Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Busy as a Bee *Honey Giveaway***

Last fall we made our annual trip to our favorite local PICK YOUR OWN Fruit farm:) Owned and Family run by A nicer older couple , HARD working farm type, who just love to chit chat your ear off if they get the chance.. Upon "check out" (with almost 4 bushels of fruit!) my husband who happened to notice a couple of old hives on the farm. of course this started a lengthy discussion on bees, beekeeping, fruit production, honey etc... as robb and the man talked i tried to keep norah from touching the fruit, throwing the fruit, running off into the hundreds of fruit treeS,,,etc,,,heheee.. I wasnt in on the discussion MUCH that day , but that man said something, so simple, yet so profound, i probably wont ever forget it..
" If we all worked half as hard as a honey bee does in its lifetime, what a better place this world would be"So how does that Liquid gold end up in jars and then onto your toast?
First, worker bees( the ladies heheee) fly out from the hive in search of nectar-rich flowers. Using its straw-like proboscis, a worker bees drinks the liquid nectar and stores it in a special stomach called the honey stomach. The bee continues to forage, visiting hundreds of flowers, until its honey stomach is full.

Within the honey stomach( bees have 2 stomachs), enzymes break down the complex sugars of the nectar into simpler sugars, which are less prone to crystallization. This process is called inversion.

the worker bee heads back to the hive and regurgitates the modified nectar for a hive(home) bee. The hive bee ingests it and further breaks down the sugars. It is then regurgitated into the honeycomb!!Now, the hive bees beat their wings furiously, fanning the nectar to evaporate its remaining water content. As the water evaporates, the sugars thicken into honey. Once the honey is finished, the hive bee caps the beeswax cell, sealing the honey into the honeycomb for later consumption.

Did you know a single worker bee produces only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime!!!! Working cooperatively, thousands of worker bees can produce over 200 pounds of honey for the colony within a year.

SO next time indulge in some ( LOCAL, RAW, ORGANIC) Honey.. remember how hard they worked<3

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A Chance to win some YUMMY RAW HONEY From our farm;)
You May enter up to 5 times. In order to be eligible for the drawing The first entry is mandatory. You must COMMENT ON THIS POST:) For Additional Enteries you can
*"LIKE" the BEE KIND FAMILY FARM page on FB & be sure and comment to let me know you did this
* Post this giveaway on your FACEBOOK page and comment to let me know you did this
*FOLLOW my Blog and comment to let me know!
*Refer a friend to our BEE KIND FAMILY FARM page on FB

That is a total of 5 CHANCES TO WIN!!!!!
PLEASE BE SURE AND COMMENT AFTER EACH ENTRY! I WILL BE PICKING THE WINNER THE OLD FASHIONED WAY,,LOL( TOTALLY FAIR I ***PROMISE*****) , OUT OF A HAT:)





The Contest will End February 6th**************

66 comments:

  1. woo-hoo! want some honey!!! hope i wiiiiiiinnnnn.

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  2. free honey !!!! i am so on this ..... i don't know how to follow blogs yet , and i can't learn anything new right now ... so can i have chance number five if i post this on the front of my website ?!?!? you prolly have to message me on the facebook to answer this question cause i dont know if ill find this again <3 ... free honey !!!!!

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  3. You know how I feel about bees! We need to join forces and spread the word about CCD and raw honey!

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  4. I have been SO inspired by the Cool family the past few years! Many thanks and many blessings♥
    Keep BEEing Kind ;*)

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  5. I follow your blog with google reader! :)

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  6. I *liked* your farm page (a few days ago) :)

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  7. now I'm off to share your post on FB! I hope I win, I LOVE honey!!!

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  8. Love you guys and all that you do! This is such a great blog. So glad you're doing it. You know I'm a fb fan :)

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  9. Yuuummmm honey! Perfect with some homemade bread. I love following your homesteading adventures!

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  10. I'm a likin' you on facebook

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  11. I'm following ya too, not really like stalking or anything...just following your blog :)

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  12. I liked your family farm page awhile back :)

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  13. I also suggested your FB page to friends :) Can you tell I like honey? Thanks again for the opportunity!

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  14. Eating raw honey is almost as fascinating as watching the waggle dance.

