Re: leaving honey on over winter, harvesting in spring?
I know a Commercial Beekeeper down South of Syracuse, w/ bees in other parts of NY, who does just that. Quite often honey prone to crystalize earlier than other honey won't be crystalized 6 or 7 months later.
I would tend to think tyhat that honey is closest to the brood nest anyway and gets eaten up first. The earlier honey being stored higher in the hive.
Not a bad idea for a stationary beekeeper.
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