There’s a lot happening here on the grounds of the Steinhafels Corporate Center in Waukesha. Hundreds of orders processed daily, dozens of trucks coming and going, and more than 3,000 pounds of honey being produced.
Umm.. wait.. huh?! Honey? This is a furniture blog, right?!
It is, but at Steinhafels we value being a part of the community, and reaching out beyond the doors of the stores.
So when Indian Summer Honey Farm in Germantown asked us if we’d like to house a few bee hives on our campus in an effort to help grow the local honey bee population we said sure! After all, we are lucky to sit on a beautifully vast piece of land–it seemed to be the least we could do.
Well, just a few months later, beekeepers at Indian Summer are getting the chance to harvest the fruits of the bees’ labor… all 2.4 million of them!!! (Remember how I said 3,000+ pounds of honey? That takes a lot of bees!)
Here’s how the numbers break down:
-40 hives with 60,000+ bees in each.
-160 boxes, equaling anywhere from 3 to 4,000 pounds of honey!
So what’s going to happen to all of that delicious nectar? Caleb Werner with Indian Summer explains, “We will extract the honey and sell the majority of it wholesale to either Sprecher or one of our other accounts. We also have a small store that we sell honey from at our farm.”
And even though we love hanging out with our buzzing buddies… they can’t endure the Wisconsin winter in their present hives. They will remain here for another month as the crew prepares them for their winter getaway–Florida! Caleb and his crew will treat them for mites, and make sure that they are healthy and ready to head south. What a bunch of lucky bees!
I can write all about what it was like to watch the workers pull the honey from the hives, but it’s much more exciting to SEE it. Check out a video of the process.
And stay tuned to our blog for more unexpected adventures–from bees to bookcases–we got you covered!