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Hello Honeyflow Farm,

From Honeyflow Farm
and The Beeswax Candle Shop

Welcome

unripened grapes

The Grapes are rapidly increasing in size in the summer!

They will be ripe in September.

 
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In This Issue

Watch you calendars - The Vineyard and Honey Farm will open on Friday, Sept 1 and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday only until Mid - October.

Our Timeline Page will show you what is coming soon - take a look...


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The Vineyard

Watch you calendars - The Vineyard and Honey Farm will open on Friday, Sept 1 and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday only until Mid - October.

bloom3a+ Bloom Time in the Vineyard

 When the grapes are in bloom - It smells wonderful - a very gentle fragrance from all the blossoms. Bloom time varies a lot from Frontenac blooming earlier and the seedless grape seem to be about a week later.  The slideshow  starts with Marquis White Seedless grapes at the "Prebloom" stage - Read the article...

niagara05a + Niagara and the other White Wine Grapes

Niagara grape wine is one of my favorite white wines.  It is easy to harvest (the clusters are big and juicy), and easy to make wine from.  I Think of it as a Eastern version of Moscato.  (AND WE HAVE A LOT OF IT AVAILABLE - 12 - 400ft rows - over 1 acre.) It has a very nice grapey flavor (think Welches white grape juice) - Read the article...

 

marechalfoch06+ Foch, Frontenac and the Other Red Wine Grapes

Marechal Foch, Frontenac and DeChaunac are our main wine grapes - along with Concord for the Concord Wine lovers.  + Marechal Foch - Small clusters of black, medium sized berries. Outstanding burgundy type red wine without blending ​. Very good quality red wines have been made from Foch at wineries in Michigan and elsewhere. -  Read the article...

 

 

Is Oxygen Good Or Bad For Wine?

 Splashing Red WineThis is weird! Find out how oxygen can be both good and bad for a wine. Understanding both can help you be a better winemaker! See how...
Read More (on the E. C. Kraus website)...

 

 

To Use, Or Not To Use An Air Lock On A Wine Fermentation?
AirLocks on Seconday Fermentation

Bombshell! Here's why using an air lock on a fermentation is not necessarily always a good thing. Sometimes your air lock should never be anywhere near your fermenter. See why...

Read More (on the E. C. Kraus website)...

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The Honey Farm

 Watch you calendars - The Vineyard and Honey Farm will open on Friday, Sept 1 and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday only until Mid - October.

 

 summer superinga+ Adding Honey Supers in Summer

The image at the right shows honeybee colonies with supers piled on top - continue the slide show using the arrows to see what is inside. When I start to see yellow sweet clover growing on the side of the road I know it is time to start adding honey supers to the bees.   The colonies are starting to build up and the need space to put honey in. - Read the article...


Honeybees can see!

Link:   http://www.beeculture.com/bees-see-matters/

Excerpt:

Scientists consider bees to be a keystone species. They are so important to an ecosystem that it will collapse without them. At least 90 commercially grown crops depend upon bee pollination for survival. How important is the pollination by bees? Ask an almond grower. Without bees, there would be no almonds. Apples, blueberries, cherries, avocados, cucumbers, onions, grapefruit, oranges and pumpkins would also disappear. Bees are the undisputed champions of the pollination world. And their secret weapon? Sight.

 

The remarkable eyesight of bees has long been a source of fascination in the scientific community. A hundred years ago, Nobel Prize-winning scientist Karl von Frisch proved that bees can see color. The color we see is based upon how a pigment absorbs and reflects light. When light hits an object, some is absorbed and some is reflected. Our eyes perceive the reflected portion as color. The brilliant color in flowers is a way of attracting pollinators, such as bees. The colors of flowers help target the areas of nectar. That’s the reason why petals are usually a different color than leaves. Even though humans can see more colors, bees have a much broader range of color vision. Their ability to see ultraviolet light gives them an advantage when seeking nectar. Many patterns on flowers are invisible to humans. These nectar “bulls-eyes” are visible only to animals, such as bees, that have the ability to see ultra-violet light. This “bee vision” makes finding nectar much easier. In fact, some flowers such as sunflowers, primroses and pansies have nectar guides that can only be seen in ultra-violet light.

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Bees have two different types of eyes-each with separate functions. The three smaller eyes in the center-top of a bee’s head are called ocelli. Ocelli comes from the Latin word “ocellus” which means little eye. These little bee eyes have single lenses and help the bee maintain stability and navigate. They enable the bee to judge light intensity and stay oriented. Using these ocelli, bees can gather light and see ultra-violet light, helping them to detect UV flower colors.

 
 

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The Beeswax Candle Shop

Making Early American Style Hand Dipped Beeswax Tapers

tapers slideshowOur Beeswax Tapers are one of our Trademark items. Our Hand Dipped Tapers Image Gallery shows how we make them. It shows every step in our candle making process when we make these Colonial Style Beeswax Candles.

Read the article...

Purchase Beeswax Tapers...

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Please visit our site and keep up to date about what is happening during the season. Every change in weather creates exciting new growing opportunites and activities at our farm.

Sincerely, Bill & Pat Schnute