This week on The Farm Report, host Erin Fairbanks welcomes back Rodney Dow to the show talking more on honey and honey bees! Jumping right in, Erin asks how exactly a beekeeper procures flavored honey such as buckwheat, acacia, alfalfa, and orange blossom. As it turns out, terroir is not only a term frequently used in wine but is also applicable to honey, as the location where the bees collect nectar drastically flavors the honey. Natural honey flavor is also affected by the season in which it is collected. Erin inquires how to tell a good queen bee from a bad queen bee and gets the full breakdown on the bee reproductive and life cycle. After the break, Rodney talks the technical process for safely and efficiently extracting the precious honey from the hive. Tune in for another great episode! This program was brought to you by Bonnie Plants.
“Good queens produce a lot of eggs and bad queens don’t.”
“In the cast of characters you have the queen, the drone, and the unfertilized females: the worker bees.”
—Rodney Dow on The Farm Report