Adopt a beehive from the "Apicoltura Le Querce" apiary in Azeglio (Italië) and receive your organic Alpine honey at home. Emanuele will take care of your adoption and take its picture. You will also be able to download the adoption certificate, and if you wish, plan your visit to the farm. As the production coming from one beehive is big, the adoption is shared among various people. If you wish to have a bigger share, you may adopt more than once. You do not enter into any long-term commitment: Although your adoption will be renewed automatically, you will always be informed in advance and may decide to cancel your adoption at any time as long as the preparation has not yet begun.
You adopt a beehive from our apiary in Azeglio (Italië). The apiculture here is certified as organic by the European Union as of 2012. Since 2012 we have been breeding around 300 families of Ligustica bees, following organic methods. We practise "heroic" beekeeping by moving the hives high up in the mountains in the summer to access uncontaminated areas. This offers the bees a rich and varied pasture, an essential element for producing unique types of honey. Between August and September, we bring the hives back to the lowlands and allow the bees to stock up on nectar for the winter months. In order to obtain monofloral honey, we position the hives in the areas where the blooms that will characterise the different types of honey are located. We only take honey that is surplus to the needs of the colonies and we extract and pack the honey cold to keep all its properties intact. The bees live in hives made of fir wood, they contain frames on which they build honeycombs to hold eggs, larvae, pollen and honey. The age of the bees varies depending on the season: the queen can live three to five years, 'winter' bees about five months, and 'summer' bees about 40 days. The hives can accommodate up to 60,000 bees during the harvest period, while the population shrinks to a few hundred in winter, keeping the core temperature at 30-35°C to allow the queen to survive. We have received various awards for our honey: a "Goccia d'Oro" for our Rhododendron honey at the Giulio Piana Awards in 2019 and 2022, "Maestri del Gusto" (Masters of Taste) since 2006 – Slow food and the Turin Chamber of Commerce and "Presidio Slow Food" for our high mountain range. Each beehive produces an average of 35kg of organic Alpine honey per season. 14 CrowdFarmers will share the adoption, and each one will receive a box containing 2.4kg of organic Alpine honey.
Each season we will send you a box with: 2 x __Organic Rhododendron Honey__ (400 g each, jar) 2 x __Organic Alpine Flower Honey__ (400 g each, jar) 2 x __Organic Black locust honey *(Robinia Pseudoacacia*)__ (400 g each, jar) The rhododendron is a shrub endemic to the Alps, from which a light ivory honey is obtained. Ours is produced in hives that are placed at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,000 metres. When tasted, it reveals its floral nature, imparting a faint hint of sugar and recalling the scent of beeswax. __Rhododendron honey__ goes nicely with all blue and/or well-matured cheeses; it is the ideal surprise ingredient when marinating fish or as a sauce for forest or mountain risottos, such as with porcini mushrooms or alpine cheeses. Also excellent on toasted, crusty bread or used as a sweetener for herbal teas and delicate infusions. __Alpine flower honey__ is harvested during June and July from hives located at altitudes of between 1,200 and 1,500 metres and draws on the nectar of the meadows and plants that grow at those altitudes. The colour varies from gold to light amber depending on the prevailing blossoms. Moderately sweet and aromatic. It captures the scents of the nectars from which it comes, from the soft character of rhododendron to the pungent tone of dandelion or the characteristic spirit of thyme. It is the ideal companion for every product of Alpine origin, from alpine Toma to typical Fontina cheeses and from a blackberry, raspberry and blueberry fruit salad to the warmth of game cooked with herbs. From the blossoming of *Robinia pseudoacacia*, which occurs in the lowlands between late April and May, bees produce a light golden, almost transparent nectar. Sweet and delicate, __Organic Black locust honey __*(Robinia Pseudoacacia*) gives the palate a gentle hint of candy and vanilla. It is mainly used to sweeten drinks or fruit salads. Ideal on buttered toast or combined with goat's, pecorino or blue cheeses. Store the honey in a cool and dry place: in these conditions it can last for a very long time, even if its properties may change over time. Not suitable for children under 12 months.
Wanneer ontvang je het?
Between April and early September, we tend to the hives. Later, with the onset of the cold weather, the bees go into hibernation, and it is then that we pot the collected honey. You will receive your honey in November.