I have been an awful blogger this past year.
We moved and had our fourth child so life has been a tad busy.
Fortunately, the bees were busy as well. We still have many hives in New Brighton even though it is not the city we reside in any longer.
We moved to Andover – only about 20 minutes north of New Brighton. This is where we will be opening the family honey stand. The address is:
3401 153rd Ave. NW – Andover, MN 55304
Please come out and get some of the worlds finest honey. Bring the family and hang out for a while. It should be a nice day and we have plenty of space to play. No purchase necessary :)
We will be open around 10am, but you are welcome anytime. Hope to see you soon.
If you can’t make it and want honey just let me know. We have enough this season to supply you throughout the whole next year. Honey is $6.50/lb and cheaper if you buy bulk (I determine this based on the co-ops bulk prices which are $7.59/lb and a lower grade then ours). Ours is Raw and full of the pollen your body needs. We do not process it and it comes from real bees!
Thanks for supporting my family and the bees.
We will have the honey stand open tomorrow!!
This years batch is awesome.
Some things we do special that you won’t find with other honey.
Ours is Raw – which means it is not heated(pasteurized). Heating it can kill the good bacteria that exists in the honey and effect it in unwanted ways.
Our honey is not filtered. Filtering is a way of processing it – we don’t do this. We screen the honey to a 400 micron level. This lets more pollen through into the finished product. Pollen is what helps you build resistance to allergens that drive your nose crazy. The more local the honey is – provided it has pollen – the better. If you are eating honey from flowers you were breathing in this is ideal for helping allergies.
Our honey is all honey. Many honey packers cut the honey with syrups to cut cost. Our is 100% pure.
Our honey is produced by bees that are cared for. We are very concerned with the bees health – not just the honey!!
Our honey is hand spun by the family – kids and all!!
Honey is $7 a pound. I base this off of pricing of honey at co-ops – where bulk honey is $7.49/lb.
We will have a variety of sizes available. Thanks
Sorry if any of you follow my blog. I have been absent in writing for some time.
Beekeeping in the Krosch family is evolving at a very fast pace! The girls are now helping manage their own colonies of bees.
Noelle – 5 years old!
Ruby – 3 years old!
These have to be some of the youngest beekeepers in the business! The pictures don’t show it, but they both look like MC Hammer in beesuits – the crotch hangs low enough to almost make them trip, but not quite. They were the smallest I could buy! The girls have their hives right by Long Lake – in New Brighton. A fabulous location provided by the Ridge family that gives the bees access to a ton of forage in Long Lake Regional Park. I have also been working hard to build our own bee boxes from scratch and allowing the girls to paint their own boxes.
They have some really awesome colors and designs that are sure to provide the bees an attractive home to put their honey!!
The finished product
We have quite the operation going this year – 12 colonies – which are all hoping for some hot weather. I will be posting more soon so stay tuned. Thanks for looking and supporting our family business. The Krosch family and the bees appreciate you.
Our first batch of honey has been extracted. I let my two girls – Noelle (4) and Ruby (3) name the honey. They wanted to name it after their little brother – Greydon (13months). We still are not exactly sure what it really means, but the girls were so excited about it we went for it.
This year we are adding bees to our honey stand! I built an observation hive that is on display at the stand. This allows you to actually see the bees that are providing your honey!! Don’t worry – they are all contained and behind glass. Here is a shot of Greydon and the observation hive.
The way we are running sales this year:
1 – The Honey Stand will be open certain times in the evening and on weekends – I will post times as we go.
2 – Place an order by shooting me an email email@example.com – and we can figure out a time to meet up.
3 – Shipping – although it gets a bit expensive we can ship you honey if you are from out of town.
Thank you for supporting my family and bee health.
At the Seminary we have been getting a couple complaints of bees near a pool and hot tub. In response we set up 2 baiting stations to attract the bees to a superior water source. It is working well and is a fun way to watch the bees up close. The black mud is peat moss – it provides a great surface for them to land on.
Here is a picture of Grandpa Vernon Krosch – 1st Generation Beekeeper. This picture was taken in 1953 in Clarks Grove, MN by the newspaper (Albert Lea Tribune). They did an article on Grandpa’s beekeeping and gardening. He was a bit before his time – subscribing to Organic Gardening magazines and using natural methods for greater crop yield – like using bees as pollinators. A true genius whom I never got to meet.
This picture gives interesting insight into beekeeping. If you look at how his hives are placed – how many boxes he has for each colony – you start to wonder what his strategy was and how well he did. My Dad thought it must be spring due to the small 1 story colonies, but if you look at the frame he is holding it is loaded with honey. This means it was late summer/early fall – when colonies would be ramping down for winter, but still in large numbers.
Some people wonder if this warm weather is going to last. Is this really Spring? One way to know is to look to the bees. They are natures identifier. One indicator of Spring is the budding and blossoming of trees, shrubs, etc… I do not know what exact vegetation the bees are getting it from, but yesterday they were bringing in the pollen. They pack the pollen onto their back legs until they have little balls of pollen on each of their back two legs – also called their pollen basket. This pollen is then brought into the hive where it is taken off the legs, mixed with a little bee spit – enzymes and packed into a cell. In the cell it ferments – making it more edible. It is than eaten by the nurse bees who will use its nutrients to secrete royal jelly from their head. This royal jelly is fed to the new bees and the queen. It is the life of the bee – workers receive 3 days of this royal jelly and will last around 6 weeks before dying. The queen is fed this her whole time and can last up to 7 years before dying!!!
The Krosch family is proud to report we have 4 of 5 hives/colonies that have survived another Minnesota winter. We are mourning the loss of Greydon’s hive :( His hive was the one who had made their own queen. They had plenty of honey, but the number of bees were very low. We are still investigating the case. This is our first hive that has ever died.
Come by anytime to talk bees, see the bees, taste some honey, or to just say hello. This time of year they are very docile. They have no honey to protect. So if you are wanting to get up close and see some very funny spring cleaning techniques this is a good time to check out the bees.