Spring is the Season for Planning and New Beginnings!
Honeyflow Farm & the Beeswax Candle Shop

Spring is the Season for planning and New Beginnings

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newsletter
 
 

Hello Honeyflow Farm,

From Honeyflow Farm
and The Beeswax Candle Shop

Welcome

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Spring is the Season for Planning and New Beginnings!

 

 
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Do you have special plans this year?

Do you get excited about spring, buds shooting out, leaves growing?

Now is the time to do a little planning.

Would you like to grow grapes in your yard for wine, jelly, eating?

How about becoming a beekeeper and harvest honey from those wildflowers that are blooming?

How about becoming a "Chandler" and making candles?

See the pages below for info on how to get started.


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The Vineyard in 2016

Now is the time to do a little planning.

Would you like to grow grapes in your yard for wine, jelly, eating?

Many people come to our vineyard with ideas of growing grapes. What better fruit is there to grow but the grape, it grows at arm level for easy picking, the fruit is packaged in bite sized containors, taste great and you can even make wine from it.

Here are some resources:

  • To find what kind of grapes to grow and to purchase them, I would start with Double A Vineyards.  They have a lot of great resources about grapes and you can order them to plant for this spring.
  • There are some absolutely fantastic Grape Vine Videos by Tom Zabadal (MSU). There are over 30 of them and they are great to watch while sipping your favorite wine. You may want to start with: Introduction - Grape Video Series on Viticultural Information.

Although the vineyard is still dormant at the time of writing this - we will be pruning next month!


 

concord grapesNew Section!

(each newsletter will focus on a different variety)

 

Varietal Focus From Winemakers Magazine
"Concord"

Tips, techniques and a recipe for this cold-tolerant grape.

We also have a lot of Concord Information on "Everything Concord" page.

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The Honey Farm in 2016

Now is the time to do a little planning.

How about becoming a beekeeper and harvest honey from those wildflowers that are blooming?

 

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Becoming a beekeeper is not hard - This is what I suggest to many people:

So - the bottom line is - get some equipment, purchase some honeybees and become a beekeeper NOW!

What am I doing with my bees this spring?

You can see the picture of my bees wrapped for winter on the right.  About a month ago I went and carefully opened the tops and checked for activity.  At that time my winter survival rate was quite high.  I fed most of them with dry sugar (not the best feed, but usually keeps them alive).

Recently we had another bout of winter and I did notice that I lost one I had in the back (it could not get at the feed I gave it).  This is the time of the year that we sometime lose a few to weak hive, feed and disease.  I am getting ready to make a another trip to the bee yards and feed some pollen patties and sugar syrup.

I have already ordered some 3lb package bees to arrive next month.

 Interesting info from CATCH THE BUZZ
(Catch the Buzz are articles of interest in the beekeeping community - I get them fromn a daily email)

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The Beeswax Candle Shop in 2016

Now is the time to do a little planning.

How about becoming a "Chandler" and making candles?

We purchase a lot of supplies from Candlewic.com - Check out their "Chandler" or "Education" area....


New Custom Made Taperscustom made tapers

We have been asked by various customers about larger custom made tapers and we have finally added them to our site. 

We have developed 4 sizes from 1 inch to 1.5 inch X 9 inch long.  These are custom made and we may not stock the sizes listed, and will have to make them when you order.  

We normally have 3 pairs on a frame but we can only do 2 pair at a time with the larger ones as they swing into each other when dipped and get stuck together.

They are made for a larger antique candleholder. (As that is what some of our customers have told us)

And they are also on sale 20%


Shipping Changes

Some big changes have been made to our shipping system this year.

All candle orders will now be shipped for a Flat Rate of only $8.95 - with Free Shipping at the same $150 level.

You can even ship up to 6 heavier items like honeybears, 1lb and comb honey for the $8.95 Flat Rate Fee.  If you need larger quantities of these or large containers such as gallons a regular UPS/USPS fee will be added.


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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