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Washington Island Women’s Club


Washington Island Women’s Club April 21, 2015, I had the opportunity to speak to the Washington Island Women’s Club. The topic on the agenda was Sweet Mountain Farm. The club was interested in how Sweet Mountain Farm came to be and what we offer.  It was a lively discussion about honey, maple syrup, and honey bees.

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Bees Love Compost


Bees love compost. Bees use smell as well as the famous waggle dance to navigate a location.  Smell, warmth, consistency and convenience combine to attract honeybees. Smell It’s easier to follow a smell than to take the time to ask for directions to the cleanest watering hole. Honeybees are attracted to my pool water. Chlorine

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The Country Today Reports


The Country Today Reports on Sweet Mountain Farm Judy Brown, correspondent, The Country Today,  traveled to Washington Island last week to interview Sweet Mountain Farm for a feature story. It was a pleasure to talk about how our business has grown over the last few years.  The story focuses on major progress in our bee and honey

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How to Tap a Sugar Maple


How to Tap a Sugar Maple Some additional quick facts: 10-20 gallons sap/tree 40-42 gallons sap/gallon syrup Minimum tree diameter is 10″ or a 31″ circumference Tap 5/16″ , 4′ off ground, 15 degree angle,  2″ deep Finished syrup is 66% sugar Syrup is 7 degrees above the boiling point of water.  Boiling temperature changes

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Bee Friendly Chicago Millennium Park


Bee Friendly Chicago Millennium Park This photo was taken by my daughter Emily on our trip last Sunday to The Art Institute of Chicago. Imagine Emily spying a beehive as we cross the bridge into the heavily visited Millennium Park located in the heart of Chicago. The hive is not on a rooftop, it is

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