We are now selling Honey. Local Pickup and online orders can be placed for EX31, EX32, EX33 or EX39 postcodes Dismiss

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Capped honey in the comb

Bickington & Fremington Devon Honey For Sale

We have jarred up this year’s Summer 2020 Honey which is now for sale. Collected and produced by our bees. The girls have again done us proud, the runny honey tastes delicious. Although it will probably crystallise over time (as all naturally produced honey does), when it goes solid, we provide instructions on how to make it liquid again.

Local Bickington & Fremington Honey

£6.00

All our local honey is produced by our bees and harvested using craft skills and traditional methods. Our bees are located on our smallholding in between Bickington and Fremington, just on the outside of Barnstaple, North Devon.

Buy online, CLICK & COLLECT  (Orders can be placed for EX31, EX32, EX33 or EX39 postcodes)

Or knock and buy from the door.  We take contactless card payments up to £45  chilcotts farm takes mastercard visa maestro Find us here .,,,,

Sorry we do not offer retail or quantity discounts.

2 in stock

Flavour

In our opinion, the local honey shows the characteristics of a traditional English honey, smooth but floral with hints of fudge and citrus.

Granulated Honey

All natural and unprocessed honey will crystallise over time.  Depending on which flowers the bees have been visiting will depend on how quickly the honey granulates or goes solid.  Processed liquid honey bought in the super market, is treated to stop granulation.  This is often done through heating the honey.  This process destroys the natural properties of the honey removing the benefits and altering the taste. At Chilcotts Farm our honey is Pure and Untreated.  All we do is filter our honey after it has been extracted. The fact that honey crystallises and granulates, is the best evidence that you have a quality pure product.  However, if you prefer liquid honey you can restore it to a liquid state by gently heating the honey.  To do this:
  1. Loosen the lid of the jar, and stand the honey jar in a bowl of hot water.
  2. Gently stir the honey until the honey becomes liquid again.

Find out More About Our Honey

If you want to know more about our Honey click here.

Newsletter

Want to know when we have honey?

Subscribe to our email list and we will let you know when we have honey available.

Honey maybe available late spring or September depending on the season. We will let you know.

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Recycle & Re-use Jars & Egg Boxes

We reuse and recycle egg boxes and our glass jars at Chilcotts Farm

We are always grateful for clean half dozen egg boxes & the return of our glass jars for re-use

Recycle Glass Jars


After you have finished with your honey, jam, chutney or pickle, we can re-use the undamaged jars.

12oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Jams and Honey)

8oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Chutney, Pickle and Curds)

Unfortunately, we can only accept the types of jars we sell.

The lids can not be re-used, so are sent for recycling, but the glass jars are washed, cleaned and sterilised prior to being refilled with our delicious preserves and honey.

So if you have bought our preserves or honey, rather than throwing the jar away, just drop it off at Chilcotts Farm the next time you are passing.

Thank you!


We Recycle Re-use our Jam jars at chilcotts farm
We re-use and recycle egg boxes at Chilcotts Farm

Recycle Your Egg Boxes


To reduce the impact on the environment, we can re-use half dozen egg boxes.

Whether egg boxes from us or used egg boxes from the supermarket, we can re-use them.

We can only use egg boxes that are clean & undamaged, but at the end of their life, any egg boxes we can't re-use we compost.

When passing Chilcotts Farm, just drop them off.

Thank you!


Availability

Normally available in August or September

Allergy Advice

May help pollen allergies

Origin

Produced in Devon, United Kingdom

Ingredients

Pure Filtered Unadluterated Honey

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Samples of Spring Honey (2020) ready to be sent to the National Honey Monitoring Scheme

National Honey Monitoring Scheme (NHMS)

I have needed to send this off for a while. The honey I took from the hives back in July ( the spring honey) is going to be sent off to have a DNA analysis undertaken.

The objective of the analysis is too assess long term impacts on UK floral resources in the changing environment.

I am hoping that we not only help with this national scheme, understand where our bees have been and what they have been foraging in the spring.

Anyone interested and want to know more, check out, https://honey-monitoring.ac.uk

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Bees cleaning honey from the boot of a car

What do you do if you spill honey in your car?

Hmmmmmm slight problem. 5Kg of honey spilled in the boot of the car. Problem ….. how do you clean up the sticky mess?

A frightful mess, and a real waste of this precious harvest. This honey was destined to be fermented and become mead. However during transportation, the bucket turned over and ended up all over the boot of the car and a load of honey jars.

PANIC! How do you clear up this sticky mess. Instinct was to get the carpets out the car and hose them down. Worried about how the carpets would cope with water, as much of the honey as possible was scarped up and scooped into a bucket.

After this, we put the bees to work! (Strictly, as a beekeeper this is not good practice! It can spread disease between hives…. but needs must) The boot of the car was left open, and whatever could be removed, from the car was left sheltered in the garage.

Within minutes, the bees from the hives were coming to recover the honey. Pools of honey had been cleared within an hour. 24 hours later, the interior of the car had virtually been cleared. None of the sticky residue was left. Quite amazing.

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Local Devon Honey Spring 2020

Bickington & Fremington Devon Honey For Sale

We have jarred up this year’s first batch of honey (Spring 2020), which is now for sale. Collected and produced by our bees. This spring honey is still runny and floral. Although it will probably crystallise over time (as all naturally produced honey does), when it goes solid, we provide instructions on how to make it liquid again.

Local Bickington & Fremington Honey

£6.00

All our local honey is produced by our bees and harvested using craft skills and traditional methods. Our bees are located on our smallholding in between Bickington and Fremington, just on the outside of Barnstaple, North Devon.

