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Honey

Harmony Hollow / Bohemian Utopia / Dallas Urban Greens have several products available for sale from our 2015 harvests.  The Summer 2016 nectar flow is done, and the honey has been harvested and bottled.  2017 nectar is currently coming in to the hives.

Our honey is “Recycled Sunshine” – The sun makes the plants grow and flower, the flowers produce sugary nectar to attract pollinators, and and the honeybees bring in nectar to their hives.  So honey – is indeed recycled sunshine.

Our mid summer and late summer/fall honeys are just as tasty – and each seasonal honey can possibly help boost your immune system at different times of the year – as there are different flowers blooming throughout the year.  Because we have a focus on sustainability, at this time, we package our honey in re-usable mason jars.    Our honey is raw, unheated and unfiltered.  While we do strain out the wax cappings, the great stuff (pollen) is left in our honey for your benefit.  Whether you prefer dark, flavorful fall honey or lighter spring honey – we have the honey for your needs.

Call us at 469-251-2BEE (2233) to arrange pickup of our products from our home in Richardson, Texas, or to see HHA_Labelwhere we may have our products for sale at a local market.  As of May 2015 Harmony Hollow bottles in a commercial kitchen, maintains a Texas Food Manufacturer’s Permit, and is registered with the FDA.

Products:

As of October 2015 – Harmony Hollow Honey can be purchased at:

Crystallized Honey (or granulated honey )

It is a normal process for pure, raw honey to eventually crystallize or granulate.  Honey itself is a super-saturated sugar solution, that has had the moisture evaporated out of it by the honeybees while in the hive.  When pollen granules are still in the honey, they provide a place for sugar crystals to form and grow.  Honey in a crystallized state IS still honey, and is just as good to eat.  It will just have a different texture.  Some marketers of honey may warm the honey to a temperature that re-liquefies it – and that is normal also – as long as it is not “heated” beyond a temperature that kills the beneficial enzymes and pollen in the honey.  Normal summertime temperatures in Texas can reach well over 110 degrees – so that’s near the ambient temperature that you will need to get your honey to if you wish to re-liquify it.  See the FAQ section for more information on re-liquefying crystallized honey if you are not keen on the texture of the granular honey.

Pollination Services

Are you involved with a farming operation that depends upon pollinators for production?

If so, you should know that pollinators – like honeybees – can greatly increase viable yield for both gardens and large agriculture.

Recycled Sunshine Honey

One study – performed by Rachid Sabbah, and published in the Journal of Economic Entomology in April of 2005, indicates that: ” a study on the effects of honeybee pollination increased production of canola seed by 46%. As an example of what this could mean for you… Suppose that you have 2 gardens. In each garden you have the same number of cucumber plants. But in one garden, you have added a honeybee hive for pollination. If the garden without honeybees produces 100 pounds of cucumbers… the garden WITH honeybees might produce almost 150 pounds of cucumbers from the same number of plants.”

Texas has a variety of crops that benefit from additional pollinators:  Blackberry, Blueberry, Melon, Squash, Black Oil Sunflower, Soybean, rapeseed (canola), etc.

Here’s a partial list of plants that benefit from honeybees’ efforts for pollination:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_plants_pollinated_by_bees

If you are interested in having hives of honeybees placed on your farm for pollination, please contact me via email or my voicemail number ( 469-251-2BEE (2233)) – and we can discuss your needs and the cost (or simple placement for a nectar crop exchange) for the pollinator services.

Please note – My preference is to only service organically managed or pollinator-conscious farms.  If you are committed to farming in a healthy manner, then please feel free to contact me.

Farms with sprayed poisons, insecticides, and fungicides at rates exceeding the label directions or during daytime foraging times will probably be excluded from my services.  (nighttime application is generally safer for the pollinators).   These external and systemic chemicals harm honeybees, so I choose to not expose my honeybees to those environmental stresses.

With those restrictions on my honeybee pollinator placements – if you still want/need bees on your crops – contact me.