild flower. The two of us then headed to the back room where the honey is stripped from the hives.  The entire operation was very impressive involving a few machines that drained and spun the honey out of the comb as well as a pump system that moved the honey to a filling hopper.

Filling my 5 Gallon bucket with orange Blossom honey

Next Mr. Doan arrived and begun filling my 5 gal bucket with unstrained Orange Blossom Honey,  60 lbs worth!! I took the picture as it drained from the filling hopper. All in all I learned a lot about bee keeping and honey. I left Doan Honey Farm with about 80 lbs of honey and not one Bee sting.

Bees Are The World!!

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