Honey winning Gold at Blás na hEireann

Honey

Still can’t believe my heather honey winning gold at Blás na hEireann 2017.

Back in March I entered two of my honeys into the Blás na hEireann Irish Food Awards. My heather honey off the Dublin Mountains and my Glenasmole Softset from the bees here on the farm.

Here is how the heather honey is prepared Preparing Heather Honey

It wasn’t until I was about to give a talk on bees, beekeeping and honey from a smallholders perspective. I was at the smallholders gathering at Taste of Cavan that I received an email. I was literally being given the mic when I got the email telling me that both my honeys had made it through to the final seven. That email was read about 20 times to make sure what I was reading was true.

Now I had to start preparing for making a trip down to Dingle at the end of September to the finals Continue reading

Heather honey winning Gold at Blás na hEireann 2017

Still can’t believe my heather honey winning gold at Blás na hEireann 2017.

Back in March I entered two of my honeys into the Blás na hEireann Irish Food Awards. My heather honey off the Dublin Mountains and my Glenasmole Softset from the bees here on the farm.

It wasn’t until I was about to give a talk on bees, beekeeping and honey from a smallholders perspective. I was at the smallholders gathering at Taste of Cavan that I received an email. I was literally being given the mic when I got the email telling me that both my honeys had made it through to the final seven. That email was read about 20 times to make sure what I was reading was true.

Now I had to start preparing for making a trip down to Dingle at the end of September to the finals Continue reading

International Honey Customer

Olly's Farm

How cool is this! I got this great picture yesterday from Stuart Trafford, a new international honey customer in London showing how far my honey is travelling around the world  🙂 

Here are two jars of my honey in front of Tower Bridge in London.

International Honey Customer

Where are they going to pop up next?

Heather honey pressing last November

This is a blog post on how I pressed the heather honey last November. The honey was collected by the bees up on the feather bed in the Dublin Mountains. Most of the frames that I gave to the bees to fill used a little starter strip which is basically a small strip of beeswax to help them to get started on the frame. I also used some frames will full sheets of foundation in between to help keep them building the comb nice and even between the frames. Continue reading

Soft set raw honey

Soft set raw honey

I’ve made up a big batch of soft set raw honey using the new creaming machine. Its been going continually for the last 3 weeks. It spends 15 minutes mixing and then an hour off.

Soft set or creamed honey is a process that controls the natural crystallization of the honey. By mixing the honey periodically, the size of the honey crystals are far smaller than letting it crystallize naturally. This gives the honey a very light and smooth texture making it a perfectly spreadable consistency, nearly like butter at room temperature. Continue reading