This was the first stop on our tour. Alan Dixon, owner of Snow Valley Honey Farm, showed us where it all goes down!
If you don't trust the bees and their measurement of moisture content, you can check with a refractometer.
In order to get the honey, you have to remove the wax. This machine is a chain flail uncapper. The chains flick the wax cappings off. Alan melts the wax down and sells it to locals who make soap, candles, etc.
There are dividers which catch more of the stubborn wax that made it past the uncapper and the extractor.
Finally Alan took us out to watch the worker bees in action. All of his bees get the nectar from local wild flowers - specifically clover, alfalfa, locust trees, etc... The prime time for bees to get the nectar to make the honey is from mid-July to mid-august and then again from September to October.
As a treat for my coworkers I bought some bread to put the fresh honey on! It was fantastic!
Local Farmers' Markets:
Brewerton Farmers’ Market: Fort Brewerton, Thursdays, July 2 through September 3, 6 p.m.
Central Square Farmers’ Market: Goettel Community Park, Wednesdays, May through September, 3 p.m.
Fulton Farmers’ Market: Canal Landing parking lot on South Second Street, Saturdays, May 30 through October 24, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mexico Farmers’ Market: Main Street, Mondays, June through October, 4 to 7 p.m.
Oswego Farmers’ Market: West First Street, Thursdays, May 28 through October 8, 5 to 9 p.m.
Parish Farmers’ Market: Corner of Routes 69 and 69A, Saturdays, June 6 through August 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pulaski Farmers’ Market with Music in the Park: South Park, Fridays, June through September, 3 to 7 p.m. Music in the Park, 5 to 7 p.m.
Volney Farmers’ Market: Parking area of the Highway Department, Tuesdays, June through October, 5 to 8 p.m.