Honey Bee Experience
Is canceled for 2020
- Cost of event is $16
- Pre-registration required
Beekeeper Doug is excited for you to join him on an about 2 hour-long hayride/tour(weahter permitting)in 2021. We will be stopping at different stations around Waldoch Farm. The first stop will be at one of our apiaries. The highlight at this stop will be finding a queen bee. Second stop will talk about the different farming practices that promote bee health. For the final stop we will have the extraction equipment set up for a demonstration and honey tasting of our three different flavors: Dandy Spring, Clover Field, and Sweet Harvest. If the weather in not great for a tour of the bees we will have a demonstrations in the Garden Center. Like
Honey from the Fields of Waldoch Farm
Farmer Doug has been beekeeping at Waldoch Farm since he was 14 years old. He learned the ways of the Minnesotan beekeeper from Grandpa Dan. We received sage advice from Grandpa Dan’s brother who was a professional beekeeping in Florida and keeped bees for over 80 years.
We generally keep at least 35 bee hives on the farm to serve as pollinators of all our produce crops. The honey bee is the only pollinator that produces an over-abundance of honey, more than they need for the winter. We graciously benefit from their sweet work.
At Waldoch Farm we extract honey twice a season, one in late July called Clover Field and one in late August called Sweet Harvest. This allows us to capture the unique flavors of Waldoch Farm. The July extraction is timed just before the goldenrod bloom, so that it has more of a clover taste. The goal is to have this honey available at the Roadstand by the Garden Tour each year. The August extraction has more flavors from the produce on the farm –we’ve had some people say that they can taste hints of peppers or squash. The goal is to have this honey available in time for Fall Fun season.