Sunday, October 30, 2011
A Beekeeper's Day Off: Road Trip to Alvinston, Ontario
It was time for a road trip. Now this trip just so happened to head south down to Alvinston. Our bee club was booked to have a tour of a large beekeeping plant at Munro Honey, a family based business.
Here's photos and descriptions from our tour. If you're a small time beekeeper this can certainly get your saliva running. Just think of it as something to aspire to :)
Let's start with the Mead, honey wine. Munro honey makes award winning wines that they ship all over the world. They said they can't ship to the USA but they can ship overseas.
This way each jar is filled identically.
It was interesting to note that with a plant this large they still fill their jars one at a time. But one does have to have something left for the Christmas wish list :)
Munro Honey runs about 3,000 hives. In addition to honey they sell comb honey, wax, mite resistant Buckfast queens and nucs as well as beekeeping supplies.
I couldn't resist a painted wall hanging that said:
"Buzzed on Local Honey"
Their gift shop is well stocked with tasteful items, most of them bee related.
The honey can sit to bubble out for a few days.
Then it goes into this large heated tank and from there it can be piped to any number of machines or bottlers by turning a valve.
Next we looked at a heated tank that holds a few gallons of honey ...
well maybe more than a few gallons.