I finally took the plunge and placed 14 beehives on my pesticide free property. I have dreamed about if for years and this year I decided to go for it. I took a bee keeping class in the spring and was thrilled with the idea of hives.
My farm has always been pesticide free and of course that comes with a lack of control over pests. But I feel happy about that decision when I see and hear the thousands of bees that keep themselves very busy collecting and pollinating. My garden has certainly blossomed this summer. Here in Ontario we have had far too much rain and of course the bees are not too crazy about excessive rainfall. TO be honest, neither am I.
I have honey and honey products for sale and I am really pleased to see that people will stop at a farm stand to purchase honey. It is wonderful to meet people and share stories. What a great way to meet new people. I have discovered there are very definitely honey aficionados. People come in search of pollen, buckwheat or comb honey. It is too early in the season for my hives to have pollen or comb honey.
General Rules For Baking with Honey.
- The Rule: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.
- The Rule: For every 1 cup of honey you’re using, subtract 1/4 cup of other liquids from the recipe.
- The Rule: Add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for every 1 cup honey used.
- The Rule: Reduce the temperature of the oven by 25°F.
Here is a recipe that I have used for years but this time I developed a recipe that uses some honey in it. This makes a very dense and aromatic cake that I am sure you will love. Zucchini season is here and feel free to substitute grated, well drained zucchini for the carrots. The icing is optional – but it really adds a delicious dimension to the cake.