OK, so technically it’s the CHICKENS and the bees.
And maybe that’s not even correct. It’s more like the chicken’s EGGS and the bees.
Nonetheless, we’ve been wanting to open up an ‘egg-stand’ so to speak here at the farm but, we’ve never had enough extra eggs left over after our regular customers have gotten theirs to do so. Since the girls have been steadily laying throughout the winter months we now have an excess of farm fresh eggs. So, what better time to do a bit of advertising and get the ‘egg-stand’ open!
CountryBoy made the post and sign out of salvaged material then I painted them.
The sign is double-sided…
Hello Dream Valley Farmstead!
I love how it turned out! Although, I’m thinking about adding a second sign underneath that lists the price per dozen. We’ll see if we get anyone stopping in or not then go from there. We would love for this to be the only advertising we need to do and the rest be word of mouth.
Another exciting happening is the arrival of our bees! OK, so maybe I’M the one that’s the most excited, heehee!
Next weekend we will drive a couple of hours one way to pick up 3 lbs. of bees and a queen. I.can’t.wait!
I’ve got the brooder box we purchased from a beekeeping friend painted and set up for their arrival.
I will ‘pour’ the bees into this brooder box that already has the honeycomb and a little bit of honey on the ten frames and leave them be (get it? ha!) for two weeks. It is going to be hard for me to NOT check on them but during that time they will be busy ‘cleaning and tidying up’ their new house and the queen will then start laying some eggs. Having frames with the honeycomb already on them will allow the colony to grow quicker and I should have some honey this first year. Otherwise, if the bees had to start from scratch honey production would be low. I am SO grateful for our beekeeping friend who was willing to part with one of his boxes with honeycomb-filled frames so that we could have this jump start!
After the two weeks I will add two medium supers to the top of the brooder box and the bees can start building the honeycomb and making delicious honey. A dream coming true for me!
The hive is nestled under the sour cherry trees in the small fenced in garden which, I hope, is a great spot.
I’ve added a water source for the bees on top of the hive but may move it later on after observing the bees for a bit.
I mentioned on Facebook the other day that I had laid a tarp over the top part of the garden.
My plan is to plant a bunch of lavender in this area as I think the bees will really enjoy it when it’s in bloom. Lavender infused honey? Yes, please!
Here you can see the proximity of the intended lavender ‘field’ and the beehive…
I will eventually turn the lower part of the garden into an herb garden for both cooking and medical purposes. I need to think it through and plan it out, though, so this section will be a work in progress for several years to come.
But, for now, the upper section will be all about the BEES!