It's time for BEES!

Now that syrup season has calmed down, it's time for South Hill Forest Products to make more of their other amazing non-timber first products, such as: honey, soap, spoons, knifes, salves & a bunch of other goodies! 

BUT, since this blog post is titled " It's time for BEES", we are going to spend some time talking about the little critters.

The apiary, a bee yard where bee hives for honey bees are kept(try saying that 3 times over, WOWZA), at Ithaca College is in FULL FORCE. Students from the Non-Timber Forest Products class at Ithaca College will be planting perennials and wildflowers around the apiary in just TWO WEEKS! Planting perennials and wildflowers is important for pollinators to survive! So if you have a yard and/or garden please plant native flowers, perennials or wildlifowers! It makes your yard smell glorious, helps the bees (and other pollinators) & your yard will look beautiful!

MMMM Honey... Pooh bear isn't the only one who loves honey! Let's talk about how honey is made.

              Honey gets its start as flower nectar, which is collected by bees, naturally broken down into simple sugars and stored in honeycombs. The unique design of the honeycomb, coupled with constant fanning by the bees’ wings, causes evaporation to take place. The evaporation makes a thick, sweet liquid, which we all know as honey!

             The color and flavor of honey varies from hive to hive based on the type of flower nectar collected by the bees. For example, honey made from Orange Blossom nectar might be light in color, whereas honey from Avocado or Wildflowers might have a dark amber color. In the United States alone, there are more than 300 unique types of honey produced, each originating from a different floral source. HOW COOL IS THAT!

Soon enough, the South Hill Forest Products crew will be filling jars of honey to sell! Until than, keep up with our blog on the SHFP website & enjoy our other products! We have sweet maple syrup, handcrafted knives & spoons, and mushrooms that will soon be packaged for eating!