Welcome to The Panoramic Project!
The Duck Shack Honey Project:
First of all: Yes, the bees in the picture are our bees. They have been very busy making honey and bringing in pollen to feed their young. Here is a recent video showing the bees in action as seen from their front porch:
In early February 2013 we harvested 28 lbs of honey that was not needed by the bees over the winter. This harvest is late season (fall 2012) Mt. Tam honey. On March 22, 2013 we harvested 30 lbs of spring honey, which the bees started collecting in late January. On April 5th we harvested an additional 32 lbs of spring honey.
Because of the types of flowers available, late season honey is darker and richer (think caramel) than Spring honey. It is delicious by itself or to add flavor and sweetness to your tea, cereal, toast, or in your cooking. You may notice some crystallization which is entirely natural (some nectar crystallizes easily, some does not). The honey crystals will dissolve when heated. While all of our Fall 2012 honey is sold, you can look for a new crop as the days grow shorter.
Spring honey includes nectar from Manzanita, coastal scrub, wildflowers, heather, Black Acacia, plum, cherry, apple, orange, grapefruit, and lemon blossoms. While lighter than late season honey, it is still full bodied and delicious. In addition to using it on our toast, waffles, cereal, coffee, tea, and other drinks — we love to make honey sweetened lemonade (using lemons from our lemon tree) with this honey. It adds its distinct flavor without overpowering the drink’s flavor.
At the moment (June 28, 2013) tanoak, or tan oak if you prefer, is the flavor of the day. We have been watching our bees in the field (a good place to see them is on Railroad Grade) gathering large loads of pollen for their brood and nectar for those cold winter nights. Lots of happy buzzing on the Mountain right now! Here’s a picture of one of the girls at work:
Our bees are a labor of love. The revenue we realize from honey sales goes right back to supporting our bees through equipment, breeding, and management investments.
Over the last decade honeybees have been under attack from mites, viruses, pesticides, and Colony Collapse Disorder (i.e. “we don’t know why, but our bees are gone or dead” disease). One of the most important things we, as humans, can do to help them is to support more bee colonies. At the moment The Panoramic Project has two survivor colonies (through good living conditions no chemicals used to help them survive) and one new colony. Your support is very much appreciated. So on behalf of our honeybees, and honeybees in general: Thank you!
Duck Shack Honey is
available in the following re-usable jar sizes: sold out for the season. When the next crop (hopefully this Autumn) is ready we will have more available in the following jar sizes:
- 7.2 oz. (by weight) — $10/jar or $8/refill
- 10.0 oz. (by weight) — $12/jar or $10/refill
- 13.5 oz. (by weight) — $15/jar or $13/refill
All prices include California sales tax.
To join our mailing list to be notified when the next crop of honey is available, please use the simple form below. We will only use your email no notify you about the new crop and for no other purpose.