Our honey is pure honey made by bees foraging in the Collingtree Park area. It is not pasteurised nor blended. It is simply honey harvested from our beehives and strained to remove wax particles of the honeycomb.
The taste and colour of our honey will vary according to the time of year it is extracted and forage available.
All pure honey will granulate or become solid in cool weather, and this condition is, in fact, the best proof of its quality. It can be easily restored to the liquid state by standing the jar in hot water, first loosening the cap. The heating of the water should continue until the honey becomes liquid. The jar should stand on two strips of wood so that there is water below as well as around the jar. Use of a microwave is not recommended because it will destroy the enzymes and 'cook' the honey.
Honey is not suitable for infants under 12 months old.
We look after our bees by regular inspections to make sure that there is enough stores for them throughout the year.
For healthcare all our hives have a 'Bee Gym' placed inside the hive to help bees clear any mites clinging to their bodies.
For their comfort we use WBC (named after its inventor William Broughton Carr) hives. These hives are double walled to provide the bees with better insulation from cold in the winter and heat in the summer.
We do not buy mated Queens nor imported bees. We breed local strain of 'black' bees, Apis Mellifera Mellifera.
We are members of Bee Improvement & Bee Breeding Association. www.bibba.com.
BIBBA's main aim is to encourage breeding bees from local strains and improve the quality of our honey bees.
Our Apiary is registered with National Bee Base www.nationalbeeunit.com.
We submit our honey sample twice a year for analysis to UK's National Honey Monitoring Scheme www.honey-monitoring.ac.uk. An analysis report from a sample submitted in September 2019 is available below.
Honey bees make honey from the nectar of flowers. They suck up the nectar with their proboscis (tongue) and carry the nectar back to the hive in their stomachs where they then pass it to other worker bees who take it and store it in cells they have made themselves with beeswax produced from their own wax glands. The water is evaporated out of the nectar by the bees fanning the honeycomb with their wings. When the honey is ready each individual cell is sealed with a white beeswax capping.
You may wonder why our honey can vary in taste and colour from jar to jar. This is because the flavour and colour of the honey depends on the floral nectar source and can vary between locations and even between hives which are side by side in the same apiary. The honey from our apiary is not blended so that you can be sure that the honey you buy from us is local to Collingtree Park.
Collingtree Park is a Golf Course with houses around it. Our apiary is sited in our garden adjacent to the Golf Course. Bees can forage within a radius of three miles (five kilometres). Analysis of our honey sample submitted in September 2019 is shown below.
If you suffer with allergies, especially hay fever, you can benefit from taking honey every day. As the bees collect the nectar from the plants they also collect the pollen. Some of the pollen ends up in the honey but as the pollen amount is so small it does not bring on symptoms but instead acts in the same way a vaccination does by building up the body's own immune defence so that when its hay fever time your body has its own defence ready and you no longer suffer.
Check here for next harvest around end May 2021.
Our 2020 honey is clear when bottled, however, it may harden/thicken because it is pure English honey. The hardening, granulation, or crystallisation of our honey is a characteristic of the purity of our honey and this is a natural process. To restore it to its liquid state please see instructions on jar and above. The colour and consistency may vary depending on forage available.
Our honey is not blended, nor pasteurised (not heated), or hyper-filtered. It can also be referred to as 'raw' honey. It is simply strained to remove the wax particles of the honeycomb.
Available as 1 pound (454 gm) jar of honey for £6.00 each for collection from 35 Augusta Avenue, Northampton NN4 0XP (For map please scroll down). Payment can be made either cash on collection or by bank transfer. For bank and delivery/mail order details please see below.
Once payment has been made to our bank account or if it is a cash payment on collection please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange suitable time for collection. Our preferred time for collection is between 4 and 5 pm on most afternoons. Collection from 35 Augusta Avenue, Northampton, NN4 0XP (For map please scroll down).
Payment can be made by bank transfer (BACS) to our bank account:
Account Name: R Raja Bank: NatWest
Sort Code: 60-15-55
Account No: 7793 7139
Please quote your name as Reference
We can supply a pack of 4 jars (454 gm each) of honey to a UK address inclusive of postage and packing for £34.00. Once you have made payment to our bank account (details above) please email us on: email@example.com your name and address.
35 Augusta Avenue, Collingtree Park, Northampton, NN4 0XP, UK
Drive past House No 29, turn left into cul de sac, and we are at one o'clock (2nd house on RHS) as you walk/drive in. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your query and we will contact you.