A local cable network that serves the Northern Suburbs of Minnesota came out for an interview at the Seminary.
They made some interesting choices in editing the content, but I think the footage of the bees is worth watching. You get to see a queen lay an egg!!
Channel 15: Monday through Friday at 5 pm
Vimeo Link (just the story): https://vimeo.com/124324650
Web Link (full episode – April 6): http://www.ctv15.org/programs/nsb
If anyone is still following my blog here is a really fun unique class I am holding (click the picture for expanded view).
This is one of the only hands on experiences in beekeeping classes offered in Minnesota. Learn everything you will need to know about starting your own hive. Go into the hives and know what you are looking at. We have filled the first session, but the website has a link to sign up for the second session. We only have around 10 spots left so sign up for an experience that will either help you start a hive or just to see what happens inside those mysterious white boxes! Thanks
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.