Day Three I was on my own for the harvest, which actually suited me (har har!) just fine. The Blues were much more pollen dense, as was evidenced by their honey frames:
That’s not scary-black, that’s pollen-dark.
Knowing what to expect this time, I streamlined the collection area a bit:
Now, enjoy the fast-forward version of my following three or so hours:
The fancy little jars filled first.
Then the mason jars (let’s talk about how exciting watching that happen was):
And then there were more:
Actually, those three might just be different angles on one day’s harvest… Still, so pretty!
The honey in the extractor:
And the honey from both days in its penultimate homes:
I have about a million (or a dozen) more photos of all those jars, but I think I’ll leave off there.
I personally feel that the Blue hive made the more flavorful honey, with a richer floral taste. I ended up giving away most of the honey and doing taste tests with the rest– many actually preferred the Silver honey, as the flavor was smoother. I blame their consumption of sugar water, but either way I’m pleased with the results from both hives!
Finally, though, the label I created for this year’s harvest. Each was filled out with the hive, the season, and the year:
Hey, how prescient was that “& more”?