Our Bee Blog
What Makes our Honey Taste So Special?
Besides being so careful in how we handle our honey, one reason our honey tastes so good may be beyond our control. Terroir or "the taste of the place" is one reason Waupaca is the only place this special honey is available. Terroir (ter-wahr; French): the conditions in which a food is grown or produced and that give the food its unique characteristics: Terroir is commonly used to describe the environmental conditions, especially soil and climate, in which grapes are grown and that give a wine its unique flavor and aroma. The same can be applied to honey yet honey... Read more
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!
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
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?
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