It’s our fourth year keeping bees. Zak has been doing really well with his apiary and it’s only made us even more excited about our future bit of earth and the apiary that will come from it. Our honey sales were better than ever before over this past year and this year Zak and an investor will be buying a large honey spinner for more honey production. We took part in the county fair and managed to sell quite a bit of honey and really get our name out. Throughout the winter, people have emailed asking specifically for Rambler’s Rest Apiary honey. This coming year we will be stocking our honey in some local shops on the island. Lots of exciting things have been happening and I really trust that this is something Zak is really excelling at. He loves his bees and throughout the past four or five years, has learned more almost constantly. Between reading about them and actual experience with the honeybees, he is really becoming well-versed in their language.
Our apiary did really well throughout the winter. We did lose a couple this Spring though, Zak thinks because of Varroa Mites. It hasn’t been warm enough for him to inspect the remaining hives, but he’s eager to get into them to nip any other blossoming Varroa problems in the bud. Sometimes it’s so unexpected and it’s always a huge disappointment, but at least we never lose any hives to starvation, mice, or moisture. Those are definitely the easiest problems to avoid. Just don’t be greedy in the fall, rat wire that opening, tilt your hives forward and keep adequate ventilation! I could tell that Zak was really bummed about them. But this year we’ve added quite a few new hives to the Apiary and if our harvests are anything like last year we will definitely have some sticky fingers. One hive belongs to a client of Zak’s (he has a beekeeping client now!) and we received two more hives then we expected because there were an extra two that arrived to the island. So of course we gladly claimed them. Only time will tell how this year goes, but no matter what I’m sure it will be fun and a learning experience.