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Join us for our
Annual Picnic
Saturday July 18, 2015

Washington County Fairgrounds

392 Old Schuylerville Rd., Greenwich, NY 12834

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10:00 am   Welcome by President Mark Berninghausen

10:15 am   Dr. Jack Rath—“Wintering the Betterbee Way”

11:15 am   General membership meeting

12:00 pm   Potluck lunch- Limited quantity of roast chicken, drinks, and locally made honey ice cream will be available, $7 suggested donation.

1:00 pm   Alan Tremblay “Canadian Hive Wraps”

1:45 pm   John Gibbs—“Indoor Wintering”

2:30 pm   Paul Cappy—”Cheap Insulated Winter Cover”

Open house at Betterbee just a couple miles down the road from the fairgrounds (9-4 pm).   Call in your orders ahead of time for pickup.

Our Speakers:

Dr. Jack Rathis a northern queen breeder, veterinarian, and co-owner of Betterbee. He has been keeping bees since he mail ordered this first hive in1968 from Montgomery Ward.

Alan Tremblayis a beekeeper in the Southern Tier, and is a neighbor beekeeper to Joe Rowland. Allen originally comes from Canada, where he was a commercial beekeeper producing clover honey. He kept at least 1000 colonies of bees, and he was very good at wintering them in Canada. He uses the system he developed to winter his colonies in NY. The honey he produces in NY is sold at the NYC Green Markets. He has a very successful second career owning his own business as a tax consultant. This includes preparing the yearly federal and state tax returns for his clients.

John Gibbs caught his first swarm in 1983 and it was love at first sight. He just couldn't leave them alone. Through the years it got worse, he kept adding more and more hives and he’s still loving it. But with every winter came such a disappointment. In 2006 they were thinking about the next five year plan. The cost in fuel, or trucking, to go south had been kicked around. They started really thinking about inside wintering so he built a building to just for this. He says it is a lot easier then you may think. Today they can winter 3000 hives. This building enables them to send bees to California, a big plus for the business. It worked out for them, but yes, there is more to it then these words.

Paul Cappy is head apiculturist for the NY Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Plant Industry.



Fall Meeting Honey Show

ESHPA Fall Meeting Honey Contest Rules

 Honey Show Competition is held at the Fall Meeting

 Stay tuned here for a new 2015 MEAD contest!

The Empire State Honey Producers Association is pleased to announce its honey show competition. In an effort to stimulate interest and participation in the fall meeting and the honey show, blue ribbons will be awarded to first place winners along with a prize; second place winners will receive a red ribbon and a prize. And to really make entering worthwhile, a $200 cash prize will be awarded for the best of show and $100 cash prizes to all first place winners. Additionally, each person entering the show will be awarded points as follows: ten points for all first prize entries, six points for all second prize entries and three points for all other entries. The person awarded the most points will also receive a $50 cash prize.

The 2015 show will feature four classes of liquid extracted honey: light, light amber, amber and dark. There will also be three classes of beeswax: a one-pound block, molded taper candles and dipped taper candles. If interest and demand are great enough, more classes —such as creamed and comb honey could be added next year.

So here is the deal for the four liquid extracted classes:

  • Three samples should be entered for each color class. Don't worry about matching Pfund grade specifications. The judge will determine the class. However, if you plan to enter more than one color class, enter a significant difference in colors.
  • Submit three samples per class in one-pound queenline or similar style jars.
  • There shall be no labeling on the jar; however, a twenty dollar bill taped to the bottom will be allowed.
  • Plastic or metal lids may be used.
  • Judging criteria: samples will be judged on the following: 1) moisture content (density); entries over 18.6% moisture will be disqualified, 2) absence of crystals, 3) cleanliness (absence of dirt, wax, foam, lint or air bubbles) 4) flavor (lack of off flavor such as burned, fermented) 5) container appearance ( glass, lid flaws)  6) accuracy/ uniformity of filling.

And here is the deal on the three beeswax classes:

  • For the block of beeswax class, a single one-pound cake of natural beeswax shall be submitted.
  • For the two beeswax candle classes. a pair of each shall be submitted. The drip end of the dipped candles should be left intact and wick between the two candles shall not be cut.  Again, no identifying markings are allowed on the beeswax products. It is recommended that all beeswax entries be submitted in a clear plastic wrap that can be easily removed for judging.
  • Judging criteria: the samples will be judged on: 1) cleanliness 2) aroma 3) uniformity of  appearance 4) cracks and shrinkage.

Entries will be accepted at the fall meeting until noon on Friday, the day of the show. Samples may be submitted in person or by a trusted friend. All submissions must be the product of the entrant and produced in New York state. There is no entry fee; however, all entrants must be current members of the Empire State Honey Producers Association. This would include those paying dues on the day of the show. Awards will be given at the banquet Friday evening. All submissions will remain on display until after the banquet. After that the submissions should be retrieved. After 11 AM Saturday morning any unclaimed samples will become the property of ESHPA.

Comments and suggestions for improving the honey show will be greatly appreciated. Please submit them to any Association board member.


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Fall Meeting and Conference


Date: November ??, 2015

Location: Embassy Suites Syracuse  (same location as 2014)


6646 Old Collamer Road South,  East Syracuse,  New York,  13057




*Two full days of speakers

Featuring the business of beekeeping and the latest in research results.

*Gourmet Banquet

*Live Auction

*Honey show with cash prizes!


2014 Information:  (stay tuned for updates)

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