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Honey Bee on hawthorn flowers Chilcotts Farm

Spring 2021 Poor Weather Means No Spring Devon Honey

Our 2020 Honey sold out rapidly last year. Throughout the seasons we regularly get asked if we have honey for sale and look forward to when we can sell it again. Unfortunately for the bees, the Spring 2021 weather has been poor. As a consequence our bees have been unable to get out and about to gather sufficient nectar for a surplus of spring honey to sell. Hopefully we may have some honey in August. We will notify all our Honey Newsletter subscribers when available. If you want to know when honey is available, sign up to our Honey newsletter.

Local Bickington & Fremington Honey

£6.00

Sold out of our 2020 Honey. The Spring 2021 weather has been poor. As a consequence our bees have been unable to get out and about to gather sufficient nectar for a surplus of spring honey to sell. Hopefully we may have some honey in August. We will notify all our Honey Newsletter subscribers when available. If you want to know when honey is available, sign up to our Honey newsletter.

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

Buy online for CLICK & COLLECT only  

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.

Out of 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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    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

    Sold out of our 2020 Honey. The Spring 2021 weather has been poor. As a consequence our bees have been unable to get out and about to gather sufficient nectar for a surplus of spring honey to sell. Hopefully we may have some honey in August. We will notify all our Honey Newsletter subscribers when available. If you want to know when honey is available, sign up to our Honey newsletter.

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

    Buy online for CLICK & COLLECT only  

    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.

    Out of 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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    CONTACT US

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      Your Name (required)

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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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      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

      Sold out of our 2020 Honey. The Spring 2021 weather has been poor. As a consequence our bees have been unable to get out and about to gather sufficient nectar for a surplus of spring honey to sell. Hopefully we may have some honey in August. We will notify all our Honey Newsletter subscribers when available. If you want to know when honey is available, sign up to our Honey newsletter.

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

      Buy online for CLICK & COLLECT only  

      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.

      Out of 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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        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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        New beehive all prepared for the new season

        Preparing for Season

        Spring is gathering momentum, and the spring blossom is beginning to erupt with flower buds bulging and about to explode. The bees are out and about on warm days looking for blossom and sources of water.

        I am frantically trying to get prepared. This new hive is ready to hopefully house another colony of bees in the coming months.

        I still need to put together loads of frames to replace old wax, but also to allow for expansion and new colonies. Not much time left, but I am sure it will come together and we will be ready.

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        Honey Bee on crocus gathering pollen in early spring

        Bees are Springing into Action

        We have had so much rain in the UK, but North Devon, although wet, seems to have got off lighter than some parts of the country!

        In the dryer, warmer spells, the bees have managed to get out and collect pollen. They are returning to the hive with their pollen baskets loaded up with mainly orange and yellow pollen at the moment.

        If anyone is interested, I have written a small guide on the colour of pollen and the flowers the bees have been visiting in North Devon. See: https://chilcotts.farm/bees/local-pollen-guide/

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        Beehive blown over by #StormCiara

        Unhappy Bees!

        Well wouldn’t you bee unhappy too if your house has been blown over, and you are exposed to all the elements?

        I can see the hives from the house and am always keeping an eye on the them checking all is well.

        Everyone had been warning us about #StormCiara, but for some reason I didn’t think about the hives. This morning when I got up, the hives were fine, but the wind was gusting. The BBC website said gusts up to 70 miles per hour.

        Mid morning, one of the hives blew over! Spotted as it happened, I shot out to pick the hive up to protect the poor bees from the wind and rain. As I upped the hive and went to get some blocks and straps to to put on the roof and hold it down, it blew over again!

        Angry, unhappy bees is an understatement! Poor things. Anyway, I managed to up the hive again (Four stings later – four little bees obviously managed to get into my bee jacket) I weighed it down with bricks and strapped it together. I then strapped all the other hives down too.

        Fingers crossed the queen has not been damaged, and all the girls will support her as she starts to lay in the coming weeks.

        Strapped down beehive ready for the winds
        Strapped down beehive ready for the winds

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