Left Coast is home to 8 different hives of honey bees. Each hive is contained in several supers.
A honey super consists of a box in which 8-10 frames are hung. Honey bees collect nectar and store the processed nectar in honeycomb, which they build on the frames. When the honeycomb is full, the bees will cap the comb with beeswax.
Every fall we will take the full honey supers and extract the honey. In 2012 we yielded nearly 100 pounds of honey. The honey is then bottled in mason jars, sometimes with honeycomb.
From there it is sent to the winery to be used in our Queen Bee Bubbly. The honey processing gear is left outside as the bees will salvage all unused honey and wax. Taking it back to the hive one mouthful at at a time.