Bulk honey day coming up at market

Saturday is the day Winnie the Pooh lives for every year at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market.
Once again it is Bulk Honey Day, so be sure to bring your pails, jars, bottles, cans or anything else to hold the sweet confection.
Rick Neilson, of Barwick, will be at the market on Aug. 30 with the results of this year’s production, which he says will amount to about 2,000 pounds of fresh honey.
However, it nearly didn’t happen.
“This year’s crop is surprisingly good, considering I wasn’t sure we’d have any,” said Neilson. “Last fall, we had 70 colonies going, but in the spring, there were only two left,” he added.
A combination of cold winter weather and a serious mite infestation decimated his bees and had it not been for his ability to replace them with mite-free stock from Thunder Bay, this weekend’s feature would not have been possible.
The mites, says Neilson, infect growing bee larvae kill them before they reach maturity.
Although Neilson usually works with up to 100 colonies, he was able to make up for the shortfall due to his resupply and good weather over the summer.
“We got the (new) bees late, but they’ve done well,” he explained. “The weather has been ideal for good honey production. Bees love these hot, dry conditions.”
So do the flowering grasses from which the bees gather nectar, apparently.
Neilson says this year’s crop is “very light, very good,” consisting mostly of clover and alfalfa.
“Last year’s honey was darker and heavier, so if people like the light stuff, this is their chance,” he remarked.
The farmers market opens at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Bulk Honey Day runs until the honey is gone, so you may want to be there early.
In related news, Deb Cornell, farmers’ market manager, wants to extend thanks to the participants in last Saturday’s corn-feed, reported a press release from the CVFM.
David’s Deli, a community soup kitchen will benefit because market visitors and vendors purchased a cob of corn, coffee or a pop.
Lowey’s Greenhouse and Market Garden donated the corn and the cooker. Kathy Rea at the CVFM kitchen kindly allowed us to crowd into her space and donated the pop and coffee.
Pastor Sandy McEvoy, with the help of her volunteers, provided the food and information about the soup kitchen.
If you are involved in a community group and want to publicize your organization or fund raise, call Cornell, or look for her Saturday at the market to discuss the possibilities.
Each year the market interacts with over 30 local organizations, so take advantage of this opportunity to promote your club.
Winner of the free draw for a bag of corn on the cob donated by Mark Gerber and family was Stella Keast.