Dear reader,

 Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season! Reflecting back on this season, gratitude fills our hearts knowing we have had the opportunity to support our beekeeping community. We've had the pleasure of sharing our time with such great members of our BeeGroup, you make our mission fun and rewarding. Thank you for being apart of the journey! May the New Year bring us all happiness, health, & honeybees! 

Just a reminder, due to the up coming Intro to Beekeeping Seminar there will not be a regular January meeting.  We welcome all members to participate in the seminars, even if only for a portion.  The more beekeepers to share their knowledge and experience, the better it will be for those just starting out.

If you've attended any of our classes or workshops, we would appreciate if you would kindly write a  review on our website and share your experience. 

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Best Honey of 2015

Congratulations Rich Sullivan on winning this years "Annual Honey Challenge"!  A round of applause to you for all of your hard work and delicious honey. We are impressed with all of Rich's accomplishments, great job!

Thank you everyone for bringing in their harvest for judging. The turnout was wonderful and each honey was delightfully unique. Until next year.... 


Turning Dreams Into Possibilities

Cornwall beekeeper Elizabeth Klosky has made it her mission to make beekeeping more affordable for beginners. As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Elizabeth has been teaming with Assemblyman James Skoufis on legislation to put this into effect. It is with great relief that the honeybee has received so much exposure and their importance is no longer an unspoken topic. The challenges the honeybee faces has reached so many and the outpour of people eager to get involved is promising. With the losses our country is seeing each year, beekeepers play a vital role in our ecosystem and possibly of our very existence. With this evident knowledge, many new to beekeeping wish to get involved and for many, reality is, beekeeping is an expensive hobby. Elizabeth's goal is to make small scale beekeeping more affordable, supporting folks good intentions. 

" I'm looking forward to working with Elizabeth next legislative session on efforts to make small- scale beekeeping less costly and ensuring our ecosystem has the pollination- and honey- that's needed" - James Skoufis , Assemblyman, Assembly District 99


Pictured below, James and Elizabeth harvesting honey on October 12th, 2015. This was James' first ever harvest experience and stated " I can't say I've ever done anything quite like this but it was lots of fun and the end product was delicious!". 



The Bee Carol

Silently on Christmas Eve,
the turn of midnight’s key;
all the garden locked in ice —
a silver frieze —
except the winter cluster of the bees.

Flightless now and shivering,
around their Queen they cling;
every bee a gift of heat;
she will not freeze
within the winter cluster of the bees.

Bring me for my Christmas gift
a single golden jar;
let me taste the sweetness there,
but honey leave
to feed the winter cluster of the bees.

Come with me on Christmas Eve
to see the silent hive —
trembling stars cloistered above —
and then believe,
bless the winter cluster of the bees.

“The Bee Carol” by Carol Ann Duffy from The Bees. © Faber & Faber, Inc., 2011. 

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Recipe of the Month

A tried and true honey recipe that we've found to be quite delicious! 

Honey- Dijon Pork Tenderloin       

Serves 4

• 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1-inch slices

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 teaspoon pepper

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1 small onion, chopped

• 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

• 1 tablespoon butter

• 2 garlic cloves, minced

• 1/2 cup evaporated milk

• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

• 1 tablespoon soy sauce

• 1 tablespoon honey ( I enjoy adding honey on the heavy side )

• Hot cooked pasta


1.Flatten pork slices to 1/2-in. thickness; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook pork in oil in batches until meat is no longer pink. Remove and keep warm

2.In the same skillet, saute onion and mushrooms in butter until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Stir in the milk, mustard, soy sauce and honey. Return pork to the pan; heat through. Serve with noodles. Yield: 4 servings

Honey-Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Mushrooms


2016 Nucs For Sale - May Pickup

We are pleased to be able to offer quality Northern Bred bees again this year. Five frame nucs with 4+ frames of brood and honey. These are not just a merger of brood frames with a newly mated queen. These are established colonies with brood from the queen you receive. Reserve your nuc on our website.  


2016 Intro to Beekeeping

It's not too late for the next Intro to Beekeeping seminar.   Please pass on to anyone you know that might be interested.  

Folks can get more information and register on our website.


Best of the Beekeeping Forums

The beekeeping forums are not only good for getting help with your questions, but also to learn and think about things you haven't considered.  Here are posts related to this months topic of discussion.

COMPLETELY empty hive

Does Filtering or Straining Honey Remove Pollen From Honey?

Winter projects?

If you're in the bee yard on the 25th



Hudson Valley Hives is a beekeeping group that  meets at the Olive Free Library on a monthly basis and discuss all things beekeeping. The meeting starts with a short seasonal appropriate presentation followed by general open discussion. It is very informal and we welcome anyone interested to participate. If you are just thinking about getting started in beekeeping, a new beekeeper, or a seasoned beekeeper, you will benefit from the group discussions.

• What: Bee Group

• Where: Olive Free Library, West Shokan

• When: 3rd Monday of the Month - 6:30PM

Merry Christmas,
Rob Overton
Lindsay Brower


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