Buy online, CLICK & COLLECT  (Orders can be placed for EX31, EX32, EX33 or EX39 postcodes)

Or knock and buy from the door.  We take contactless card payments up to £45  chilcotts farm takes mastercard visa maestro Find us here .,,,,

Sorry we do not offer retail or quantity discounts.

2 in stock

Flavour

In our opinion, the local honey shows the characteristics of a traditional English honey, smooth but floral with hints of fudge and citrus.

Granulated Honey

All natural and unprocessed honey will crystallise over time.  Depending on which flowers the bees have been visiting will depend on how quickly the honey granulates or goes solid.  Processed liquid honey bought in the super market, is treated to stop granulation.  This is often done through heating the honey.  This process destroys the natural properties of the honey removing the benefits and altering the taste.

At Chilcotts Farm our honey is Pure and Untreated.  All we do is filter our honey after it has been extracted.

The fact that honey crystallises and granulates, is the best evidence that you have a quality pure product.  However, if you prefer liquid honey you can restore it to a liquid state by gently heating the honey.  To do this:

  1. Loosen the lid of the jar, and stand the honey jar in a bowl of hot water.
  2. Gently stir the honey until the honey becomes liquid again.

Find out More About Our Honey

If you want to know more about our Honey click here.

Newsletter

Want to know when we have honey?

Subscribe to our email list and we will let you know when we have honey available.

Honey maybe available late spring or September depending on the season. We will let you know.

LOCATION

CONTACT US

Please complete the contact form below.






Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message

Recycle & Re-use Jars & Egg Boxes

We reuse and recycle egg boxes and our glass jars at Chilcotts Farm

We are always grateful for clean half dozen egg boxes & the return of our glass jars for re-use

Recycle Glass Jars


After you have finished with your honey, jam, chutney or pickle, we can re-use the undamaged jars.

12oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Jams and Honey)

8oz Hexagonal Jars (Our Chutney, Pickle and Curds)

Unfortunately, we can only accept the types of jars we sell.

The lids can not be re-used, so are sent for recycling, but the glass jars are washed, cleaned and sterilised prior to being refilled with our delicious preserves and honey.

So if you have bought our preserves or honey, rather than throwing the jar away, just drop it off at Chilcotts Farm the next time you are passing.

Thank you!


We Recycle Re-use our Jam jars at chilcotts farm
We re-use and recycle egg boxes at Chilcotts Farm

Recycle Your Egg Boxes


To reduce the impact on the environment, we can re-use half dozen egg boxes.

Whether egg boxes from us or used egg boxes from the supermarket, we can re-use them.

We can only use egg boxes that are clean & undamaged, but at the end of their life, any egg boxes we can't re-use we compost.

When passing Chilcotts Farm, just drop them off.

Thank you!


Availability

Normally available in August or September

Allergy Advice

May help pollen allergies

Origin

Produced in Devon, United Kingdom

Ingredients

Pure Filtered Unadluterated Honey

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Jarring up natural local honey

Sticky Morning

This morning has been spent jarring up some of this year’s spring honey. The hives have done really well, building up the colony, but also out and about collecting and abundance of nectar.

Now onto labelling and getting out for sale.

Roll on the summer honey flow!

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Honey Bee Working Hawthorn Flowers

Another May new buds and flowers shall bring

“Another May new buds and flowers shall bring: Ah! why has happiness no second Spring?” – Charlotte Turner Smith

This spring certainly keeps bringing. The weather continues to be fantastic for the bees. The recent rain has been welcome. This enables the plants to draw up water and increase the nectar flow in the flowers.

In turn this ensures the bees supply continues to come.

The hives are still doing well, and the bees continue to build up their honey stores. Hopefully at the end of May, I’ll be able to harvest the first honey crop of 2020

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Honey Bee Flying Toward Apple Blossom

The Best April Ever for Bees?

I’ve been keeping bees for 10 years, and I don’t remember an April like it.

The warm dry weather here in Devon, has definitely benefited the bees. They have been out and about every day. The blossom is flourishing and producing the good stuff …. nectar and pollen.

In the garden, the old apple trees, are buzzing. The buzz from the trees provides a background hum to the whole garden. It literally sounds like a swarm of bees is somewhere settling.

The hives are bursting. The workforce has been busy taking advantage of nature’s bounty.

The bees have been so productive that the hives are filled with honey and I have had to make more room for them to store their harvest.

All I need to do now is manage them from swarming and taking their produce away!

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Wild brood comb in a bee hive

Wild comb

Last year I housed a honey bee swarm I collected from the local area. On returning, I put the swarm into a new hive with about half the intended frames I had to hand. I needed to assemble more and intended to put the remaining frames in the following day.

However, I didn’t get the chance to return to the hive for a couple of days. At this point the colony had drawn wild comb which was hanging from the crown board (the lid on the top of the hive).

In a dilemma, I decided to leave the hive until the following season and sort it out then.

Yesterday, was the day. In the main picture you can see 5 pieces of wild comb. Each of these were packed with brood (growing baby bees).

I took three pieces of the wild comb and attached each piece into a frame using elastic bands (not sure how this will work). I then transferred these to a new hive with new frames. The new hive was put back in the same place as the original hive.

I couldn’t find the queen, but hopefully she was somewhere amongst the existing frames or was brushed off into the new hive as I removed each piece of wild comb.

Now all tidy and manageable, the hive can be easily inspected. Next week, I will go in and see if I can find the queen or evidence that she is still laying.

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