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Douglas Farm is in the news again :)

Posted by douglasfarm on November 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM Comments comments (0)

An article on our local beekeeping. Also mentioned is Tom Stephans, who gets his bees from us. :)

Bernardsville News Article

Raw Honey, Organic Honey, Chemical Free...

Posted by douglasfarm on April 9, 2010 at 9:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Revisiting the distiction of Organic Honey.

 

If a goverment certifies its country's honey as Organic, the USDA allows it to show the label USDA Organic when sold in the US.

 

Do they follow the exact same rules for certification, NO.

 

The honey produced in NJ will never be organic because the government officials of NJ want the hives to be atleast 4 miles from: sewar plants, golf courses, industrial facilities, or any residential home that ...

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Honey can be Vegan

Posted by douglasfarm on February 2, 2010 at 11:32 AM Comments comments (0)

From a letter to a friend about the Vegan honey debate,

Our honey is raw, I never have it hotter than the normal temperature range inside a hive. I normally extract honey on warm summer days so it flows without needing to be heated. I also sell other products like comb honey, which is about as raw as you can get.

It is my feeling, that my beekeeping practice of putting the bee first makes my honey vegan:

My primary goal is to make more bees and to keep them alive. So if...

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Insurers Sued for $1 Billion for Allegedly Enabling 'Dumping' of Food Products From China

Posted by douglasfarm on February 1, 2010 at 12:26 AM Comments comments (0)

"What do fresh garlic, crawfish meat, canned mushrooms and honey have in common? A $1 billion lawsuit by their domestic producers against major insurance companies for enabling the "dumping" of competing food products from China.

The domestic producers, represented by the Washington, D.C., office of New York's Kelley Drye & Warren and by Washington's Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg, filed the class action in the U.S. Court of International Trade, charging that the insurance compa...

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Hanukkah Honey Indulgence

Posted by douglasfarm on December 16, 2009 at 9:06 AM Comments comments (0)

One favorite Hanukkah indulgence is the fried honey puff. These sugared balls of fried dough are popular at Sephardic Hanukkah celebrations and are an excellent treat to add to the menu for the last nights of the holiday. A batter prepared with yeast gives the pastry a light and airy texture, very similar to a doughnut when fried. However, it is the honey coating that gives these puffs their exclusive flavor. A glaze made of honey, lemon juice and sugar ice the puffs just after frying, sealin...

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Outlook not so sweet for honey giant

Posted by douglasfarm on December 16, 2009 at 9:01 AM Comments comments (0)

"AUSTRALIA'S biggest commercial honey group, Capilano Honey, has warned it will lose about $2 million in the first half of the financial year, a slide back into the red that could jeopardise its attempts to meet a $10 million debt deadline in March.

Capilano, close to launching a rights issue, said yesterday that worsening exchange rates for exporters and shrinking honey supplies due to drought were to blame.

''International conditions for supply of raw honey remain unpredictable,...

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Bill goes after fake honey peddlers

Posted by douglasfarm on December 16, 2009 at 8:57 AM Comments comments (0)

"Consumers stung by falsely labeled honey would get new protections under a bill introduced in the Legislature last week.

The WI state's beekeepers say the proposal would help smoke out supposed "honey" products that actually contain corn syrup or even dangerous antibiotics.

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Currently, there's no federal or state standard for what constitutes honey. The bill would provide one by adopting a definition of honey set by a joint commission of the United Nations and the World ...

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2008 to 2009 honeybee death rate rises around the world

Posted by anonymous on May 4, 2009 at 3:52 PM Comments comments (0)

A dark clowd decents upon the beekeeping industry, but this isn't a new swarm blocking out the sun as they search out a new home, this is death and absence.

 

The results from the NJ beekeepers winter loss survey indicates the death rate has doubled during the winter of 2008 when compared to the winter of 2007.

 

The Death toll rises in the EU. Pesident of Apimondia, Gilles Ratia states "with this level of mortality, European beekeepers can only survive anoth...

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Throw a Green Dinner Party! & Love Your Skin

Posted by douglasfarm on April 21, 2009 at 11:58 AM Comments comments (0)

Throw a Green Dinner Party!

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/04/15/earlyshow/living/recipes/main4946088.shtml

"Katie prepared a minted pea soup, fresh mushroom and asparagus springtime pasta, and mini-cheesecakes drizzled with honey.

But when throwing a green dinner party, the food is only half the battle.

There's frequently lots of waste at di...

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Sharing a Taste of Honey, on an International Scale

Posted by douglasfarm on February 13, 2009 at 6:21 PM Comments comments (0)

By GERRI HIRSHEY

Published: November 28, 2008

 

A tasting flight of global honeys is a rare and luxurious indulgence. I sit poised to enjoy like a rich, greedy pasha, unscrewing exotic-looking jars full of liquid amber, a fistful of teaspoons at the ready. Sipping as advised from a palate-cleansing glass of water, ...

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American Airlines redesigns amenity kits for customers in First and Business Classes

Posted by douglasfarm on February 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

American Airlines (NYSE:AMR) has announced that it has made changes to its on-board amenity kits for passengers travelling in First Class and Business Class on the airline's International Flagship Service.

 

 

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