Red House Honey had a merry time at the Mayfield Retirement Residence in Prescott recently. Residents, staff and visitors to the Open House delighted RHH with their questions and overall interest in the honey extraction process, what bees get up to in the hive, and their support of local honey.
RHH lugged in the dear old Lega extractor (which many residents observed looked like their mothers’ and grandmothers’ washing machines of old) and was able to demonstrate the process of spinning, via centrifugal force, which extracts the honey from the honey comb.
Visitors were eager to see the empty honey frames and box which RHH brought, and could see how the bees made the honey comb and where the honey is stored.
One adventurous young lady tried on a beekeeper’s hat, veil and gloves; others examined the smoker (used to calm the bees while working in the hive) and other beekeeper’s tools. Many were amused that a “Beekeeping for Dummies” book exists. Believe me, you feel dumb when you are being swarmed by 60,000 bees!