The green beans of summer are drawing me home….

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Red House Honey’s Russian Red Kale. Get yours Saturday at Prescott Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market. Coming soon, beans, glorious green beans and our rapidly germinating Horse Chestnuts, soon to be trees.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dangerous honey!

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Dangerous, honey! Ottawa Airport Security staff do not understand the difference between weight and volume. A client of RHH presented herself at security, intending to carry on RHH’s 140g (100mL) jar of honey in her hand luggage. She explained that honey is calculated by weight not volume and that 140 g equalled 100 millilitres. No, she was told, “we treat them all the same.” Huh? She was forced to ditch the honey .. and for some reason to scoop some out into the garbage. At least the skies are safe … from dangerous 100 mL jars of honey.

FARM Dark/Buckwheat 250 g

FARM Dark/Buckwheat 250 g

Seen Saturday @ official opening of Prescott Farmers’ & Crafters’ Market

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Seen Saturday at the official opening of the Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.

 Seen at the Prescott Farmers' Market Official Opening

How Much is That Doggie in Your Jacket? Seen at the Prescott Farmers’ Market Official Opening

Thanks to Una Rhodes and Brenda Steinburg for all their hard work leading up to this very successful day. 

Fort Henry Garrison Store and Live to Learn/Maitland

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Red House Honey’s raw, natural, kosher honey will be for sale in Fort Henry’s historic Garrison Store this summer. Thanks to Dana Webster for facilitating this.

Red House Honey is also thrilled to be part of an 8-week session aimed at children and parents aged 7-12 called Live to Learn at MERC Hall in Maitland during April and May. 

I will be giving a talk (more of a bee-party, really) which is tentatively titled: 

“The Bees Knees: Dancing with Pollinators (part 1)” — and —” Old MacDonald Had a Permaculture Farm (part 2)” 

There will be only one class, held on May 23, 2017 at 10 a.m.

During this very active one hour we will be learning fun stuff about bees like how to do the bee dance (telling our fellow bees how to find a pollen stash with just our wings and, um, maybe our bums), finding out what pollinators such as bees really like and really don’t like (bees don’t like RED flowers, believe it or not!) and creating unique drawings of our own permaculture farms, all to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm!” So if you like to sing, dance, draw and can’t sit still, sign up for this class!  

For kids ages 7 to 12. It is appreciated if younger children could be supervised by a parent/caregiver.

There are no additional materials cost; please bring your own markers, crayons or pencil crayons if you can. 
Honey, soaps, our unique Bee-Friendly Garden in a Box, and other Red House Honey items will be available for sale. Please try our products! Hope to see you there! 

Here is who to contact if you’d like to attend:

BHL Live to Learn
bhllivetolearn@gmail.com
www.bhllivetolearn.blogspot.com

Cranking the Red House Honey extractor

Cranking the Red House Honey extractor

Red House Honey, a natural, kosher-certified apiary on the shores of the St. Lawrence River, near Cardinal, ON. Red House Honey sells natural vegetables and fruits, non-GMO seeds, honey, soaps and tries hard to be free of pesticides and not to use (or to recycle) plastics. Check out what is going on down at the farm:  www.redhousehoney.cawww.facebook.com/artisanalhoney and @redhousehoney06 on Twitter.

Out with the old, in with the new

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Cleaning out old hives, getting rid of dead bees and too much honey comb inside the hives is not my favourite task, but it has to be done. Plus, it heralds the coming of spring, and with it, a bunch of new bee colonies–and you know what that means? Honey! It also means the time is drawing closer when we can really get our new, 11-acre permaculture farm up and running. And that means more yummy fruits and veggies, a clover cover crop, ducks in the ponds and goats…well, probably up in the trees. There’s a reason the young ones are called “kids.” They are always up to something!

 

Cleaning out a dead hive

Cleaning out a dead hive

A frame of honey

A frame of honey

Dead bees on a full frame of honey

Dead bees on a full frame of honey

Winterkilled bees

Winterkilled bees

RHH= NO PLASTIC

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Plastic in Paradise

We hiked two hours through a nature preserve to reach this deserted beach, and found it covered with plastic. On-going clean-up efforts were evident, but there is no stopping the tide…of plastic!

RHH makes every effort not use plastic containers for its products. Sometimes, it is hard to avoid,  but we try to recycle items as much as possible, and dispose responsibly. We use glass bottles and recyclable products whenever we can, even if it is a little more expensive. 

Why?

Our oceans are filling with plastic products such as bags and bottles, which are killing not only unsuspecting sea life such as whales, but our entire planet.  

On a recent trip to Costa Rica, known for its protection of biological and zoological habitat, we were shocked to see mountains of plastic on the pacific ocean beaches and inlets, swept in by tides. Otherwise pristine beaches are covered in plastic and must be cleaned up by volunteers—a herculean and thankless task. 

Join with us and kick the plastic habit!  We use glass bottles and recyclable products whenever we can, even if it is a little more expensive.

In the long run, it could  save us all!

Read more at www.plasticoceans.org

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Red House Honey Fun, Fun, Fun!

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Here’s a glimpse of some of the fun we’ve had over the past few years. Can’t wait until spring!

Egg huntin' and chicken lovin'

Egg huntin’ and chicken lovin’

Getting the assistant beekeepers suited up

Getting the assistant beekeepers suited up

Uncapping the frames

Uncapping the frames

A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

One Happy Customer!

One Happy Customer!

Red House Honeys @ Limmud

Red House Honeys @ Limmud

Straining honey

Straining honey


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Groovy Growings for a Succulent Summer

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Check out Red House Honey’s Hothouse offerings for summer, 2017. Just received: oodles of all-natural, heirloom seeds sourced from our favourite Ontario seed producer, The Cottage Gardener.

Along with our scrumptious raw, all-natural, certified kosher honey, we will be offering:

White Sage, native smudging ceremonies
Little Fingers Eggplant
Red Express Cabbage
Scotia Tomatoes
Bull Nose Peppers
MacGregor’s Favourite Beets
Sumter Cucumbers
Speckled Lettuce
Italian Large Leaf Basil
Paris Market Carrots
Painted Mountain Corn
Aurora Hot Peppers

Along with our usual Russian Red Kale, Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans, Lavender, Mint, Dill, French Tarragon, Raspberries, Apples and other goodies.

We never use chemicals or commercial fertilizers on our crops, out of respect for our bees–and ourselves. We are investigating organic certification and hope to sow a crop of white clover on our newly-acquired 11-acre field.

Catch us at Prescott Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market this spring, summer and fall! Or drop us a line. We love to chat!

Groovy Growings for a Savour Summer

Groovy Growings for a Savour Summer

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