September 2013


We’re done!

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The warm room is empty once more.

All the honey is pulled, extracted, and ready for your enjoyment.

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Travis and Neil with just 2 stacks to go!

To head off some of your questions at the gate: yes, all of our honey is raw honey.  Yes, that’s the stuff that’s actually honey, the stuff that’s good for you, and the stuff that also is the tastiest.  What is raw honey?  Honey that has been handled respectfully and gently by the packer, in this case, us.

Raw honey is never superheated — superheating honey breaks down the delicate enzymes the bees add to it, i.e., part of what makes honey, honey.  Why do the big packers superheat it?  So it won’t crystallize on their shelves.  The Big Box Store wouldn’t be too happy if it ordered a million pounds of honey and had it go rock hard on the shelves, now would it?  So, crystallization, while annoying, is often indicative of honey’s “rawness.”  And crystallization is reversible — here’s our post on how we liquefy our crystallized honey.

Raw honey is never filtered — filtering honey removes pollen, wax, and other goodies that make honey, honey.  Why do the big packers filter honey, and sometimes send it through a diatomaceous earth filter?  Again, to cut down on that crystallization factor.

Honey is a super saturated sugar, so there’s not much that can grow in it.  There’s no reason to mess with nature’s perfection, so we don’t.

Happily for us, we live in the middle of nowhere (we love you, Pioneer Woman, but compared to us your ranch is in Brooklyn), in the midst of plants that make the best honey you’ve never tasted.  Mostly sweet clover and alfalfa, if you’re wondering.  As a result, our honey is mild, light, and sweet, of course, but not cloying.

There’s no difference in the Glacier County Honey Co and Chief Mountain Honey Co honeys.

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Chief Mountain Honey on display at Natural Grocers in Kalispell!

Everything for sale is this year’s crop and yes, we have comb honey this year!

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Ross Rounds are $15 each.

We welcome more of your questions, and your orders.  Check out www.glaciercountyhoney.com or email sales (at) glaciercountyhoney (dot) com for more information.

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Howard helped me pass out honey stix at Natural Grocers last week.  

We appreciate your support, and of course your business, more than you know.

And now, we’re going to say a few words of thanks for our harvest, and take a nap on our sticky couch ….

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Today, we should be celebrating the 29th birthday of my baby brother, Howard, instead of mourning 9 years without him. But I’m posting this picture of How and our Mom as a followup to my blog about going on in search of joy. So today, dance for Howard, and for the 20s that he missed. I am joyful that I get to dance, even if never again with his broad hands to steady me.

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Howard and Mom, May 17, 2004, at the wedding of Kray Davis and Mark Luxbacher, Bluefield, Virginia.

Not sure where August went.

Maggie Rose and Howard, should you one day read this blog and wonder where the August entries are, I promise we fed, bathed, and loved you despite the lack of documentation.  Bills of lading, honey supers that made our scapulas groan, and endless sticky laundry defined August 2013, and there was little time for precious baby pictures.

Mama is sorry.

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We shipped plenty of honey, and are thankful for a good harvest.  Maggie was ever helpful, Honeydew was ever industrious, I was ever exhausted.

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Wait, we all were.

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But watching Maggie Rose and Howard begin to interact made the sleepless nights and backbreaking days worth it.

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Grandma Sarah came to visit and Maggie Rose and Howard were thrilled to have a constant play companion.  Maggie is currently obsessed with painting her nails — this amuses me greatly, as I only paint mine for weddings.  Sometimes.

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While Grandma was in charge, I snuck off for a girls’ night with Pseudo Sista and Natalie2.  We savored Twistas at Two Sisters and then soaked up the Many Glacier porch until it was long past dark.  I suppose I’m one of “those moms” who “needs” a break from her kids.  It makes me feel guilty — but then, what about modern mothering does not?  — but I return ever more appreciative of those tiny, if sticky, hands.  Thanks, Grandma.

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In late August, Howard’s 2nd month check revealed a baby who is finally over his jaundice.  We are relieved!  In light of everything else, jaundice is such a small issue, but after months of a daily mental litany of all the things that might be wrong with Howard, it provided a bone for me to obsess over, and that wasn’t such a good thing.

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Just before Labor Day weekend, Maggie Rose and I found a big patch of snowberries.  They’re beautiful, but their presence leaves no doubt that the first freeze will happen in a matter of days.

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I feel the same way, buddy.  First frost.  I’m not ready, either.

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2013 Fill Your Own Bucket Day Crew — not pictured, Chuck (who was watching Maggie & Howard) and the delightful Connie Olson

Thanks as always to our parents, our siblings, and dear friends who are helping us put Harvest 2013 to bed, whether you’re extracting honey, painting fingernails, or taking out the trash.  We appreciate you more than you know.

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There were a few months of my pregnancy with Howard that I was literally unable to walk up a simple flight of stairs without resting.  Those were not good days for me.  Whether it was the IVIG or my severe anemia we don’t know, but each time I paused to breathe on the stairs to Maggie’s room, I thought about the mountains I had climbed in my pre-neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia existence and wondered if I would be able to do so again.

I haven’t reached a summit in the 12 weeks since Howard’s arrival, but I did carry him up to Iceberg Lake last week, and I felt just as joyful as I did the morning I first reached the top of Divide, in 2000.

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Thanks so much to my sweet friend Suzy for going with us.  Glacier, it’s good to be back!

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