DENVER URBAN HOMESTEADING

Our market assistant Elizabeth only

buys used clothing, raises chickens,

grows fruits and vegetables, and

repurposes all her waste. Her motto 

of life is "Do what you can with what

you have where you're at."

A true urban homesteader.

Bees & Honey  

2015 SPRING CLASSES NOW SCHEDULED.  SEE CLASSES PAGE.  Learn chickenkeeping, beekeeping, worms/vermiculture, permaculture,

restoring wood, goatkeeping, urban homesteading, Angora rabbits

 

Home
Classes
Teachers
Organic Feed
About
Registration
Wine Project
Market
Bees & Honey
Chickens

 

 

We process honey here.  See the bottom of this page.

WE TEACH BEEKEEPING.  BECOME A BEEKEEPER AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE. 

Beekeeping Mentor and teacher Don Studinski giving a demonstration of our honey extractor at our fall Denver Honey Festival.  He teaches classes here.

About Beekeeping...

Denver Urban Homesteading offers a comprehensive variety of services for the beekeeping field.  We offer beginner beekeeping classes, we sell beekeeping equipment, we offer swarm removal services, we offer a backyard pollination service and we sell honey.

Bee part of the solution and help foster honeybees.  These fine animals are critical pollinators, and without pollinators many of our crops would be lost and we could not feed the planet.  Colony Collapse Disorder, regardless of the cause, is real.  You can help honey bees by eating honey (spurring demand), ordering our pollination service or becoming a beekeeper. 

Bees range in a radius of about 3 miles from their hive.  They fly at 15mph and beat their wings 230 times a second.  One teaspoon of honey is the lifetime work of about a dozen bees, each of whom lives about six weeks (longer in winter when they are not working).  One pound of honey takes some 55,000 bee miles of travel; one gallon may take a million miles and visits to 2M flowers.

And what is honey?  It is regurgitated nectar collected from flowers that bees visit.  The bees store it in the hive and transform it to more than 80% sugar by fanning their wings to evaporate the moisture in it.  Honey is a supersaturated liquid, containing more sugar than water can normally dissolve.  Honey is comprised of 17% water, and about 40% fructose and 30% glucose. 

In Colorado, 90% of flying insect stings are from wasps (and yellow jackets are a wasp).  Wasps do very little pollination and mostly eat other insects, fallen fruit, rotten meat.  (Colorado State University Extension http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05525.html)

Photo taken March 2012 of a backyard beehive in the Platt Park neighborhood of Denver.

Наш фермерский рынок предлагает широкий ассортимент оборудования для пчеловодства. Мы также покупаем местный мед (непереработанный) для продажи его на нашем рынке. Если у вас есть вопросы напишите сообщение или позвоните Ирине. Она ответит Вам по-русски.  james@denverurbanhomesteading.com

Телефон: 303-572-31222

[A message from owner James Bertini's Russian wife Irina to the Russian beekeeping community.]

 

 

 

 

BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT SOLD HERE

We stock a comprehensive selection of beekeeping equipment.  Beginners can buy their hive and suit from us, and experienced beekeepers can get any number of hives they need and any equipment they need.

 

LANGSTROTH HIVES                                      TOP BAR HIVES

 

 

SWARM REMOVAL

Just call us if you have a swarm of bees and don't want them.  Beekeepers are standing by.

 

HONEY PROCESSING

We plan to have a honey extractor available this year at the market for our use and for use by the public.  We plan to sell a wide variety of local and other rare honey products.

 

CLASSES

We offer beginner beekeeping classes in the spring for aspiring beekeepers.

HONEY AVAILABLE AT OUR MARKET

Updated for 2014

SOME OF OUR LOCAL HONEY IS NOW SOLD BY ZIP CODE.  We sell only raw, unfiltered honey.  Raw means unpasteurized.  Pasteurization of honey involves heating it, and this is done so that it will not crystallize, or granulate.  Honey will crystallize if exposed to cold weather or just after a period of time has elapsed, as little as one month.  While most of the world eats crystallized honey, Americans are used to liquid honey, and so big honey producers oblige by pasteurizing their honey so it stays liquid on the shelf and in your cupboard.  The only problem with this is that the pasteurization process is believed by many to remove natural antioxidants present in the honey.

