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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Raw Kosher Honey for Jewish New Year

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Raw, natural honeycomb

Raw, natural honeycomb

Red House Honey has just begun harvesting its 2016 crop of raw, OVH-certified kosher golden honey. We have 250 g and 140 g jars available. Call, message, tweet or email us for prices. Red House Honey produces its kosher honey under the supervision of Rabbi Levy Teitlebaum, and each jar bears the OVH certification mark.

This year, our kosher honey will be the subject of a pre-Jewish New Year article in the Jewish Bulletin, which will also list our great and loyal suppliers.

Don’t forget to order our best-selling Honey Love Body Bar.

All of our products are all-natural and made by hand, with love and care. Delivery is free and there is no tax. Items can be delivered early next week.

Straining honey

Straining honey


Raw honey comes straight out of the hive, with minimal filtering. It is not pasteurized, nor does it need to be. Unheated honey contains vital enzymes, is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. Heating destroys honey’s vital nutrients although it does keep honey in its liquid state. If your raw honey crystallizes (hardens) just pop it in a warm water bath. Never microwave it!

Honey and honeycomb are considered “superfoods” meaning they are loaded with good things that provide abundant nutrition and health benefits. Honey contains simple sugars (sucrose and glucose). It is easily digested and can be converted to energy quickly. It has anti-oxidant properties and can discourage growth of micro-organisms due to its anti-microbial content.

Eating raw honey or honey right out of the comb is probably the sweetest thing you can do! Raw honey contains all the main amino acids and necessary B, C, D and E vitamins as well as essential enzymes. Honey is also said to boost metabolism and fight fat.

The Sweetest Thing....

The Sweetest Thing….

Honey’s antibiotic properties can have a big effect on your body. It cleans blood vessels and aids in digestion, not to mention it’s instant energy boost — much better than an energy drink.

Honey and honeycomb contain water, pollen, fructose, glucose, organic acids, proteins & enzymes. Bee pollen contains lavish amounts of protein, fibre, fatty acids and B-vitamins, making it an ideal energy boosting supplement.”

Find out more about us at www.redhousehoney.ca.

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The Sweetest Thing….

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#redhousehoney06 What’s the sweetest thing?
Fresh, raw, kosher Red House Honey, that’s what!

The Sweetest Thing....

The Sweetest Thing….

A Little Jar of Sunshine from Red House Honey

A Little Jar of Sunshine from Red House Honey


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THE NEW HONEY IS HERE! KOSHER! RAW! FRESH!

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#redhousehoney THE NEW HONEY IS HERE! KOSHER! RAW! FRESH!

Installing the newbies

Installing the newbies (new bees) 2


RAW/Kosher Honey 140 g

RAW/Kosher Honey 140 g


RAW/Kosher Honey 250 ml

RAW/Kosher Honey 250 ml


Red House Honey’s 2015 crop of all-natural, raw, OVH-certified kosher honey is here! Get it while it’s still warm! Mmmmm good!
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Help Save the Bees! Plant Bee-Friendly Plants Like Red House Honey’s Double Bubble Pink Poppy Seeds Available Now!

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Help Save the Bees! Plant Bee-Friendly Plants Like Red House Honey's Double Bubble Pink Poppy Seeds Available Now!

Help Save the Bees! Plant Bee-Friendly Plants Like Red House Honey’s Double Bubble Pink Poppy Seeds Available Now!

#redhousehoney06 Red House Honey’s
Double Bubble Pink Poppy
(Papaver Paeoniflorum ).
We’ve grown this pink poppy here at the Red House for several years, and the bees love these massed blooms. Flower heads vary in size from about 25mm-100mm or more! Stems are upright and strong, growing to about 82cm tall. Scatter poppy seed on ordinary worked soil, in full sun, in early fall or as soon as the earth is visible in spring. Press seed lightly into the earth but do not cover. Light watering, being careful not to dislodge the seeds, is beneficial. Fall planting will result in spring blooms; spring planting bestows late summer blooms. Generally grows well in zones 5-8 but may be even hardier. Let us know! Does not transplant well. 226 grams of seed should cover 185 sq.metres in a scattered flower format known as “meadow seeding”. Seed is not edible. Available in three sizes. 1. Small flowerbed: Approx. 15 g. $5; 2. Medium flowerbed: approx. 75 g: $20. 3. Extra-Large (Seed a small meadow): approx. 200 g bag: $40.

