Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 P.M. at the West Barnstable Community
Building on Route 149, will feature our annual holiday market meeting.
Members will be searching for stocking stuffers of soaps, lotions,
candles and honeystix. Club cook books and Queen Bee Candy will
be available as well. Tee shirts, anyone?
All club crafters are invited to display their wares, and we hear
that naturally-dyed hand knit items will be available. The evening
is meant to be fun and informative, and to assist members to sell
If you are bringing items for sale, you may wish to bring tables
as those in the hall are few and weak.
The following members volunteered to bring goodies and drinks to
this meeting: Matt Bresette, Connie Hendrickson, Suzanne Hill and
Peter Cooper. Additional holiday treats would be welcome. Thank
From the President
Happy Holidays everyone!
All liquid feedings in your hives should now have stopped. As the temperature remains low, the bees will have no chance for a cleansing flight therefore only solid candy should be utilized if needed. Following are the fondant recipes, which when properly made, sit right on the frames over the cluster. Beware of recipes that include cream of tartar. We understand that bees cannot tolerate it in their diet.
Meetings of Interest
January – a program on Sustainable Food, presented by Kirsten
March – Apitherapy (Bee Sting Therapy) presented by member
March 29th, Massachusetts Beekeepers Assoc. Spring Meeting, featuring
Dr. Tom Seeley, of Cornell Univ.
At a recent conference we attended a few points of interest surfaced.
One speaker was an organic farmer from California. In the natural
progression of things her beekeeping interests followed. Using IPM
measures, which included screened bottom boards (she has her own
design for sale, available from Jones Apiaries), Janet Brisson utilizes
only a confectionary sugar dusting for mite control. In the spring
before adding honey shallows she dusts with 2 cups of confectionary
sugar (the presence of cornstarch is not a concern) once a week
for 3 consecutive weeks. This is followed just once a month when
the honey shallows are not on. Due to the meticulous nature of the
bees, cleaning themselves of the powdered sugar helps loosen the
grip of the varroa mite and they will drop through the screening.
The method suggested by Randy Oliver (writes in American Bee Journal
) will be discussed in detail in the spring.
The second subject of note was a presentation by Jennifer Berry
of the University of Georgia, on small cell beekeeping. In the last
few years, several articles have surfaced claiming the value of
reduced cell size for mite control. Dadant now produces both 5.1
and 4.9 foundation for those who wish to regress their bees from
the currently popular 5.4 mm foundation.
The University of Georgia embarked on a study to see if there was
any value to this use. Following are significant cell sizes –
Africanized Honey Bees = 4.7 to 4.9, commercial foundation = 5.2
to 5.5, Small Cell foundation = 4.9, feral colonies = 4.7 to 5.9,
(with an average of 5.3)
There has to be a slow regression of the cell size. In other words,
one cannot just introduce small cell foundation into the hive as
the bees will totally mess it up with lots of burr comb, reports
Jennifer. The regression, to do it successfully, must be done over
a period of 2 to 10 years. But the final results in Georgia were
that it was not an effective IPM with no decrease in varroa mite
Woodenware and Foundation
We hear that many members are thinking of increasing hive numbers
– ahh, they have been bitten by these incredible “bugs”!
So, as cold weather sets in, get out your catalogs and start listing
your needs. January’s newsletter will have the order form.
All orders will need to be in by the end of January. Actual closing
date will be announced in the January Buzz Words.
Please return all books and videos to this meeting, so the library
staff can update our lists. Thank You.
The schedule has been prepared and is available on the club website.
» 2008 Bee
Fondant Candy Recipe
Microwave Recipe (feeds 1 or 2 colonies)
- In a 1 quart or larger microwave dish, thoroughly mix 1 &
½ cups granulated sugar and ½ cup light corn syrup.
- Microwave on high, stirring every few minutes until the mixture
is clear and bubbles become thumbnail size (about 10 minutes). Stop
immediately if the mixture starts to brown. A wooden spoon Is very
effective for stirring, as it can be left in the dish during cooking.
- Pour into a mold made from cardboard or a container lined with
paper to cool. The candy will become brittle and can be slipped
on top of frames where the bees will consume it.
Stovetop Recipe (makes nine 5” x 6”
- Mix 5# granulated sugar, 1 pint corn syrup, 1 & 1/3 cups of
water in a large pot.
- Hold over medium heat to 240 d on a candy thermometer. VERY IMPORTANT
TO HOLD THE 240 F.
- Stir only occasionally, it takes a while.
- At 240 , place the pot in a sink of cold water.
- Change the water a few times.
- Beat with a mixer, cooling the mixture to 190
- Pour onto greased (Pam) cookie sheets to ¼ inch thick
- Cool and slice into patties