Sale of Bulk Stocks of 2019 Honey – ALL now either Reserved or SOLD.

RBKA did have some 600lbs remaining of Honey harvested from our apiaries during 2019. In normal times this would have been jarred and labelled and provided an important source of income by being sold to the public at village fairs, fetes and summer shows during 2020. 

Meanwhile, during this year, the significant yields from our Brockham and Buckland apiaries in particular, under Richard Ramsden’s stewardship, as well as a useful contribution from Henfold apiary, have ensured that we now have very ample stocks of 2020 honey to meet hoped for demand at such events throughout 2021.

Hence the 2019 stock was offered for sale

to members and third parties in storage buckets

(each holding ~20 to 30lbs weight); at £3 per lb.

  … and it a has ALL gone fast to Members!

Every bucket of stock offered for sale is identified by a label with its Lot Number, providing the day, month and year of extraction, the source Apiary and a sequential Bucket No. The Net weight of honey in each bucket is marked on the bucket lid. Fill weights of individual buckets do vary, with the cost of a bucket being determined by the weight of honey contained.

THANK YOU for the interest and support.

Listing of Honey Sellers

Honey for sale but by who and whereOur public website now provides a listing of locations where some of our members are offering their honeybee related products for sale to the public, either directly, or via village stores or local market stalls.

Visit ‘Members Honey For Sale‘  to see the listing.

Since the demise last year of the monthly Farmers market stall that used to provide an outlet for both RBKA’s and some Members honey and other products, enquiries have been frequently received, via the public website; asking where local honey can now be bought.

The scheme now operational seeks to address that issue. Hopefully full-filling a modest consumer demand and providing an ‘out of season’ outlet for members surplus stocks. Members selling in this way will also be ambassadors for Reigate Beekeepers.

To keep the management and operation of the scheme as simple and discreet as possible, there are just three steps. [Read more…]

Question – What is Propolis and How Does It Benefit Bees ?

propolisPropolis is the soft, pliable and very sticky orange substance that gums all the hive parts together and stains your clothes during summer hive inspections. It is also the hard and brittle orange sealant that has to be cracked open in order to enter the hive during the Winter or early Spring.

No wonder it goes by the name ‘bee glue’ !

Historically, it has been unpopular with beekeepers, who have tended to selectively breed the propolising trait out of their bees.

But there is much more to propolis, and perhaps it is time to review our approach to propolis in our bee hives.

Click the page image below or the link to open the full BeeNews article about propolis, and its many benefits to honey bees.

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Question – What is Honey Comb and Why Do Bees Make It ?

honeycombFirst of all it is not just honey comb that we will discuss, because comb has more functions that just containing honey.

In addition to providing the prime structure for brood rearing, products storage etc. within a hive or nest, comb is also used for the following functions.

● Transmission of vibrations created by worker bees and the queen bee.
● Pheromone deposition.
● Emission of volatile odours that serve as a foraging stimulus.
● Dancing platform for communicating the best foraging sites.
● Clustering for thermoregulation.
● Water spreading for thermoregulation

Click the page image below or the link to open the full BeeNews article about bee comb, and how comb in the hive is used differently to comb in a wild nest.