Also, most of our honey is local, and it is believed that consumption of local honey, since it included pollen from area trees and plants, will help build up a resistance to allergies.

Know that some recent studies show that up to 85% of honey purchased in supermarkets is contaminated with chloramphenicol, an antibiotic that is harmful to human health, or otherwise adulterated with commercial sugar.  This is because the demand for honey in the US is bigger than the supply, and some large honey sellers import this honey from China and other countries, in violation of the food and drug laws and import regulations. Some such honey even contains lead.  Even buying at farmers' markets could be problematic, as I am aware of vendors who sell honey under their own labels that is not their own.   What's the solution?  Produce your own honey, or buy from someone you know and trust.  Hopefully that includes us.

 Notes: 1. In some cases raw honey can make allergy problems worse.   2. Raw honey may contain botulism spores which do not harm adults but may harm infants.  

NAME

FARM/FARMER DETAILS

LOCATION OF BEEHIVES

DISTINCTIVE QUALITIES

Adirondack Wildflower

New York State farm

Adirondack mountains in Upstate NY (these mtns are older than the Rockies)

Not so sweet

 

 

 

 

Apple Blossom

New York State farm

Mohawk Valley in NYS

From apples!  Probably my favorite.

 

 

 

 

BRAZILIAN ORGANIC

Working on getting this.

Brazil

Smooth texture and taste, a wonderful single note honey.  The Brazilian honey bees (BZB) have a higher resistance to common European/US bee diseases, therefore Brazilian beekeepers do not need to use any antibiotics to treat the hives. BZB are known to work 1-2 hours longer than US honey bees and will often fly until almost full darkness. They will even forage at lower temperatures and even in light rain. The majority of bee keepers in southern Brazil prefer BZB because of their diligence and vitality of the hives despite their aggressive behavior.

 

 

 

 

BROWN, ALLAN & DEBBIE

Allan and Debbie Brown are the official beekeepers for the DeLany Homestead Farm in Aurora.

Hudson and Aurora

Alfalfa and sunflower.  Labeled by zip code 80011 (Aurora) and 80642 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

DETROIT HONEY and 8 MILE ROAD HONEY

Small beekeepers in Detroit which is going back to farms.

8 Mile was a song by Eminem, and it refers to the road that separates the poor, black areas from the richer, white suburbs.

Tastes like many of our own local honeys.

 

 

 

 

DEBEEZE

Debbie has a few of own hives and sources from others.

Debbie’s hives are in Evergreen, although she does buy from other local beekeepers.

Infused with cranberry, jalapeno or cinnamon. 

 

 

 

 

BEEYOND THE HIVE

One family farming bees since 1908.  Has 2000 hives.

Front Range.

Has peanut butter infused honey, orange blossom honey (when they take their hives to CA to pollinate the almond crop, they leave a few hives behind with citrus), candles and lotions.  We sell their bee pollen and honey in 6lb glass jars that you can return for a $2 deposit. 

 

 

 

 

BLUEBERRY HONEY

Sold by bee farm in New York State

Maine

Blueberries are not self-pollinating and they need bees.  Large beekeepers bring their beehives by the thousands and set them amidst almond groves and blueberry farms for pollination. This is the honey produced from blueberries.  Current state producers of blue- berries from the largest are: MI, GA, OR, NJ, WA, NC, CA.    

 

 

 

 

BUCKWHEAT HONEY

From New York State

NYS

Buckwheat is not a wheat.  It has no gluten and is an/the ingredient in kasha, blini (pancakes) and beer.  It can be eaten as a snack.  Global production is decreasing annually.  Buckwheat honey is dark purple and appears black.  It is full-bodied, has a strong flavor and a bitter aftertaste.  Some believe it is high in antioxidants.

