5th Annual Denver Chicken Coop Tour - Don't miss this self-guided tour if you want to learn about chickens, coops and urban homesteading right from the backyards and gardens of area urban homesteaders! Saturday, October 4, 2014. Buy tickets now. See button above and to the right. $20 for a single or group up to 4. (above)
60lb honey pails available. This is local, never-heated, unfiltered raw honey from one of our bee farmers north of Denver. It doesn't get any better than this. $240 festival price
Why we DO NOT support the GMO initiative, called the "Right to Know Colorado" law. Obviously Denver Urban Homesteading and its farmers do not support the use of genetically modified food. And we support the concept of labeling. However, this law has no exception for small markets. We will have to follow the same rules as multi-billion dollar supermarket corporations what with labeling, keeping affidavits, etc. AND WE CANNOT DO IT! Anyone who has come into our market knows we operate on a shoestring, and we fear that the shoestring will break if we are forced to hire another person to make sure we comply with this law. Or maybe we should just give up the free Chicken Swaps, Honey Festival, etc. so I can spend my time labeling instead. Additionally, a violation is a criminal offense. That's a lot of risk for a husband-wife team. Those who have followed our travails know that we challenge government over raw milk issues, re-use of egg carton issues, and now (for the last four years) intellectual property issues, and we do it to benefit our customers and to benefit society. But this law will give a vengeful bureaucrat one more tool in his or her arsenal to use against us when our next challenge comes up.
BTW, I have spoken to the owners of several small ethnic markets where we shop who are opposed to this law. Obamacare doesn't kick in until you have 50 employees, and the ADA until you have 15. But this initiative will require labeling by every blessed soul who sells food in this state. Maybe it is time to come up with a labeling law that will not crush the many small markets in this state, otherwise we risk driving markets like ours out of business leaving us to rely even more on giant supermarkets and big agriculture. My Russian wife, who was born and raised in the USSR, told me that even the Communists didn't try to regulate farmers markets. - James Bertini
PS An attorney named Trey Rogers who is a partner in a giant law firm who claims he helped write the initiative attacked my position in the Denver Post. Mr. Rogers says it is really no big deal to find out which foods need labeling, which foods actually have GMOs, to keep track of all of them and then to do the labeling, including labeling of vegetables. So would Mr. Rogers donate a few hours a week to do all this at our small market so we don't have to hire another worker to do it? We think not. Mr. Rogers says that we don't have to worry because we can rely on manufacturers and distributors for GMO information. But the law says retailers are responsible. I think Mr. Rogers is full of organic manure.
We process honey here. See the bottom of this page.
WE TEACH BEEKEEPING. BECOME A BEEKEEPER AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
Beekeeping Mentor and teacher Don Studinski giving a demonstration of our honey extractor at our fall Denver Honey Festival. He teaches classes here.
Denver Urban Homesteading offers a comprehensive variety of services for the beekeeping field. We offer beginner beekeeping classes, we sell beekeeping equipment, we offer swarm removal services, we offer a backyard pollination service and we sell honey.
Bee part of the solution and help foster honeybees. These fine animals are critical pollinators, and without pollinators many of our crops would be lost and we could not feed the planet. Colony Collapse Disorder, regardless of the cause, is real. You can help honey bees by eating honey (spurring demand), ordering our pollination service or becoming a beekeeper.
Bees range in a radius of about 3 miles from their hive. They fly at 15mph and beat their wings 230 times a second. One teaspoon of honey is the lifetime work of about a dozen bees, each of whom lives about six weeks (longer in winter when they are not working). One pound of honey takes some 55,000 bee miles of travel; one gallon may take a million miles and visits to 2M flowers.
And what is honey? It is regurgitated nectar collected from flowers that bees visit. The bees store it in the hive and transform it to more than 80% sugar by fanning their wings to evaporate the moisture in it. Honey is a supersaturated liquid, containing more sugar than water can normally dissolve. Honey is comprised of 17% water, and about 40% fructose and 30% glucose.
