Category Archives: From the hive

Throwback Thursday: Old School C&B label

We were going through our emergency kit – woefully outdated and filled with expired goods – and found this jar of honey.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.

vintage CnB honey.JPG

Advertisements

Farewell, Farmers Market

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).

Thanks for a fun summer, Redwood Valley!

first RV market

Honey sticks are here!

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.

like copper 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.)

honey sticks

 

Carson and Bees at the Redwood Valley Farmers’ Market

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.

RV market

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 in the Westside Renaissance Market

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!)
  • Direct from us (same price as in the store)

Stay tuned for more!

First honey extraction of the year

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.

Carson honey frame

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:

extracting at night

The end result was well worth the effort!