MONTHLY MEETING INFORMATION: The Outer Banks BeeKeeper’s Guild meets the second Wednesday of each month. Our home base is the Kill Devil Hills Library’s meeting room; however, meeting locations may change according to programming, so be sure to check this site for updates or “subscribe” for our posts below. Show up anytime after 6:30 p.m. to socialize, and we’ll begin at 7:00 p.m. If you arrive after the Library has locked their front door at 7:00 p.m., follow the sidewalk on the left side of the building around to the back door. If you would like to participate in the raffle, bring a little cash for ticket donation and/or any items to be raffled (do not have to be bee-related). The raffle is usually held at the end of most meetings.
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Well…. You derail your winter blues by thinking about the 2017 bee season!!!
It’s time to talk PACKAGES.
In years past, we have done group orders from various suppliers, and some of those are listed below. If you would be willing to drive and pickup a number of orders for other beekeepers, please “reply all” to let the group know, so that they can also order from that supplier.
When ordering as part of a group order, you would then tell the supplier that you are with the Outer Banks order, so that when it is being picked up your package will be included! (Also, in the past, some have given a donation to the driver to help defer their cost of time and gas, so please consider that as well 🙂
General Info: Most bee packages are approx. 3 pounds of bees inside a screened box, with a marked/unmarked queen inside her own cage contained within the box. I have asked the suppliers, and the queens inside packages are NOT from their own local stock when purchased as part of the package; HOWEVER, you can purchase their queens at an additional cost at a later date when available.
Also, if you plan to order from another supplier and would like to share that info, please do!!
RICK COOR, SPRING BANK BEE FARM: (919) 738-7638 cell
Marked Queen = $115
Unmarked Queen = $110
Pickup Date: Sunday, March 26
Location: Goldsboro, NC
Need to order by: “End of February”
Additional Queens from his own stock available mid-April for $25
DAVE BRADLEY, SAPONY CREEK: (252) 904-4737 cell
Marked Queen = $105
Unmarked Queen = $100
Pickup Dates: Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, April 11
Location: Nashville, NC
Need to order by: “For March date, ASAP!! For April date, order by mid-February.”
Additional queens $30 marked/$25 unmarked
BACK FORTY BEES
Marked Queen = $137
Unmarked Queen = $130
Pickup Date: mid-April/April 14?
Location: Moyock, NC
See his website for further info…
Please let the group know if you would volunteer to be a driver, and from which supplier on which date you will be picking up!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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Sweet as honey
The Outer Banks BeeKeepers’ Guild recently held its first Honey Contest. Guest judges were North Carolina Beekeepers’ Association President Rick Coor and Guild member and former North Carolina State Senator Fountain Odom.
Winner of the Judges’ Award, based on color, clarity and flavor, was second-year beekeeper Melissa Warner of Manteo, shown with her winning honey still in the frame before extraction. Winner of the People’s Choice Award, based on flavor alone and judged by all members present, was 50-plus-year beekeeper Don Babin of Rodanthe, shown with a jar of his honey.
The Outer Banks BeeKeepers’ Guild welcomes new members, whether interested in keeping honey bees themselves or just learning more about these amazing creatures. For more information, visit outerbanksbeekeepers.com online.
Colder days coming mean inside projects:
An old-time beekeeper gave sage advice… “Never too early to plan for next year’s bees,” so along that vein, here is a website that shows exactly how to build a very successful swarm trap/swarm box. The Result? Free Bees! I caught one myself last spring with this one, built by Bobby Dupree and Bill Farrell, and Etienne Nadeau of Eliz. City, who suggested this one to our group at a past meeting, has caught MANY with this type of box.
While you are on that website, you might explore what a “horizontal hive” is all about… Like a top bar, you don’t have to remove heavy boxes to get to the brood chamber, but you utilize deep frames within, so less chance of cross-combing and sidewall comb supports to deal with. I hope to build and try one of these horizontal hives for next year!
Do you have a favorite swarm trap of your own? Please do share with the group!
What a fun evening last night!
First, thanks SO much to Deb Lawson for hostessing the potluck and honey contest in her beautiful home… The setting and decorations (along with her homemade chilis and barbeque) were perfection.
Thanks also to everyone who attended and contributed to the potluck meal, the drinks, and/or the camaraderie. I heard the suggestion that November is a great time to do this event, as it is a primer to the holiday season, is after our busy summer and sometimes busy shoulder season, and at a time when everyone who harvested would have some honey on hand. Let’s make November our timing for this event from here on out!
Honey Contest Winners:
Our esteemed judges, NCSBA President Rick Coor and the Always-Enthusiastic Guild member Fountain Odom, thoughtfully and expertly examined the 10 entries and chose a winner based on Clarity, Color, and Taste. The winner is… Melissa Warner Anglin from Manteo!
Before the Judge’s Choice was announced, so as not to influence the second award, all attendees then tasted the samples and, based on taste alone, chose a winner… Don Babin from Rodanthe!
Congratulations to you both – and thank you to everyone who entered – it was really a treat to taste all the different entries and realize how unique each honey is, depending on it’s floral source. We really have a fun group, and I am so happy to be a part of it!
P.S. I will be sending info regarding our December meeting (Tuesday, 12/13) in a separate email, so please watch for that soon.
Ever heard that honey is “bee vomit” or “bee barf?” Not so!
Sharing this very interesting article I came across explaining the bees’ process of turning nectar into honey…
Please feel free to share with the group when you encounter something that piques your interest 🙂
Enjoy your day!
Guild member Bill Farrell has a mated queen available if anyone needs her…
Give him a call at 475-7084!
They would like to buy local honey so they can sell it along with their other products!
They are located in the Seagate North Shopping Center. 3105 N Croatan Hwy. MP 5.5 Kill Devil Hills
Melissa Monroe runs the family business.
Please let our local beekeeper members know we have a good place to sell if anyone is interested.