Ahi ahi all you lovely bee supporters – it’s that time of the year again!
Sorry am a bit late but just back from a holiday in Italy – they are so laid back there was fabulous! No bike helmets, no seat-belts, the dogs come to the restaurants and get given dinner at the same time as you, all the kids are out at night and they have a siesta in the middle of the day – mind you in 38 degree heat you have to! Well enough of that, back to reality!
This year, you will know, because you are farmers, was like the Queens - an annus horribilis one!
We are down production wise by 25% per hive, due to a couple of factors, mostly the weather, but also because of the over stocking of hives by Comvita close to some of our apiaries, leaving our bees with nothing to eat. Hopefully this is on its way to being sorted and a big thankyou to the farmers who have helped here.
Also, all over the Waikato this season, pasture honey just didn’t happen and the mānuka in Taranaki and Waitomo, while it flowered, did not produce enough nectar so there are some very unhappy beekeepers out there at the mo, especially as mānuka has continued to grow value wise.
Apart from that we have had a pretty fun season – we have launched a website www.rapanuibees.com - check it out! We have also just potted a range of our honey to go on it – Mānuka 100+, 200+ and 300+, Rewarewa, Clover, Bush and Wildflower – the labels have pretty cool colours even if I do say so! Only the Mānuka 100+ and wildflower are on the website at the mo -the rest are about a month away. So keep checking! We are now selling to Australia, China, Germany, Belgium and Japan as well as locally in Waltons Café, so starting to get away from selling straight to the buyer in bulk drums.
And on the bee front my son Alex has got John and I straightened out, we’ve cleaned out the sheds, mapped out the sites better,. He’s basically taken over – both of us are too scared to put anything in the shed without asking where it should go!
This year we have given you some of our 500gm pots of honey and some raw wildflower to keep you going and of course to skite off our new labels– always ring if you need more honey as you guys are first on the list.
As always a BIG thank you to you all for your help - ringing us if the hive lids are off or if they have been knocked down, killing wasp nests, not growling when we plough up your paddocks (sorry Clare & Mike) and just keeping an eye on our furry critters. It is much appreciated.
Lastly remember “ the only good suit is a beesuit” but of course!