Inspired almost. Ha ha.
I think the first question came in mid-April. "Do you have comb honey yet?"
We were of course sold out.
We're always sold out. I don't think we've ever made it past midwinter with cut comb sections. It's a hot item.
So I patiently explain that it may be a wait. "I don't know... maybe by the middle of July?"
Then July comes and here come the questions. In rapid fire.
Sometimes I'm patient, sometimes not so much. (As some of you can attest.)
"Nope, no comb..."
See, it's not like I can just snap my fingers and make an arbitrary comb honey deadline.
I'm not going to get into the details.
Two critical components to comb honey production are:
1. Strong bees
2. Strong nectar flow
Even if you've built your bees up to the verge of swarming, you need a steady and extended nectar flow to make anything happen.
If you have the kind of rainy, spotty summer like we've had, you end up with a lot of half filled frames.
Half filled frames only get you a bunch of chunk honey.
I try to stress "Pretty" to Maggie and the gang. "Pretty" is what we're going for here. Pretty sells.
West Side Story plays in the background. Maria sings "I feel pretty."
Then the Sharks and the Jets come on. Maggie and Henry start fighting.
Comb honey gets chaotic.