We want the honey, Lebowski

14 Jun

Nihilists courtesy of Goldberg

Despite setbacks in the Valley, our Nob Hill hives are jamming. This weekend, we harvested 5 gallons of honey, rendering our kitchen a veritable storage unit for the Apocalypse (In case of peak oil or Doomsday, you now know where to find a cache of sweetener.)

It’s a gorgeous toasted-butter hue with flavors of backyard fruit trees and honey locust. You’ll find our Spring 2010 vintage on the menu this month at the James Beard-nominated restaurant, Jennifer James 101, and at the Pollinator Celebration on June 26. Ooh la la! I’m so excited.

So angry pesticide-spraying farmers be damned! I’m spreading a thick layer of honey on my toast this morning like a miniature revolution.

Or as they say, in the parlance of our times, “Sometimes you eat the bar, sometimes the bar eats you.”

Vintage Spring 2010, Albuquerque

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5 Responses to “We want the honey, Lebowski”

  1. karcuri13 June 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    How many hives did you harvest to get 5 gallons? Also, how are you extracting these days?

    • mistress beek June 15, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

      Hey there. 5 gallons = about 2 deeps and a medium. From 2 hives total (we put deep supers on one of our mad, mad hives).

      We’re using a stainless honey extractor of the centrifuge variety. They’re a bit pricey but someone fabulous gave us his recently and it works like a dream.

      • karcuri13 June 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

        They are rather pricey. I think I’m going with a good old 5 gallon pail this year and see how I do. If I end up starting a few more hives next year, I may invest in a more fancy extractor. Either that, or meet a fabulous person who will give me theirs 🙂

  2. teeandzee June 16, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Thanks for the laugh this morning. Starting my day of right with a little Lebowski and the triumph of bees over pesticidal maniacs.

    • mistress beek June 16, 2010 at 7:18 am #

      Hey Tee, thanks for stopping by! Lebowski never fails to pull us through, man 😉

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