 

 

 

 

ERIC & STEPHANIE

Eric is a concrete floor sawing contractor.  He keeps bees for a hobby.

Westminster.

How much more local can you get?  Labeled by zip code 80031

 

 

 

 

FIREWEED

Small beekeepers

Near the top of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon and Washington.  Also produced in Alaska.

Just got it in and am tasting it now.

 

 

 

 

GRANDPA’S HONEY

6th generation honey farmer (4th in US)

Southern CO, Taos, NM

Huajillo, Tamarisk, Clover, Wildflower and honeycomb

 

 

 

 

HIGHLAND

This honey farmer raises queens and is famous for that.

Boulder

Creamed honey

 

 

 

 

KUDZU HONEY

Small Georgia farm.

Georgia

Kudzu is used for erosion control; it is also an invasive weed.  Asians believe the plant has medicinal qualities.

 

 

 

 

O.L. NEAL

Old-timer in Pueblo

Pueblo

From Alfalfa, pumpkin and watermelon

 

 

 

 

MEADOWFOAM

Only small beekeepers make this honey.  Had a hard time finding it.

Willamette Valley, Oregon.  The only place in the world for this honey.

The herb meadowfoam.  Taste is vanilla, nutty and I love it.

 

 

 

 

MEDIHONEY

Canadian company

New Zealand

In gel form and bandages.  Uses include: diabetic foot ulcers, leg ulcers, 1st and 2nd degree burns, traumatic wounds, surgical wounds

 

 

 

 

REALLY RAW

Maryland

Maryland

This honey has bits of comb, pollen, propolis and more sprinked on top.  Crunchy and healthy to eat.

 

 

 

 

SERGEI

Sergei is from Siberia.  He lives in Denver with his family of 9.   In Siberia, due to the short summer season, hives are relocated to follow the bloom patterns, which Sergei does with his hives here in Colorado.

Denver region; hives are relocated to follow the bloom patterns.

An amalgam of honey flavors.

 

 

 

 

TUPELO HONEY

Small Georgia farm.

Georgia

Distinct honey and taste. Only in GA and northern FL.  From the tupelo tree.

 

 

 

 

WESTERN COLORADO HONEY

Paul has 2500 hives and has been operating for 30 years.  His wife operates a wildlife sanctuary next to the farm.

Silt Honey

Meeker/Craig/ Hayden Honey

Hives located above 9000’ in the Flat Top Wilderness Area of the White River National Forest

Rabbit Brush Honey

Honeydew Honey – not from the melons, but from aphids!!!

Alfalfa mix

Alfalfa/Clover

Alpine wildflowers.  Not so sweet

 

 

 

 

 

WHITE GOLD

This honey is from Prince Edward Island in Canada’s maritime provinces

Prince Edward Island, where there is no industrial pollution.

White, creamy and oh, so delicious.  Not so sweet.

 

Western Colorado Honey farmer Paul Limbach.                            Some of the supers in storage at his farm.

PROCESSING IS OVER FOR 2014.  WE PROCESS HONEY HERE!  You can let us process your honey or sell us your honey frames which we will process and resell at our market.  It is done in our commercial kitchen, which is required for selling honey in the State of Colorado.

$.75/lb with $25 minimum and we keep the cappings.

DROPOFF

Anytime we are open during August and September.   See homepage for current hours.  We will call or email you when ready for pickup.    PROCESSING IS OVER FOR 2014.

 

PICKUP
Pickup when the Market is open for business.

RULES
1.      Frames must be dropped off in sealed containers clearly labeled with customer name and phone number (and name of neighborhood/city and zip with major cross streets if you are selling honey to us so we can resell it by neighborhood: the ultimate in local honey).  Container may be a plastic tub or equivalent.  No living bees.
2.      Frames will be returned in the same container.
3.      There is no guarantee that comb, frames or supers will be undamaged during capping removal.
4.      Small amounts of honey will overlap from batch to batch because we cannot completely clean the extractor between batches.

