Bees of the Woods Apiary
Altamont, New York.
Welcome to Bees of the Woods Apiary & Mallard Pond Maple. We are a small part-time business located in Altamont, NY which focuses on raising bees without the use of pesticides or chemicals.
Besides our locally produced honey we also carry beeswax candles, biscuits, honey soap, and we're now a dealer in Naked Bee products including hand salve, lip balm, hand cream, and shampoo/conditioner made with honey & beeswax.
Mallard Pond Maple was established in 2012 and focuses on the maple syrup product line of our business. While we currently only carry a limited supply of maple syrup, we will be expanding our product line in the future in hopes of producing maple sugar candy and other maple syrup related products.
Update: March 27, 2014
It's maple season! Mallard Pond Maple started putting in taps on February 23rd. Unfortunately for the sap it's been very cold. We've collected a little sap and made a few gallons of syrup but it's been a slow start to the season. Hopefully this weekend will kick things into gear and lead to a few gallons of that golden deliciousness. Check out our maple products page for syrup that is currently available.
Update: February 11, 2014
It's been a cold winter, wouldn't you say? Our bees have been busy eating the honey they stored throughout the summer. So far our apiary has done well this winter with minimal losses but there is still a month and a half left before the bees can venture out to find sources of nectar this spring.
Bees of the Woods has been very busy bottling our local raw honey. We are running low on our supply of honey so we have secured local raw honey from another source that cares for their bees (and honey) similarly to the way we do. The honey is just as good as ours so we think you'll be pleased.
The maple side of our business has us busy as well. We have been out checking our lines as well as installing two new lines for the 2014 season. This will increase our tap count to over 275 taps! We have added a new filter press to help speed up the process of filtering our maple syrup and we are hoping to have our reverse osmosis system up and running to remove half of the water from the sap prior to boiling. We are watching the weather closely and are waiting for the right moment to put our taps in for the 2014 season. Remember, the best temperatures for sap to run are nights in the 20's and days in the 40's. Our average start date for tapping trees is February 15th. It's looking like this year will be delayed a little.
We also have a selection of maple syrup, honey, and beeswax candles at Duck Pond Farm at the corner of 158 & 20 in Guilderland!
Thank you again for your support!