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Responsible Beekeeping: Our 2023 Summer Blossom Honey Harvest Update

Honey bee on a sunflower collecting pollen

At Solsgirth Home Farm, our dedication to sustainable practices and the art of beekeeping is unwavering. Recently, many of you at our market noticed the absence of our summer blossom products. We want to explain why our best-selling produce is no longer available both in our stall and online. The reason behind our depleted supply stems from the challenging wet summer of 2023, a season that made headlines and impacted the beekeeping community throughout Scotland.

Our Farmer Market display of our Honey and awards

The persistent rain wreaked havoc on our bees, hindering their foraging abilities and limiting their access to precious summer blossom pollen and nectar. In response, our resilient bees relied on their stored honey reserves to weather the storm. To support them through this trying time, we supplemented their diet with fondant to ensure their well-being despite the adverse weather conditions.

Summer blossom honey display winning first place award at Royal Highland Show 2022

We made the decision to forgo harvesting honey from the affected hives, prioritizing the health and longevity of our colonies above all else. While this decision impacted our Summer Blossom honey reserves, it reaffirmed our commitment to responsible beekeeping practices.

Our beehives in a sunflower field

Looking ahead to the coming summer, we remain hopeful in being able to replenish our honey stocks and the opportunity to once again share the exquisite taste of our Summer Blossom honey with you. And fear not—if you're in need of a sweet treat, our Set honey, sourced from hives near Rapeseed Fields, remains readily available.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate the unpredictable rhythms of nature. Stay tuned for more updates and insights into the enchanting world of beekeeping at Solsgirth Home Farm!


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