Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sugar Pie Honey Bunch

Today Jim inspected the new bees to see if they are healthy and making honey. The supers by the pond have lazy bees..so far they've just been luxuriating in their new homes.

It's another story at the scrapyard by the barn, where a super was put "temporarily". As you can see, those bees know that they are not living at water-side resort, but in a honey factory in a working-class neighborhood. The bees have started making honey, but for some reason were working to make new comb instead of depositing their labors into the cells provided for them. Jim scraped off the comb to discourage this (we want the bees to spend their energy in making enough honey for them AND us), and re-arranged the frames in the supers. Hopefully the bees will like this situation.

For reasons unknown to modern man, the lyrics "sugar pie honey bunch", sung by the Temptations, ran through my mind as I was photographing the inspection. I am not a baker, especially pies, so I had to look up a recipe for honey pies. They all looked too gooey to me, and since I have an orchard I decided to share an apple pie recipe that uses honey from food.com.

I haven't tested the recipe and cannot vouch for it, but it looks good!

Marcheta  *can't help myself

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