5.      Processed honey not picked up more then one week after we contact you to pickup may be sold and the money held for you (i.e. $2.50/lb); equipment may be disposed of (or reused by some needy beekeeper). 

The first step is "uncapping" to remove the wax caps.             The next step is spinning in the centrifuge.

And out comes the liquid gold, that flows through a strainer to separate the wax.

 

Denver Urban Homesteading

200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80223

Quick list of plants that Honey Bees love

          

FOOD

HERB

TREES AND BUSHES

 

Edibles

Common name

Common name

Bloom time

Color of bloom

Common name

Bloom time

Color of bloom

Cucumber

Basil

Summer

Pink, Purple, White

Apple

Spring

White, Pink

Gourd

Catnip

Summer - Fall

White, Pink, Purple, Blue

Cherry – Soar / Wild

April - May

White

Onion

Chives

Early - Late Summer

Purple, White

Crabapples

April - May

White, Pink, Red

Pumpkin

Common Sage

Early- mid summer

Purple

Peach

 

 

Squash 

Lavender

Summer

Purple

Pear

 

 

Sunflower

Parsley

Flowers 2nd year

White

Plum

Late win - early spr

White, pink

Tomato

Rosemary

Spring

Blue

 

 

 

Watermelon

Tarragon

 

Yellow

Blackberry bush

 

 

Zuchini

Thyme

Early summer

Pink, Purple, White

Raspberry bush

 

 

 

Common name

Scientific name

Type

Bloom time

Color of bloom

 

Flowers

 Chinese Forget-Me-Not

Callistephus chinensis

P

Late Summer

Red, Pink, White, Purple, Blue

Aster - New England

Aster novae-angliae

P

Late Summer, Fall

White, Purple, Pink, Blue

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia

A / P

Summer - Fall

Yellow

Chinese Forget-Me-Not

Cynoglossum amabile

A

Mid Spring-Mid Summer

Blue

Lance-Leaved Coreopsis

Coreopsis lanceolata

P

April to June

Yellow

Lavender Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum

B

 

Purple

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

P

Mid-summer

Purple

Rock Cress

Arabis alpina

P

Spring

Pink White

Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum

P

 

White, Yellow-eyed

Siberian Wallflower

Cheiranthus allionii

P

Spring

Orange

A = Annual        P = Perennial        B = Biennial

 

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Bees pollinate 3-5 miles from their hive

A 4’x4’ area is a good size to help bees find the food you are growing for them

Common name

Scientific name

Type

Bloom time

Color of bloom

 

Trees and

 Bushes

American basswood

Tilia americana

Tree

Apr, May, June, Jul

Yellow

Bee Bee tree

 

Tree

Late summer

White

Chokecherry

Prunus virginiana

Tree

Spring

White

Honey Locust - Thornless

Gleditsia triancanthos

Tree

May-June

Yellow/Green

Honey Locust -Ruby Lace

Gleditsia Ruby Lace

Tree

May-June

Yellow/Green

Maple - box elder

Acer negundo

Tree

Feb - April

Yellow

Tulip-tree

Liriodendron tulipifera

Tree

May- June

Yellow and Orange

Burning bush

Euonymus alatas

Bush

Late spring

Yellow, Green

Butterfly bush

Buddleja

Bush

Midsummer - Sep

Purple, Pink, Yellow, White

Oceanspray

Holodiscus discolor

Bush

Summer

White

Oregon-grape Holly

Mahonia aquifolium

Bush

April-May

Yellow

Saskatoon serviceberry

Amelanchier ainifolia

Bush

Spring

White

Woods' rose

Rosa woodii

Bush

Early summer

Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are many plants available that are great choices for your garden and are easy ways to help honey bees regain their numbers

 

 

Home | Classes | Teachers | Organic Feed | About | Registration | Wine Project | Market | Bees & Honey | Chickens

Last updated: 12/18/14.