All our hives (at the moment around 20) are located within the North East Fife area, with currently 3 apiaries within the East Neuk of Fife. Having different apiaries allows the bees to forage on different flowers and makes for a more complex honey. It also helps to reduce the risks of having no honey at all: there is always at least one apiary performing quite well.
Honey is harvested twice a year: spring honey around June and summer honey in August. These are blossom honeys, meaning the nectar came from a wide variety of flowers rather than one type. It is however sometimes possible to identify one main source of nectar, when hives have been close to an agricultural crop for example.
All our honey is extracted by cold spinning and gravity filtration, then jarred (and labelled) by hand. We sell online but mostly through local retailers in Fife (keep an eye on our social media to learn about them).
As we take all the honey from our hives to sell it, we have to feed our bees during autumn and winter, which we do using sugar syrup and fondant. We use a chemical treatment once a year (after the last honey harvest) to help the bees fight Varroa. That is why we cannot say our honey is organic, even though some of our apiaries are set in the middle of organically grown crops and pastures.