    Congratulations, mcoffey73
    You are now following Our Little Homestead

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  15. Great giveaway Jaime!! Love all the information in your post! i had no idea a single worker bee produces only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime! That's crazy! i want bees but Kenan is really sensitive to their stings..on the verge of being allergic i think. :(

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  16. i "LIKE" the BEE KIND FAMILY FARM page on FB
    tree tiemeyer. :)

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  17. i follow your blog!

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  18. i shared the link on facebook!
    tree tiemeyer

    enchantedtree(at)hotmail.com

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  19. Very excited about your giveaway.

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  20. I "Liked" The BEE KIND FAMILY FARM page on FB.
    Lori Norris

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  21. I follow your blog.
    clannorris@elpasotel.net
    Lori Norris

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  22. I shared the link on FB.
    clannorris@elpasotel.net
    Lori Norris

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  23. I can't wait to get bees! Hopefully, next year:) For now, I'm taking in a much local sweetness as I can!

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  24. Free honey, yet another reason to love your blog :)

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  25. I posted a link to your blog on my facebook.

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  26. And I referred several friends, I really love honey, especially local honey :) LOL

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  27. Wow! Look at all that competition! I am commenting on your lovely blog for my first change at a jar of Bee Kind Family Farm honey: )

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  28. I "liked" the Bee Kind Family Farm page on facebook as soon as I knew about it: )

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  29. I shared your giveaway on my facebook page! <3

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  30. I am now following the Our Little Homestead blog: ) <3

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  31. I referred about 20 friends to your Bee Kind Family Farm fb page: )

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  32. HI refferal from FB here!!! I just wanted to say, that, uh, your my HERO!

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  33. Thank you so much for who you are and what you do. You are an amazing woman and an inspiration to many. I am a free-range herbalist with a small organic company. We make all our own household supplies including bath and body. If you would ever be interested in trade....???

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  34. i liked the bee page. thats so great that you have a bee colony. weve been talking about doing this. its a pure simple joy. we plant numerous sunflowers so they have somewhere to chill. they love it. it seems as though the bees follow us, i think theyre just as interested in us. nothings better than raw honey

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  35. i posted this on my profile and im inviting ppl now

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  36. Oooh, a jar of the Bee Kind Family Farm honey....yes please!!! I'm so excited to read all about your homesteading adventures and bee keeping stuff. Kyle really wants bees too and this gives me the little push to figure it all out! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  37. And of course I "liked" your page on FB. :)

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  38. I just shared your blog on facebook as well.

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  39. I signed up to follow your blog too! Getting excited to hear all about the bees, yippee!!!!

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  40. And finally I suggested your facebook fan page to all my friends. :)

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  41. Thanks for the opportunity! What a great place this is! I love honey <3

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  42. ...of course I have you as a friend on fb! Honey Power!

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  43. I signed up for your blog too! I`m looking forward to keeping up with you. I am all kinds of admiration for your way of living. If ya ever need a hand with all that work let me know.I`d love to!

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  44. I just "shared" you on my fb site for all my friends to see! Did i mention that I love honey!? he!he! many thanks for the op to win some! great idea!<3

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  45. Yum yum yum....kinda wierd I'm eating regurgitated nectar...lol. But I like bee puke and I will continue to slather it on every biscuit or yeast roll I make. :)

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  46. I love honey, and I think beekeepers are really cool!

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  47. I liked the Bee Kind Family farm on Facebook!!

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  48. I shared your giveaway on Facebook and have referred you to some of my friends! :)

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  49. Thanks for sharing! I am now sending it out to the universe! I will " bee" the lucky winner of some bee kind family honey! Keep on keepin' on kind sister.
    Kindly Stephanie Janisch: Second Nature Designs

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  50. I've been amazed by your family for a long time now via Facebook - you exude a way of intentional living that we can all take inspiration from. :)

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  51. Oh, and I shared your contest on FB! Oh, and I 'liked' your sustainable farm on FB! And I'm now following your blog! And I *really* like honey! Haha! ;)

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  52. Momma wants me some honey!!! What a cute idea Miss J!!

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  53. YUM! As a food enthusiast and chef in constant training, I love the idea of the "from farm to the table" in foods. It would be a real treat to use your honey in dishes I would prepare for my family.

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  54. love your blog..you are a modern day Carla Emery.....

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  55. All steps complete except for following your blog; I'll do that as soon as I decide to blog.

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