Nature Throws a Curve.

It appears that we are getting another reminder from mother nature that she ultimately holds all the cards. We, of course, often like to think otherwise. I often remind people that we are of this earth, not some aliens dropped down to observe it from a bubble. Like every other creature that resides here, we too are at the mercy of unseen complexity and not controlling the scene with a game-controller or a finger-slide across a phone screen. That’s not to say that there’s nothing we can do but to say that we are in control is delusional, in my view. That’s something you learn quickly in beekeeping; you are never really in control.

One of the bee books I have on my shelf is called “Better Queens” by Jay Smith. It was originally printed in 1949. In one section, barely a mention on the way to his larger point, he recalls giving a beekeeping course in California during WWI. This, of course, was during the 1918 influenza pandemic of the so called Spanish flu. Below is a photo from the book and the section describing the scene.

History is written from the perspective of a rear-view mirror so it’s hard to truly capture the mood of any particular time. On top of that is the filter of individual experience. Was this gallows humor, which is usually a real-time coping mechanism  and not something expressed some 31 years after an event, or simply having enough chronological distance to put a happier face on it? It’s hard to know, but it’s an interesting contrast to the standard view of the time given to us by the idiot box. The lesson might be that “life goes on.” What else was there to do after the horrors of WWI and a deadly pandemic?

Here in the Deep South, it’s swarm season. Most of us beekeepers have already made  hive splits and will continue to monitor our colonies and get them built up for the main honey flow. Beside the work of building and painting equipment which I always seem to never catch up on, I love this time of year. I enjoy managing young hives and seeing them grow while the world turns greener and full of life.

So, do your best to take things in stride, folks! Adapt and improvise! Take care of your bees health and take care of your own. We’re sold out of honey but we’ll be back soon. And we’re growing so hopefully we’ll be back a little stronger.

Well, let me get on about my rat killin’!


2nd Annual First Responders Chili Cook-Off

JOIN US FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL FIRST RESPONDERS CHILI COOK-OFF ON SATURDAY NOV 2ND – 11:00A.M. TO 6:00P.M. at 1 North Marigold Drive, Covington, Louisiana

There’s  going to be food, crafts, music, and all kinds of good stuff!

Cooler weather is upon us and the bees are preparing for winter but you can still get this year’s honey at our table or at Attic To Awesome in Abita Springs.

The bees worked hard this year and so did we so we’re happy to see our customers enjoying our honey. Like all beekeepers, we’re already planning for next year and hoping it will be even better. Thanks for supporting us and thanks for supporting the bees by buying real honey!

Stormy weather

How ’bout that storm! We’re gonna be picking up limbs for weeks!

Like most people, it seems, we woke up yesterday morning only to find out that the power had been out for hours. After coffee and breakfast on the camp stove, we drove to town to get a few things done only to find out that nobody had power! It wasn’t a complete bust though. We were able to pick up some new rabbits for our rabbitry, thanks to Jamie at S & S Farms, and drop off some more honey at Attic to Awesome (also without power but open nonetheless). Anyway, our power eventually came back on and we hope yours did to and that your damage was minimal.

Andrea will be at the Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market today selling honey. So, y’all get up, get some food in your belly and get on down to the farmers market and get some honey while the gettin is good. I know I’m putting some back, along with some fruit, so that I can start making mead soon. Ya gotta make it now if you want to enjoy it next year!

Take care!

P.S., If you’re running queen excluders then don’t forget to get them off soon for winter!

Skip the yard work and head on over to the farmers market!

Folks, did you know that Americans tend 40 million acres of lawn with 80 million pounds of chemicals and 400 billion gallons of water each year? Crazy, right?

Okay, so now that I’ve talked you out of yard work today, why not head over to the the Abita Springs Art and Farmers Market and buy some Talcatcha Farm honey? We don’t cut corners on quality and you’d be supporting the production good local honey made right here in Bush, Louisiana.

So, to all those who don’t might letting their yards go a little wild every once in a while and use some restraint on the pesticides, we thank you, the bees thank you, and who you kidding, you didn’t really want to mow anyway!

Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch!

Talcatcha Farm Honey is available today at the Abita Springs Art and Farmers Market until 3pm! Come on by and say “Hi!”

You can also get our honey now at Attic to Awesome at 22107 Hwy. 36
Abita Springs, Louisiana. They got all kinds of cool stuff there!

Reminder; now is the perfect time for you mead-makers to stock up on honey for those fall and winter mead projects.