Late summer in Southern, Alberta - the dog days - one of my favourite times of the year. It is unbearably hot in the day, but the chilly evenings remind us that autumn is just around the corner and it is time for honey to be collected and harvested.
This year is a bit different than most because of our exciting renovations at Scandia Honey. We have a new, tall warehouse that holds four enormous tanks. Two are for settling the honey and two are for homogenizing it and making a load of honey all perfectly uniform. Having two sets of tanks allows us to continuously extract the honey without worrying if we are mixing some vastly different types of honey (for example, my favourite light clover honey should not be mixed with my father’s favourite dark mint honey). Having the large tanks allows us to take our time when we pour, ensuring we are capturing exactly what we are looking for.
Don’t confuse our tanks for pasteurization tanks - we would never heat our honey beyond the 35* that it is outside. Raw honey is the only option for us! We need to keep the goodness of the honey inside.
I’m hoping for a big harvest for 2020 at Scandia Honey. We all certainly need it, after the rollercoaster of a spring we all had with the pandemic and all the uncertainty it brought with it. I feel big things ahead!