Okay, so maybe it's not Spring yet, but it sounds a whole lot better than "Will this bitter cold ever end?", or "30 below zero on a Dark January Day". Cold or not, Spring will be here before we know it, and it's time to start planning ahead. We have some exciting changes coming up!
After 14 years of constructing complete hives for folks from Seward to Fairbanks, we will be scaling back significantly. Previously, we have spent several months at a time every spring working very long days in order to fulfill this need. Sadly, the cost of purchasing wood locally is now more expensive than ordering pre-cut hive parts and pieces. We will continue to build some hives locally, but they will be at premium prices. We will be bringing in large quantities of quality woodenware starting in February, and expect to always have equipment in stock. We will continue to do custom orders, our unique Screened Bottom Boards, and finally....Pollen Traps!
There has been an increased interest in beekeeping, particularly over the last several years. As this trend continues, we strive to bring you quality products and services. This year, we are planning to bring in our own package bees directly from the lower 48. We are hoping this will help us keep our costs (and yours) down. Additionally, we are increasing the number of beginner classes, and the areas that we offer them. Currently, we have classes scheduled as follows;
Kenai -Saturday, January 21st, 2 pm. Tuesday, February 24th, 5:30 pm at Sarah's Alaska Honey Additional Kenai classes will run through March, TBA
Palmer - Saturday, January 28th, 10:45 am and 2:25 pm at MatSu College
Anchor Point - Friday, February 3rd, 5:30 pm at Anchor River Inn
Homer - Saturday, February 4th, 11 am and 3 pm at Kachemak Community Center
Anchorage - Friday, February 10th 2 pm and 6 pm. Saturday, February 11th 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm at Aspen Suites.
Girdwood - Saturday, February 18th 2 pm at Thriftwood.
All classes are $20 per person, or $30 per couple. RSVP's requested for Anchorage classes due to limited space.
Beginner classes run 2-3 hours and cover all of the basics of keeping bees your first year. Intermediate and hands-on classes may be offered in Kenai as the season progresses.
We are crossing our fingers for a beautiful, warm, prosperous year!
As always, please don't hesitate to call, or stop by the store at 12498 Kenai Spur Hwy #3. You can also follow Sarah's Alaska Honey on Facebook!