"T. Bee's Honey" is bottled from our hives here at LBS. We have several hives of honey bees that we harvest honey from sometime in late July and again toward the end of August. The crop depends on how favorable the weather has been to support blooming plants and flowers. The excess honey we are able to take from our hives is extracted from the combs in a spinner and is filtered through a mesh cloth. The honey is considered "raw", meaning that it hasn't been heated or processed. The demand for locally grown raw honey is quite high, so our supply never lasts very long.
It takes approximately six million flower visits by the bees to make a quart of honey! Each bee will only collect a 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in their entire lifetime, so it would take the life's work of 1680 bees to fill a quart jar. Bees also collect pollen (you can see it on their hair and the white "ball" on their leg in the picture above). It is their source of protein and some gets mixed in with the honey as it is gathered and stored by the bees. A person with pollen allergies will slowly build up an immunity by consuming a small amount of honey per day. This is why local honey helps with your allergies!
Here are some photos of our bee keeping activities:
Of course, during the sweet corn season we sell our honey at our stands, but year around it's available at Mr. B's Cafe/Global Fashions in downtown Hoopeston.