December 8th, 2011
by Royal W. Draper

Wow…I didn’t realize how long it has been since I posted anything…guess I was even busier than I thought I was.

We finally finished extracting and it was a pitiful year, we only averaged around 50 pounds per hive. We left a lot of honey on the hives as many of them were very strong and looked like they needed it. Hopefully they all make it through the winter, although that’s not likely, but we would love to have a year were we only lose a few hives and not like 100 of them like the last couple of years.

We have been working on bottling honey to replace inventory that was nearly depleted. My hands are getting some nice calluses too from putting lids on the jars, since we have been putting an average of around a ton of honey all into jars with every batch we bottle. We have sold out of chunk and cut comb honeys as well as Tulip Poplar, and some sizes of Tupelo. None of which will be back in stock until late spring or early summer if at all, depending on production. We are even running low on beeswax. Demand for the bee products is either increasing or the supply just isn’t there…I would say both.

I have started doing inventory and it isn’t any fun. I wish everything was computerized so I didn’t have to go out in the cold warehouse and count everything 1…2…3…4…5…6…etc. I have been doing the inventory by myself for 25 years now.

My daughter had something amazing happen. She is in college and is a member of a church group that wants to go to New York City on a missions trip to help the needy. It is sponsored by a national group and costs a substantial amount of money per student to cover hotel, travel and food expenses. Well she was having a hard time raising enough to go and was feeling depressed about. She finally posted on FaceBook what she was doing just a few days before the money was due. Well her prayers were answered when a long time friend of mine saw her post and offered to pay for the entire thing. What a blessing it was and she is so excited to go…I guess God really wanted her to go. She is one of the most giving, loving people I know and I’m sure she will be able to help someone in need to feel a little better around Christmas. I’m proud of you girl!

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