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The winter season was difficult for everyone: snow that just kept piling up, icy sidewalks

and roads, and temperatures that seemed to


stubbornly stay below freezing. Winter was equally difficult for our bees. Cold temperatures mean that the clusters cant move
around as much inside their hives, so theres an increased chance that they might starve while being inches away from honey stores.
We prepared for the worst and ordered new packages from California
to replace any hives that didnt survive the winter. Unfortunately (or,
perhaps, fortunately), we had a few sites that did exceptionally well
over the winter and will be managing over 100 colonies this year. At
the peak of the summer, this will be roughly 5.5 million bees. Talk
about a lot of mouths to feed.
Weve installed our first few rounds of new hives, and the bees are
already busy bringing in loads of pale pollen from maples and willows.
There still isnt a lot of viable forage for the hungry bees, so weve
been providing sugar and pollen substitutes to help them along until
the dandelions start blooming.
Were looking forward to a very exciting season, warmer weather,
and a lot of delicious honey.
Spring is here! After a seemingly endless winter, the snow has finally melted and the grass is just starting to turn green. For us here at
Golden Hills, spring also means that its time for (a lot) of work - cleaning out equipment from hives that didnt survive the winter,
building new equipment for the bees, replacing damaged frames and boxes, and mixing up hundreds of gallons of syrup to help the
bees survive until things start blooming.
This isnt to imply, however, that we slowed down much over the past few months. We attended the national meeting of the Ameri-
can Beekeeping Federation in January and learned about different beekeeping practices throughout the country. We also had the op-
portunity to meet with some of the top entomologists and hear about their ongoing research.
We taught our annual Beekeeping for Beginners class in early February and have been visiting with a large number of local and state
beekeeping organizations. Weve even had the opportunity to give a few presentations about pest and disease management - its al-
ways exciting to see the growing interest in beekeeping and to help educate new beekeepers.
As always, were thankful to all of you for your support, prayers, and continued encouragement.
Sincerely,
Matthew LaForge
DEAR CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS:
APRIL 2014 VOLUME 5, ISSUE 1
SPRING IS THE TIME OF PLANS AND PROJECTS. - LEO TOLSTOY, ANNA KARENINA

THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE
Classic Glass
8 oz $4.00
1 pound $7.50
2 pounds $13.00

Honey Bears
2 oz clear bear $1.75
8 oz clear bear $4.00
8 oz opaque bear $4.00
12 oz clear bear $6.00
12 oz opaque bear $6.00
1.5 pound clear bear $10.00
2 pound opaque bear $12.00
Classic Plastic
8 oz $4.00
1 pound $7.50
2 pounds $13.00

Specialty and Gift Bottles
1 pound inverted squeeze $8.00
4 oz muth with cork $3.00
8 oz muth with cork $5.00
1 pound muth with cork $9.00
5.5 oz hex jar $3.00
9.5 oz hex jar $5.00
13.5 oz hex jar $7.00
Larger Quantities
Quart (2.75 pounds) $18.00
3 pound jug $18.00
5 pounds $28.00
6 pounds $32.00
2 gallons (~24 pounds) $80.00
5 gallons (~60 pounds) $185.00


Bruschetta with Honey and Goat Cheese
Drizzle thin slices of baguette with olive oil and toast in the oven until lightly browned. Rub
with a peeled clove of garlic until fragrant and glistening.
In a separate bowl, combine roughly chopped tomatoes, shredded basil, and a splash each of
balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
To assemble, spread a small amount of goat cheese onto each slice of bread and top with the
tomato mixture. Finish by drizzling with honey. Serve immediately.
matthew@goldenhillshoney.com
One of the farmers we work with has a gorgeous piece of land tucked between rolling hills
and covered with alfalfa and apple trees. The bees love it there. Dreamfarm also produces
fantastic organic goat cheese that pairs exceptionally well with honey. You can find their
products at the Willy Street Co-op and at the Westside Community Market. Be sure to try
out our honey-chevre bruschetta as well!
FROM THE KITCHEN
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HONEY
Golden Hills
PRODUCTS (2013 SEASON)
All of our honey is produced locally in southern Wisconsin
and is only gently filtered and never heated to preserve the
flavor and aroma of this natural product.