Harvesting and marketing the honey is the most awaited-for time for bee keepers. From honey, there can be money! There are things that must be taken into consideration before a beekeeper can harvest the honey and sell it on the market.
As soon as possible, honey that is made from rapeseed oil must be immediately extracted before it becomes too hard for collecting. If not, the main harvest of honey will be in late summer, when the heavy frames are removed and the wax caps are separated from the combs. This is done using a shard, heated knife or other sophisticated equipment. Normally honey is taken from the frames by rotating the wax in a centrifugal extractor. After that, the honey is filtered and bottled. The wax can also be melted down and cleaned for other uses. The final harvest usually occurs on 24th August, the Feast of St. Bartholomew, after some honey is left in the hive as food for the colony during winter.
In terms of marketing, honey can be sold directly to consumers. Honey can also be sold through supermarkets, shops, markets, or even at country fairs. Other alternatives can also be to sell the produce through the Women’s Institute. One not need belong to the Women’s Institute or be a female to sell through the Women’s Institute’s market stall. Paying a small fee for the goods will do to display and sell it on a commission basis.
In beekeeping, it is not just honey that one can harvest from bees, but also propolis, royal jelly, pollen and beeswax. These are also profitable which can generate a useful income for a beekeeper.