Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's been a lovely fall and harvest season here!  Still honey on the field (lots of busy bees today)...just thought I would drop in to give you a glimpse of what we have been up to here....lots of veggies, and strawberry mead in the stores next!  Hope you can make it to our October Honey House events!  All the best, Melissa and John 

largest pumpkin in the field!

great Autumn skies! 

traditional, strawberry, and raspberry


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Okay....drum roll please........thanks to the TTB, Rachel Martinez, Designotype Printers......and patience......our "mead wine and raspberry wine mixture" will be available for purchase (and tasting) at Roe Family Singers at the Honey House Thursday, June 28, and Mid-Summer Artist Market!!! (Saturday June 30th) Very limited edition...just over 100 bottles available....waiting on formula approval for traditional mead...that will be on the market soon!! Huzzah! Dream becomes reality!
Come see us at the Honey House! With gratitude, Melissa, John, and the bees~

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Full Summer Show Schedule

This is our summer schedule of events!  Of course, it is subject to change...we hope the honey holds out before our next harvest!  Hope to see you out and about or at the Honey House! 

June 9th:  Houghton Arts and Music Festival, Houghton, MI  12-7 PM

June 23rd:  Scandanavian Mid-Summer Festival, Marquette, MI  11-6PM

June 30th:  Algomah Acres Honey House Mid-Summer Festival, Greenland, MI  10-3 PM

July  7th:  Lake Linden Farmer’s Market:  10-2 PM

July 14th:  Lake Linden Farmer’s Market :  10-2 PM

July 21st:  Porter School Farmer’s Market, Alpha, MI 

July 28-29th:  Ontonagon County Fair, Greenland, MI 

August 4th:  either Farm Block Fest or Re-Treat flea market

August 14th:  Lake Linden Farmer’s Market, 10-2 PM

August 18-19:  Copper Harbor Art Festival, Copper Harbor, MI 

August 25th:  Lake Linden Farmer’s Market, 10-2 PM

Sept. 1st:  Ontonagon Labor Day Festival

Sept. 8th:  Iron Mountain TV 6 show

Sept. 15th  Lake Linden Farmer’s Market, 10-2 PM

Sept. 22nd:  Hayward Harvest Festival, Hayward, WI

Sept. 29th:  Lake Linden Farmer’s Market, 10-2 PM

Oct. 6th:  Lake Linden Farmer’s Market, 10-2 PM

Oct. 13th:  Harvest Festival, Algomah Acres Honey House!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

May's moon is the Full Flower Moon, named for flowers blooming everywhere this month! It is also a "super moon": this full moon coincides with perigee, the point when the moon is closest to Earth. Dandelions are finally out here and chokecherry blossoms. Trilliums, arbutus, daffodils, and many more close behind!

We are about to submit our first labels for approval from the TTB! If they approve, we will have Raspberry Mead available first, then Traditional Mead in June or July....Cyser this Fall! Take a look and wish us luck~

Things are starting to get busy around here! Our Kickstarter project caught the attention of a blogger for! She did a great Q and A piece on our honey and mead.
We did a beekeeping talk in Calumet this week and local paper did a nice article on the event. John's picture made the front page!
john beetalk
Our next show is in Marquette at the TV6 Mother's Day Craft Show, where we will have our full line of honey and hive products, including hand-dipped beeswax taper candles and the new "bee line" of upcycled tee shirts!
We will have our Season Opener at the Honey House on May 19th for our "Arts and Starts" market, music, and luncheon! Hope to see you there! Maybe we will have mead for sale!!
Many, many thanks as we begin on 2012 Season. We are so very grateful that you helped to make our dreams a reality through Sweetness and Light!
Hope to see you out and about or at the Honey House! All the Best, Melissa, John and the Honeybees~ (photo taken April 7th)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

March Update

Passed our final inspection today from the state investigator~let the fermentation bee-gin! Celebrated with a little blueberry melomel and watched the honeybees visiting the first crocus of Spring!!
crocus honeybee 4
Bees are buzzing in our overwintered hive near our house~
Don't forget to visit our website and get your e-mail added to our mailing list: free honey for the 50th name entered! (at the honey house page)
website screenshot
Lastly, here is a Mead toast for St. Patrick's Day:
"Friends and relatives, so fond and dear, 'tis our greatest pleasure to have you here. When many years this day has passed, fondest memories will always last. So we drink a cup of Irish mead and ask God's blessing in your hour of need." The guests respond: "On this special day, our wish to you, the goodness of the old, the best of the new. God bless you both who drink this mead, may it always fill your every need."
be not afraid 2 words
We will be in touch to let you know about our summer events!
All the best, Melissa, John and the honeybees too~

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Meadery Update!

Well the February Full Moon (Wolf Moon) came and went this week, and we are waiting on a lot of things! We now have phone contact with Julia at the Federal TTB (had to send some photos of our building, etc), and looks like the State LCC has updated our status to“SCHEDULED FOR COMMISSION MEETING” this week.…any day now! We had to amend our application to include “entertainment” to the permit so we can keep hosting the diverse events that we host. What events would you like to see at the Honey House this summer?
While we wait, we are keeping plenty busy. We have the occasional honey and hive product sale(at the Copper Country Mall in Houghton this Saturday from 10-6), and we are having a mead tasting on February 16th at the Ontonagon Theater for the Performing Arts along with a Kitty Donohoe Concert! If you missed our summer tasting, this would be an opportunity to try some of John’s elixirs!
While we wait….we have some homebrews going…the latest is made with Alaskan Raspberries (20 pounds hand delivered by George!) and one Cyser (on the far right)
Melissa has been diligent in the studio, and will have several art pieces in the Great Lakes Showcase art show at Michigan Tech in March, and another art show at Finlandia’s Reflection Gallery in April. (Houghton and Hancock, MI) Melissa paints with pigmented beeswax.
We will keep you posted as things progress with our winery application! Hopefully you will hear from us again soon. We will check back in on March 4th, as we “march forth” with our plans and dreams!
As always, wishing you sweetness and light as the daylight increases and the bees endure the last quarter of wintering…

Love, Melissa, John and the bees