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National Honey Month brings harvest to Heritage Prairie Farm

A beekeeper harvests honey at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn.
A beekeeper harvests honey at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn.

ELBURN – September is National Honey Month, and Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn  recently harvested more than 1,000 pounds of honey, according to a news release.

Beekeeping has been a part of Heritage Prairie Farm’s legacy since its opening in 2006. At the end of each summer, the farm begins the process of harvesting the extra honey from the top of the hives from boxes called “supers.” Supers are added to the tops of hives so bees can continue storing honey in the hive.

Ensuring the hives’ livelihood, Heritage Prairie Farm only harvests the superfluous honey and not the entire hive, the release states.

To ensure that the hives stay healthy throughout the winter, about 100 pounds of honey will be left in the hive.

As each frame is pulled from the hive, it is carefully inspected for the hive’s better health. Each frame can hold – on average – seven pounds of honey, and each super can weigh between 60 and 80  pounds.

The honey will be available for purchase in the Heritage Prairie Farm Store. In addition to raw honey, Heritage Prairie Farm offers a variety of infused flavors, as well as bee pollen, honey comb and beeswax.

For more information, visit www.heritageprairiefarm.com.

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