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July Update - and why does honey go hard?

It's a bit chilly folks! My bet is that most of you are drinking more tea, eating more carbs and rugging up with the doonas! And with with the cold, comes a time when the honey will start to harden, known as crystallization, granulation or candying. I often get asked why it 'candies'; it is a quite a misunderstood phenomenon. Some people question whether this process means that it is an inferior product, poor quality or storage, or that it has been processed in some way. It is not. It is not off, it hasn't gone bad, so please do not chuck it out!! Crystallization is completely natural, and remember that honey never goes off. The oldest honey that was...

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March Update

Hello everyone! We are officially opened and have enjoyed the first week of trade at Yagan Square. The general feedback for the precinct has been very positive - people enjoying the amazing food offerings, the reflective art works and meeting in a place that has been hosting gatherings for a millennia.The opening ceremony was a simple, but thoughtful affair. I particularly enjoyed the traditional welcome to country dance and the singing of the song lines.  A big thank you to all the people who came on opening night in support of us, and those who made the effort over the first week to congratulate us! We really appreciate it, even if all we did was wave over the crowd at you!Our...

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***Guest Post***Josh Wells from Down By 12th

A few weeks ago, I sat down and had a great conversation with Josh from Down by 12th - a local photographer, food extraordinaire  and Maylands resident! 'We’re confident that bees are an important part of our ecosystem, but as consumers, we’re not always sure whether buying honey is helping, or hurting them. We spoke to Blaine Campbell from Honey I’m Home about terroir, sustainability, and honey, in order to find out how to get the best quality produce in a way which was sustainable and delicious.... ' Click here for the full article Photo Credit: Josh Wells Down By 12th 

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***Guest Beek*** Introducing Simon Cousins

I met Simon via an online Beek facebook forum and I remember very early on in our beekeeping 'career' driving up the freeway in peak hour traffic to collect our first swarm, madly messaging Simon, since it was the morning there, about what to do and his best tips! Over the years, we have exchanged laments about weather, information on our respective hive management, and eventually even honey!  I asked Simon to do a guest blog for Honey Month, and it may even be a semi regular thing as Simon does some very interesting queen rearing and breeding! Why did I start keeping bees ? I call my little honey operation Stour Valley Honey, ( not Stour Valley Apiaries who are...

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