Hope everything is going well with all of you. Things are good and busy (as always) in Savannah. The weather is amazing and the bees are very happy about this. Last week, three of us took advantage of this weather and spent part of the afternoon overhauling the hives in the bee garden that sits alongside our warehouse. We checked on all the hives, cleaned numerous bee boxes, lots of frames, and brought in 6 more packages of bees. We did a little bit of an experiment with our queens for the new hives. We couldn’t find any queens to buy this year so we tried taking unhatched queen cells/swarm cells from one hive and placing them in another. I guess we will see how it all turns out. Right now we’ve been feeding the new bees honey and water and letting them get settled into the bee garden.
The Grand Opening for our latest retail store was in Charleston earlier this month. We had a few parties during the grand opening in week to celebrate and we had a great time with our new Charleston friends. The store is really beautiful and we’re so lucky to be in such a perfect space on King Street. During the grand opening the Mayor of Charleston, Mayor Riley, came out, met with all us and had such nice things to say about the company. I really liked that guy.
New Machinery Move-In 2011 is moving right along. We were at a bit of a standstill because our compressor blinked out on us, but we’re back in action as of this week. The newest addition to our conveyor line is our capping machine. The machine fills the bottle of honey, rolls it down the line, cap is placed on top, tightened, and then sent on its way through the labeling and sealing machine. Jason, one of our production guys, has got it working like a champion. We’re going to have a video of the entire process soon, so be on the lookout for that.
It has gotten to that point of year where Tupelo honey couldn’t come any sooner to us. We just bottled our last 3 drums of tupelo. So orders are beginning to be cancelled and that is no fun. Should be an early bloom of tupelo (maybe as early as the 20th of April) but of course you just never know. And fresh Orange Blossom honeycombs should be arriving sometime next week! So get ready because this stuff tastes just like a blossom when it comes off the hives.