In Colorado, 90% of flying insect stings are from wasps (and yellow jackets are a wasp). Wasps do very little pollination and mostly eat other insects, fallen fruit, rotten meat. (Colorado State University Extension http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05525.html)
Photo taken March 2012 of a backyard beehive in the Platt Park neighborhood of Denver.
Наш фермерский рынок предлагает широкий ассортимент оборудования для пчеловодства. Мы также покупаем местный мед (непереработанный) для продажи его на нашем рынке. Если у вас есть вопросы напишите сообщение или позвоните Ирине. Она ответит Вам по-русски. email@example.com
[A message from owner James Bertini's Russian wife Irina to the Russian beekeeping community.]
BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT SOLD HERE
We stock a comprehensive selection of beekeeping equipment. Beginners can buy their hive and suit from us, and experienced beekeepers can get any number of hives they need and any equipment they need.
LANGSTROTH HIVES TOP BAR HIVES
Just call us if you have a swarm of bees and don't want them. Beekeepers are standing by.
We plan to have a honey extractor available this year at the market for our use and for use by the public. We plan to sell a wide variety of local and other rare honey products.
We offer beginner beekeeping classes in the spring for aspiring beekeepers.
HONEY AVAILABLE AT OUR MARKET
Updated for 2014
SOME OF OUR LOCAL HONEY IS NOW SOLD BY ZIP CODE. We sell only raw, unfiltered honey. Raw means unpasteurized. Pasteurization of honey involves heating it, and this is done so that it will not crystallize, or granulate. Honey will crystallize if exposed to cold weather or just after a period of time has elapsed, as little as one month. While most of the world eats crystallized honey, Americans are used to liquid honey, and so big honey producers oblige by pasteurizing their honey so it stays liquid on the shelf and in your cupboard. The only problem with this is that the pasteurization process is believed by many to remove natural antioxidants present in the honey.
Also, most of our honey is local, and it is believed that consumption of local honey, since it included pollen from area trees and plants, will help build up a resistance to allergies.
Know that some recent studies show that up to 85% of honey purchased in supermarkets is contaminated with chloramphenicol, an antibiotic that is harmful to human health, or otherwise adulterated with commercial sugar. This is because the demand for honey in the US is bigger than the supply, and some large honey sellers import this honey from China and other countries, in violation of the food and drug laws and import regulations. Some such honey even contains lead. Even buying at farmers' markets could be problematic, as I am aware of vendors who sell honey under their own labels that is not their own. What's the solution? Produce your own honey, or buy from someone you know and trust. Hopefully that includes us.
Notes: 1. In some cases raw honey can make allergy problems worse. 2. Raw honey may contain botulism spores which do not harm adults but may harm infants.
Western Colorado Honey farmer Paul Limbach. Some of the supers in storage at his farm.
PROCESSING IS OVER FOR 2014. WE PROCESS HONEY HERE! You can let us process your honey or sell us your honey frames which we will process and resell at our market. It is done in our commercial kitchen, which is required for selling honey in the State of Colorado.
$.75/lb with $25
minimum and we keep the cappings.
Anytime we are open during August and September. See homepage for current hours. We will call or email you when ready for pickup. PROCESSING IS OVER FOR 2014.
5. Processed honey not picked up more then one week after we contact you to pickup may be sold and the money held for you (i.e. $2.50/lb); equipment may be disposed of (or reused by some needy beekeeper).
The first step is "uncapping" to remove the wax caps. The next step is spinning in the centrifuge.
And out comes the liquid gold, that flows through a strainer to separate the wax.
Denver Urban Homesteading
200 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80223
Quick list of plants that Honey Bees love
Bees pollinate 3-5 miles from their hive
A 4’x4’ area is a good size to help bees find the food you are growing for them
There are many plants available that are great choices for your garden and are easy ways to help honey bees regain their numbers