The Bramblestone Farm honey bees did it again this year – they produced blue ribbon honey! Our bees really have the producing award winning honey thing down.
We’ve entered honey at the fair for the past six years, and they’ve gotten the first place blue ribbon three times, the red second ribbon twice, and were disqualified once because we entered the honey into the wrong category.
We started keeping honey bees in 2011, and first entered their honey in the Medina County Fair in 2012. That year, we were shocked when we learned that our honey had won the blue ribbon! Since then, we’ve entered the honey into the fair competition every year, and have won 1st or 2nd every time.
We’re members of the Medina County Beekeepers Association, and in order to sell honey in the honey bee booth at the fair, members must enter their honey into the competition. Since there are over 250 members in the Medina County Beekeepers Association, that ensures that the honey competition always has lots of participation.
This year, the Bramblestone Farm honey bees brought home the 1st place, and we’re thrilled again. With so much competition and so many highly skilled beekeepers in the group, we’re always surprised to see a ribbon on our honey!
The honey is judged on appearance, uniformity, color and clarity, freedom from impurities, accurate volume, flavor, aroma, and moisture content.
Only local honey that has been produced by a member of the Medina County Beekeepers Association is allowed to be sold from the beekeeper’s booth at the fair, and the booth usually sells out each year. Folks from around the area know that honey from the booth is the real deal, and sales are always brisk!
Here’s how we’ve done each year:
2017 – Blue Ribbon (light amber)
2016 – Red Ribbon (light amber)
2015 – Blue Ribbon (dark amber), Red Ribbon (light amber)
2014 – Disqualified, entered into the wrong color category
2013 – Red Ribbon (dark amber)
2012 – Blue Ribbon (dark amber)Selling honey at the fair is really a win-win situation, so I recommend it to other beekeepers:
- It’s an easy way to reach lots of potential customers and sell your honey
- Each 1 lb. jar sells for $12.00 with %80 ($9.60) going to the beekeeper and %20 ($2.40) going to the club
- If you’re selling honey through the booth, you’re required to enter your honey in the fair competition – it’s fun and helps you learn how to work with your bees to produce great honey
- You must work two 4-hour shifts in the honey booth at the fair – giving you the chance to tell everyone all about honey and honey bees
- The money that the club gets goes to fund excellent speakers and education for the members of the association!
If you’re local the area, be sure to check out the Medina Beekeepers booth at the Medina County Fair!