We just completed our spring honey harvest. The bees have been visiting our vegetable garden, flowers, tulip poplar trees, wild blackberries, orchard and clover.
We extract honey from the hive frames in our kitchen. Here's a frame with the beeswax capping sliced off to prepare it for going into the extractor.
The extractor is the large white container, it holds two frames at a time. The crank causes the frames to spin inside the container and the honey flings out by centrifugal force and drips down to the bottom.
We strain the honey into a 3 gallon bucket. From there it gets ladled into jars.
A few of our frames had brood in it, here's a baby bee emerging.
The entire process took us about 8 hours, from removing frames from our two hives through cleanup. Not a bad day's work! I took 12 quarts to our small farmer's market yesterday, they sold out pretty fast.