Bees and Such Ep7

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Bees and Such Ep7

We are BACK!!! In this episode, we talk with Thad and Melissa Martin from Holly Creek Farms! Check them out on Instagram: @hollycreekfarm

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Fall Market Season and New Loyalty Program

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Fall Market Season and New Loyalty Program

After a short break from farmers markets and festivals, we are ready to start back up!

Next Saturday, October 1, marks the opening of the Fall 2016 Ruston Farmers Market season. We really appreciate all our Ruston customers so much. This is where we got our start and is still our most loyal customer base. 

We want to thank all of our customers and to do so have started a new loyalty program! Every time you visit us at a farmers market, fair or festival, we will give you a chance to sign up for the loyalty program. After being signed up, every $10 you spend will earn a star. After you have 10 stars, you'll get 10% off your next purchase! As a bonus, we will also ask for your birthdate (not including the year for those that are age conscious) and send you a coupon on your birthday for a free product or discounted purchase!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Ruston Farmers Market on Saturday, October 1!

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We are still here!

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We are still here!

It has been another busy year at Jennings Apiaries. We spent most of the season selling our Langstroth equipment and making the transition into completely doing top bar beekeeping.

We have also been busy getting our products ready for the various events coming up soon. We have the Ruston Farmers Market, Ruston Makers Fair and the Shreveport Farmers Market all happening in the next month. We also are proud to announce that we will be at Whole Foods when it opens in Shreveport on November 16!  We have put a lot of effort, time and money into getting our products ready for being in such a big retailer and are excited about the opportunity to get our products out to more people.

There will be some new products rolling out over the next couple of months and we will keep our subscribers up to date :)

We are also proud to announce that the podcast is making a comeback with an interview with Hilary Kearney, of girlnextdoorhoney.com fame. Les Crowder will also be coming up very soon, so stay tuned!

Special thanks to  Gary and Margaret from Kiwimana  for the wonderful gift basket. Aaron ate the entire honey/pear chocolate bar :D

Special thanks to Gary and Margaret from Kiwimana for the wonderful gift basket. Aaron ate the entire honey/pear chocolate bar :D

Please stay tuned as we are back and will be making more updates!

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Long time...

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Long time...

We have been extremely busy in real life, thus we haven't made too many posts on social media and on this blog.

Lauren and I got married, moved to a small farm, started working on and living in our tiny house, raising chickens, built an outdoor shower and outhouse, and started getting our farm ready for growing produce this year. That's just a few of the things that have kept us busy.

I want to start the podcast back up and start semi-regular posting on this blog. We intend on including more topics including our farming adventures and tiny house living. Look forward to more information and some new bee pics soon!

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Bees and Such Episode #4 - Alice Varon

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Bees and Such Episode #4 - Alice Varon

I have been a member of the Certified Naturally Grown program since I started beekeeping. I got to interview the director of CNG, Alice Varon.

We discuss CNG in general and how it is a helpful organization for beekeepers in particular that are using natural/treatment free methods.

Check out their website and consider joining!

naturallygrown.org

And check out their free marketing lessons and more on:

standoutinyourfield.org

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Top Bar Super Update

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Top Bar Super Update

I went and checked the top bar supers that I built. They are all showing growth of comb, although a bit slower than I expected. I think that is because of all the rain we have been receiving. It hasn't allowed the bees to actually store excess honey because just about the time they collect a bunch of nectar it rains for several days in a row and they eat it all.

I attached foundation to the guides and have noticed that the bees chew away the foundation from the guid and have started the combs on the part of the foundation that extended down past the cleat/guide. I will include some pictures that help show everyone what I'm talking about.

I am starting to shake swarms in from my hives into top bar boxes now as well. I am closing them up for a day with a feeder and using vinyl screen mesh. I am taking some of the combs that have been started in my top bar supers and placing them inside the new artificial swarms to give them something to cluster around and make it a little more homey.

I intend to feed them fairly heavily to get them to build combs up and start to prep for winter. I enjoy beekeeping because I am always having to think months ahead and how the things I do today will affect the future. We are always learning something new!

There will continue to be updates as the summer progresses!

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