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Hive to Bottle - How we harvest honey.

Hive to Bottle - How we harvest honey.

1. Honey starts out as nectar in the flowers.  2. The bees collect the nectar and bring it back to the hive where they fan air over the nectar with their wings to bring it from about 90% water content down to about 18% water content.    When the nectar is first stored in the combs by the bees, it is high in moisture content and the honeycomb cells are open and uncapped.  3. After the bees have evaporated the water from the nectar down to about 18% moisture content, they cap the cells over with a thin layer of beeswax. 4....  Read more

Delicious Comb Honey!

Delicious Comb Honey!

Learn how comb honey is produced at Dancing Bear Honey.  To get honey any fresher, you would have to be a honeybee!  Read more

Second Life for a Beehive Making Table Saw

Second Life for a Beehive Making Table Saw

For about 40 years, I used my trusty second hand table saw to build all sorts of beekeeping equipment.  In 2018, decided to upgrade my saw and to sell my old saw.  I put a "For sale" sign on it at a very reasonable (almost free) price and placed it outside out store.  After little interest was shown, Nicaragua came to mind! For years I have been involved with The Nicaragua Bee Project (Click here for their Facebook page) and I knew the perfect person who could use this saw.  A beekeeper named Francisco who we have known from the...  Read more

What do beekeepers do during winter?

What do beekeepers do during winter?

Comb honey is the best way to enjoy Dancing Bear honey.  It is the natural honeycomb just as the bees produce it.  Comb honey is a very difficult product to find but we make sure that we have it available to our customers all year long at a very reasonable price.  This is an explanation of some of the work that goes into producing this beautiful and tasty product.  Read more

Frostbitten cat

Frostbitten cat

Last winter someone found a cat that had been left in the cold and brought it to a local Waupaca Veterinarian.  The cat’s front paws were severely frostbitten and they thought they were going to have to amputate them.   Before amputating, the vet's office had a jar of Dancing Bear honey in their kitchen.  They used the honey as a wound dressing, applying it and wrapping the cats paws.  The cat made a complete recovery. Thanks to our local vet for thinking of the healing power of honey! Due to privacy concerns, we hired an actor cat to stand in...  Read more