Looking to find where you can buy honey produced locally within the South East Surrey area and its borders?
In addition to honey produced by bees from the Reigate Beekeepers Divisions apiaries being available to buy, some of our members also have honey produced by their own bees available for sale from village stores, market stalls, Summer fetes and shows.
Although availability from a particular apiary or individual beekeeper at any given time can be difficult to predict or ensure, we can usually offer a selection to choose from the region.
For up-to-date listings read Members Honey For Sale
2014 was a very good year for our bees, enabling us to re-establishing colonies and rebuild honey stocks. Another mild Winter ensured that winter survival rates were good and an early warm 2015 Spring provided a modest early harvest for some of our members.
The long and predominantly dry 2015 Summer in the South East limited the late nectar flow, resulting in disappointing overall final harvest yields. Another interesting possible consequence of the dry Summer is that we are seeing darker looking honey.
The protracted Autumn of 2015, that morphed into the early Spring weather experienced during January 2016, with barely a hint of Winter weather in between, will present further challenges for our bees. They were flying far more often than is good for their required winter longevity. The numbers in the colonies may therefore be dwindling at a higher rate than usual … unless the Queens have also continued to lay due to the milder conditions and new brood is already able to replace the winter foragers. It is now too cold (at last!) for beekeepers to inspect the colonies, so we will rely on checking the weight of the hives (for the amount of the colony’s own stores remaining) and for the usage of additional fondant we provide.