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What Men Really Want for Father’s Day: A Red House Honey!

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FEELING DIRTY? Give your guy something he REALLY wants for Father’s Day: A Red House Honey…super gift box. Contains a slow-burning Light Up Ur Nights 100% beeswax candle for sexy time, a jar of raw FARM/Select Apiaries all-natural honey for slathering everywhere, a bar of one of our super-smelling soaps for rinsing off (such as “Feeling Dirty?” or “Honey Love Body Bar” — and a Scrumptious Body Scrub for soothing and smoothing. It’s a couples’ activity….but Dad can do it alone, too. Or Mum. Or anybody, really. The more the merrier, we say.

Super Gift Box

Super Gift Box

 

 

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TreeAzin, Emerald Ash Borer treatment, toxic to bee brood

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Of course, there is more bad news for bees. This from the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association:

TreeAzin, the treatment most frequently recommended for this pest, is a tree-injected systemic which can be very toxic to bee brood. The label makes it clear that it should not be applied until after the blooming period – which in Ontario would be mid to late June – and also recommends not applying more frequently than every two years.

So, before you think about treating your ash trees with this chemical, please, check with your REGISTERED pesticide applicator AND your municipality.

Our neighbourhood has  been absolutely decimated  by the Emerald Ash Borer. Whole forested areas are now denuded.  How can we strike a balance  been preservation and extermination of pests?

Your thoughts are welcome….

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RHH teams up with Canadian Thyroid Foundation at Health and Wellness Fair, Morrisburg

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Red House Honey is delighted to sponsor the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Thyroid Foundation to appear at the Health and Wellness Fair at Morrisburg Arena in Morrisburg, Ontario on May 6.  Red House Honey products will be for sale – including our legendary RAW/Kosher OVH certified kosher honey, our FARM/Select Apiaries honeys, our distinctive  red gift boxes  (“sweetness in a little red box”) which include our Body Therapy Bars (Honey Love Body Bar, Lily Loves Lavender, Hamish’s Highland Lad Lather…and more), Scrumptious Body Scrub and Luv Ur Beeswax Candles.

The Thyroid Foundation will be giving out information about this tiny but extremely important little gland in your throat…and why you should be very, very kind to it!

See you there!

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Will the bees make it?

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Bees in Winter

Bees in Winter

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Will the bees make it? Come on girls! It has been a very, very hard winter–in fact, the hardest in several decades. Three of our hives are dead and we can only hope and pray that some bees survive the winter. We’ve ordered more nucs (short for nuclei, which contain four frames of bees, with a queen) which will replace the dead hives. But these take time to build up again in spring, and we are essentially starting from scratch, for the second year in a row. But the hard winter isn’t the only culprit. Neonicotinoids, used like candy in our area, are also to blame. Agrigultural lobbies — seed companies, tractor companies, insurance companies, etc.– are strong (you’ve all seen how they are shutting down the Ontario government’s town hall meetings on neonicotinoids) and they have convinced farmers that they can’t make a living planting cash crops like corn and soybeans without also using pesticides — which have the unfortunate effect of destroying the environment.
And every bit of green space must be used, to the detriment of flora and fauna.
Look carefully around your area and you will see that swaths of forests have been taken down in the last few years.
As a horseback rider, my riding buddies and I see the devastation which isn’t apparent from the roadside. Go beyond the fringe of trees which might still line the highways and you will be appalled.
Even trees that merely comprised wind breaks between fields are gone. It’s like the prairies out here.
Soon, it will be like the desert.
Many creeks which fed the St. Lawrence River are already long gone. As the topsoil dries out and blows away in the wind (because of lack of windbreaks), the crops can’t be pollinated because there are no longer any bees or flying pollinating insects. There is little genetic crop diversity. Most fields are mono crops and consist of GMOs. Corn is self-pollinating, so it doesn’t need bees, but the neonicotinoids clinging to the corn are spread by the wind. For bees, a mono crop is like a desert. When it is finished blooming, there is nothing for them, so they must fly elsewhere for nectar and pollen.
Do your small bit for the environment: Be aware that neonicotinoids are used in ethanol, corn, soybeans and that GMOs allow greater use of pesticides. Visit farmers markets where small farmers bring their produce. Buy local honey. Eschew supermarkets. Plant bee-friendly plants in your yard. Don’t use pesticides. We’ll all be the better for it. And above all, the bees will thank you with their gold.

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