from outta left field…

from outta left field…

Today Dave and I were privileged to take part in  the grand opening of British Columbia’s newest Cidery – Left Field Cider Co. Their full-juice, artisan ciders are crafted in small batches and are a true example of a premium quality traditional cider. ...
First foundationless frame drawn

First foundationless frame drawn

Dave and I did a full inspection on our bees today. It was the first time that I backed off and let him handle a hive without me getting all excited and jumping in and taking over…and he did great – even without gloves or smoke. We got a great chance to...
What’s needed: Time

What’s needed: Time

One of the objectives of this past year’s cider viability project was to share not only the results of the testbatch surveys, but also provide some insight into the experience of learning to make cider. And did we ever learn alot. Making cider, in commercial...
Mid-May Update: Blossoms & Bees

Mid-May Update: Blossoms & Bees

Apple blossoms are coming into full bloom now. It’s such a beautiful time, especially in the big old standard trees. These are Manchurian Crab Apples in blossom – we currently have a few trees as pollinators but last weekend grafted a half-row. It will be...
A quick peek at our honeybees…

A quick peek at our honeybees…

Yesterday I took a quick peek in at our honeybees. To be honest I don’t really know what I’m looking for, but they seem to be doing quite well on all accounts. The first frame I pulled (picture below) was nearly full of honey, with much of it capped....