This weekend we ventured to Honeyfest and to a UPick, just a handful of miles apart, with plans to make applesauce, mead, and hard cider. We went, along side friends, to spend a good part of the day collecting..
Knowledge- those bees are pretty damn smart. After touring the honey barn, I'm not sure many could leave unimpressed by their division of labor and creation of something so benificial and pure.
Treasures- beeswax candles- Mama's favorite since they burn clean and don't have all those scents that leave headaches a brewing, 5lbs of honey for bottles of mead and cider, fudge, a handful of honey sticks, 1/2 bushel of apples, and a little cider to hold us over until the big guy heads back to the cider house with the carboy.
Moments- to ride horses and wish it were everyday, have faces painted (a bald eagle, please), and dine on foods all made with honey- pulled pork, honey tea, and honey coleslaw- quite, quite delish.
The ride home, quiet, with the little one napping, we in the front seat talked about one day when honey and apples would be found in our backyard. We have big plans for one day, but for now, these little weekend trips are lovely glimpses of what may be.