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Open Farm Days 2017

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Events | Comments Off on Open Farm Days 2017

Alberta Open Farm Days is a unique opportunity to learn where Alberta food products come from. The Chinook Honey Farms will be participating with some very exciting workshops. Visit the Chinook Honey Company pollinator walks and learn all about the plants bees are attracted to, or pay to drop-in on apiary or meadery workshops. In addition, at 1pm and 3pm, you can also book an apiary workshop for $10 adults, and  $7.50 children and seniors,which includes a discussion of bees and beekeeping, and open hive demonstrations weather permitting. For...

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Mead Matters – August 2017

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters – August 2017

Making mead requires a totally sterile environment. Art is giving the fermentation tanks a thorough sterilization as well as all other equipment in anticipation of a busy fall and winter mead production schedule. Have you been on one of our Meadery Tours? Join us and learn how we create our award winning meads! Meadarita Ingredients:  1 oz. gold tequila 1.5 oz Melissa’s Gold Mead 2 oz Limeade Concentrate (Not Diluted) Directions: Rim a cocktail glass with salt. Shake all the ingredients  with ice. Strain into cocktail glass....

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Hivelights – August 2017

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights – August 2017

What a difference a month makes! The western heat wave has dominated and any rain has been insignificant. The flourishing crops of June, if still standing, have withered in the heat and flower nectar has almost dried up.  Bees are foraging far and wide now, but at least pollen is still readily available for brood. Our honey harvesting starts next week – and then we are begging for that precious commodity – rain. Wonder of wonders, our store observation hive finally swarmed! The queen is now 3 years old and still very productive, so it was...

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Salmon with Honey Peach Salsa

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on Salmon with Honey Peach Salsa

Ingredients 2 fresh peaches peeled and chopped 1/4 cup (60ml) red bell pepper finely chopped 1/4 cup ( 60ml) red onion finely chopped 2 Tbsp ( 30ml)  fresh cilantro chopped 2 Tbsp (30ml)  fresh lime juice divided 2 Tbsp ( 30 ml) Chinook  Alberta Multi Floral Honey divided 1 Tbsp Ginger Bochet mead 1 small jalapeno pepper seeded and minced 4  6 oz ( 170g) fresh salmon fillets ( we prefer wild) Instructions To prepare the salsa, combine the peaches, red pepper, onion, cilantro, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice, honey, Ginger Bochet and jalapeno...

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What to do with a Local Bee Swarm

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on What to do with a Local Bee Swarm

Swarms  happen when bees are trying to find a new home. While on this search for the perfect place, the queen will get tired so she will settle somewhere with majority of the bees clustered around her. Sometimes the swarm lands on trees, the ground, or even on cars. These swarms can look scary, but are relatively harmless. The bees are not yet territorial since they are effectively homeless, so they are of little danger to people around them. That being said, please still keep your distance. Please note: Chinook Honey Company is NOT able to...

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Hivelights July 2017

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights July 2017

July 1st – a time to celebrate for many reasons! Canada’s 150th birthday is one- we are so lucky to live in this amazing country. There’s many special events to enjoy and if you want to relax and learn about bees or mead, take in one of our special free tours this Saturday (July 1st). The Alberta bee scene is another reason to celebrate. The great June weather has given crops a super boost and our bees are wallowing in nectar from alfalfa, clover, sainfoin and even an experimental patch of buckwheat. The honey flow is going...

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The Great Canadian Dinner Challenge

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Recipes from our Kitchen | Comments Off on The Great Canadian Dinner Challenge

This month we’re challenging all of you to create your own unique ‘Canadian Dinner’ using some of the great food products made, hunted or harvested in each one of the 10 provinces and 3 territories. Canada has some very unique foods that aren’t found in other countries, as well as special recipes developed by cultures who call Canada home. Our map just touches the surface of the many options available. Whale blubber from Nunavut may be hard to find in PEI, but bannock should be manageable! Send us a photo of your...

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Mead Matters July 2017 – Canada Day Mead Cocktail

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters July 2017 – Canada Day Mead Cocktail

  Canada Day Mead Cocktail  Ingredients:  1 oz. Grenadine 2 oz. Triple Sec 1 oz. Chinook Arch Meadery Black and Blue Melomel Directions: Use a sherry or shot glass. Tipping the glass, slowly pour each ingredient in the order listed above along the inside surface of the glass. Let it sit so the layers can separate....

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Hivelights June 2017

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Hivelights | Comments Off on Hivelights June 2017

May was a great month to be nurturing our New Zealand honey bee packages and young nucleus hives. The warm weather and plentiful dandelion crop has given them a big boost. The abundant food and heat encourages the newly installed queens to lay eggs prolifically. Many people don’t realize that bees also need a good source of water. Since their bodies are mostly water (like us) they need to drink routinely. Also the nurse bees which produce gelatinous ‘royal jelly’ use water to partially dilute it for easier consumption. In...

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Mead Matters – May 31, 2017

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Mead Matters | Comments Off on Mead Matters – May 31, 2017

  Ingredients: 1 Bottle Melissa’s Gold Lemonade Concentrate (Makes 1.42 L) 1 cup (240 mL)  Strawberry Infused Vodka Frozen Strawberries Directions: Make the lemonade according to label specifications in a large pitcher. Add in the Melissa’s Gold, the strawberry vodka and the frozen strawberries. Mix, serve and...

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