It’s once again that time of year: time to order bee packages and full hives!
Each three-pound honeybee package is enough to start a new hive and includes approximately three frames of bees and a mated queen. Orders must be received by April 1, 2021. Packages must be pre-paid. All orders are final and nonrefundable. They will be available for pick-up in Potter Valley on April 11 and 12.
1-4 packages: $175 each
5+ packages: $150 each (only one contact person allowed)
1 complete hive: $450. Includes bees (we will install), two 10-frame boxes with frames (one deep and one shallow), top and bottom boards, an in-hive syrup feeder, and a hive tool.
Carson is available to deliver full hives and/or deliver and install packages for an extra fee. This includes either a 15-minute consultation/Q&A session or a 60-minute training including how and when to open your hive; how to find the queen; how to make sure the queen is laying eggs; how to identify larva vs. honey cells; how and when to check and treat for mites; and time for Q&A.
Ukiah, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley
Hopland, Willits, Upper Lake
If there’s enough interest, we will coordinate a coast day and price it based on total number of deliveries
Carson is available for private, on-site visits throughout the year and can work with you on:
How to do mite counts and apply mite treatment
How and when to feed syrup and pollen
How to extract honey from established hives (not first-year hives)
How and when to split healthy, established hives into two or more new hives
General training/hive troubleshooting/Q&A
Sessions vary in length depending on what is covered. The cost is $75/hour plus $1/mile traveled from central Ukiah.
Note that in 2022, assuming the worst of the pandemic is behind us, we plan to offer workshops throughout the year which will be arranged both inland and on the coast, depending on interest.
Everyone who places an order will receive package installation instructions and a disclaimer outlining our policies once the bees change hands. We will always try to do right by our customers, and we must also try to protect ourselves to the extent possible.
We were going through our emergency kit – woefully outdated and filled with expired goods – and found this jar of honey. Check out that original label! The great news is, honey never expires. So we have been using this years-old honey with pride.
Today was the last day of the Redwood Valley Farmers Market. It was an excellent season that saw the market grow in spades (thanks in large part to our enthusiastic market manager Steph) and helped us connect with the community. We made great friends with other food producers (I’m looking at you, Black Dog Farm!) and found a new customer base that is just as enthusiastic about local, raw honey as we are (special shout out to Ronnie, who bought something from us every single week).
We’re already looking forward to next year’s market, which will start in June. Until then you can still get Carson and Bees honey from us directly, or at a few local spots (including Pizza Etc in Redwood Valley and Westside Renaissance Market in Ukiah).
At long last and by popular demand, Carson and Bees is excited to finally offer HONEY STICKS! For now they’re available by special order and at the Redwood Valley Farmers’ Market (Sundays in Lion’s Park from 9-12). The price is 25 cents each, or five for a dollar.
A five-gallon bucket of early harvest honey was hand-delivered (special thanks to our friend Matt for pulling that off on a road trip) to the honey stick-making facility in Oregon a few weeks ago, and yesterday we got three boxes in the mail containing 4,400 gorgeous golden wands.
As I was trying to figure out how best to photograph them, I realized they were already sitting in the middle of a perfect summer still life: sunflowers from Black Dog Farm, peaches from Elmer’s Orchards, and honey from us right here at Carson and Bees. (You can find all three of us at the market on Sunday, incidentally.)
It’s official – Carson and Bees is back at the Redwood Valley Farmers’ Market after a years-long hiatus! The first market of the season was last Sunday, June 15, with a great turnout filled with familiar faces who were glad to have us back.
Please come support us and this excellent market every Sunday until October 12th from 9:30 to 12:30 at Lion’s Park. There’s live music every week and occasional cooking demos using goods from the vendors. Plus, our booth is right next to The Spot which serves awesome coffee and fresh-baked, 100% organic pastries. Or chow down on a breakfast burrito from Fairall’s Farm… dangerous for us since we already feast on these on Saturday mornings at the Ukiah market. Of course you should stock up on veggies and eggs for the week, too. We try to do 100% of our produce shopping at farmers markets and it really is affordable.
Hope to see you there one of these Sundays! Call or e-mail in advance if you’d like to purchase anything bigger than a 1/2 gallon, and we’ll be sure to bring it.
Carson & Bees is proud to announce that our honey is now being carried by our favorite local grocer, the Westside Renaissance Market on Clay St in Ukiah.
This year we’ve grown quite a bit, which means we have more honey to go around. If you can’t make it to the “RenMar” (as we affectionately call it), you can also buy Carson & Bees honey at the following locations:
Pizza Etc in Redwood Valley
Hopper’s Corner Store in Potter Valley
Jaxon Keys Winery in Hopland
Happy Herb Shop in Ukiah (you can get our bee pollen there, too!)
This year Carson & Bees was fortunate to have several hives in a gorgeous mustard field, and Carson was able to harvest 15 gallons of spring honey as a result – a very early extraction, but the supers were too heavy to resist.
Even with an automated extractor, it still took Carson and a friend several hours to uncap all the frames, and work went on well into the night: