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    Re: Hives and pets. Can we all get along?

    I often find my dogs sleeping in front of the hives right under the entrances. They do occasionally get a sting, but seem to shake it off. They seem to like the warm paver stones I have in front of...
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    Re: price for bee's wax?

    I get $12/Lb here in WA.
  3. Re: I need tips for selling honey at farmers market

    I had similar problems to hileal at first. I then switched to small glass pump bottles like you use for lotions or soaps. a single pump give about the perfect amount for samples and the honey gets...
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    Re: Hopguard changes in WA state

    My understanding is that the change was done to allow for mid winter treatments also.
  5. Re: Reptile Heater for Honey Warmer Freezer

    I have used several thermostats with reptile heat tape with great success, you can do a search for it on Ebay. You can order in any length you need and cut it to fit.
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    Re: Selling Honey at Roadside Stand

    I have to agree with James. They are getting 25% of the harvest with no effort than providing a place for hives. Are you bottling it for them? If you are, then I think that should be payment enough....
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    Re: Frustrated Beekeeping Mentor

    A mentors job is to be a resource of information that can be tapped. The age of the mentee or the business of the family is irrelevant. IF they truly wanted to have a hive, they would have availed...
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    Re: Can raw honey be clear?.....

    Our fireweed can be almost water clear.
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    Re: Costco Honey

    I have to agree with deknow. This seems more like a public relations feel good piece to me. Costco was directly mentioned in the ultra filtration report and I think this ad was damage control. The...
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    Re: Are we getting in our own way?

    You've got the "some people like to argue" right. I also go to great lengths to not argue back to customers. I feel I need to put forth a professional appearance. The ones who have the worst issues...
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    Re: Are we getting in our own way?

    I have seen that zip code thing too. One beekeeper even goes so far as to put the zip code on the jar. I feel this is great for smaller beekeepers, but my range is covers 3 states once you count...
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    Are we getting in our own way?

    I have recently been considering removing the word "local" from my market banners and business cards. I know many of us have been pushing local honey for several years now and it seems to have great...
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    Re: Honey and type 2 diabetes

    I have been a type1 diabetic for 41 years. Prior to switching to honey as my main sweetener, I had much more difficulty controlling my blood sugars and keeping my A1C down. Honey seems to allow me to...
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    Re: Washington State Pricing

    My prices are in line with Johns. Keep in mind that the prices listed in magazines are usually for bulk honey wholesale. The price is variable by area, but you should be able to get at least...
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    Re: Creamed Honey advice

    I got a small fridge type wine cooler to make creamed honey. It easily maintains 55 degrees year round and I often have honey set in 2 days.
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    Re: Creamed honey in a wine cooler?

    I picked up a cheap wine cooler and it works great! What usually took between 1-2 weeks took 2 DAYS! It will be really nice to be able to make creamed honey year round.
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    Re: New person from Washington

    We have some great carniolian stock here on Whidbey Island.
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    Re: Value of FACEBOOK ?

    I have a business specific page that I use to let my customers know what I am bringing to my various markets and where the retail stores are that they can get my products. I do not list my home...
  19. Re: I need tips for selling honey at farmers market

    Ohiobeek makes a REALLY good point. Having a variety of products really helps. I try to have 3 varieties of honey, a couple of infused honeys, candles ,wax and hand balms. I have had other beekeepers...
  20. Re: I need tips for selling honey at farmers market

    My opinion is that it is all in the impression you make on the customers when they first see you. While being able to set up and tear down really quickly is nice, are you giving a really good image...
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    Creamed honey in a wine cooler?

    I am starting to make creamed honey in larger quantities to keep up with demand. It goes a lot quicker if we are lucky enough to have the temps in the mid 50's. Has anyone tried using a fridge style...
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    Re: Hi from the Pacific Northwest

    Glad to have another PNW Beek join us!
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    Re: Method to find a queen

    Marking a queen yourself is easy and relatively cheap. Most of the major suppliers have the items you need to do it.
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    Re: Am I Charging Enough?

    I have to respectfully disagree with Jaele. Most of us want to provide a great quality product that the customer can pretty much track from origin to table. Most of us are also usually single person...
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    Re: New ten wheeler project.

    Me too!
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