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Bee Local is urban micro-batch honey in neighborhood varieties from hives located in different neighborhoods of Portland, OR.
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Damian Magista

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Long Awaited Update

Hello Everyone, 

It's been a while since my last update. It's been crazy here in Bee Local land. 

First of all, your long awaited rewards will be coming. Harvest is coming up in August so items will begin arriving. I appreciate your patience. 

Managing the hives has taken up much of my time. Most are doing very well. There were a few that lost queens, had to be combined with stronger hives or absconded. I had several swarms to deal with this season. All were caught and put into new hives. 

The Beaumont Apiary is producing honey along with Westmoreland, Laurelhurst, Powellhurst, Mock-Crest, Oak Grove, Eugene, Corvallis, Dundee and many others. Some will be productive this year, others will not depending on colony strength. 

I've placed a hive in the Amazon-Crocker neighborhood of San Francisco. The hive should be productive next season. While down there began discussions with a fine dining restaurant in Sacramento about possibly putting some hives on their roof. 

Chef Mike Theimann has been using Bee Local honey in some of Ella's (Sacramento) dishes with outstanding results. This is pre-ban pan Seared Foie Gras, Grilled Onion and Apricot, Bronze Fennel, Bee Local Honey & Lavender.

I was contacted by Chef Vitaly Paley here in Portland. He is opening two new restaurants and is interested in putting hives on the roof. A proposal has been submitted. Hopefully next season Bee Local will be supplying his restaurant. 

There has been a rooftop hive placed on top of the Matchbox Lounge. Matchbox is one of our favorite places in Portland. Amazing menu and cocktails. 

Bee Local was on the KOIN 6 news: 

http://youtu.be/avE0QW9KxHo

Bee Local was also featured in a Lewis & Clark Small Business Clinic spotlight: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad1u5zkw0J4&feature=plcp

Last week Bee Local took part in the AgriCurean Escapes Launch Party at Red Ridge Farm in the heart of Oregon wine country, Dundee. A great time was had by all:

I'm taking part in the Oregon Master Beekeeper program as a mentor. I have 2 students that I meet with to go over basic beekeeping practices. It's a three year program put on by the Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab.  

I've also been proto-typing a observation inner-cover. This allows the beekeeper to do quick checks without opening the hive. These will be very useful in the winter. The OSU Honey Bee Lab has expressed interest in using them. 

There are some very exciting varieties coming up. I'm constantly amazed at the flavors coming out of the neighborhoods. 

More updates soon!

~Damian

Comments

    1. Creator Meg on September 19, 2012

      How was your harvest this season? It sounds like you had a lot of forward momentum going earlier. I hope you have had much success!

    2. Creator Jody Katopothis on July 29, 2012

      Sounds like you've been very beesy!
      Thanks for the update and wishing you all the best with everything.

    3. Creator Jana Kinsman on July 28, 2012

      Exciting! Hooray!

    4. Creator Jocelyn McAuley on July 28, 2012

      this is all excellent to hear!