Who would have thought that starting a Massachusetts Farm Winery would be so much work?!  What seemed like a simple dream nine months ago has turned into a true obsession!  It all started by driving by the space for rent at 3 Short Street here in historic Ipswich, MA.  I had been thinking of starting a meadery for several years, but was going to do so out of my garage.  We looked at the space, and had to make a quick decision - is this the spot for us?  Do we want to make "the jump"?  After several industry leaders recommended to us that we would benefit from having a tasting room, the decision was a resounding YES!  So, after months of work we are finally close to opening, and the original concept of the space has been realized!  Come visit in April and see the finished product... and have a taste or two!  And fall in love with mead!  We did!

 

 

We received the majority of wood for the tasting room from a collaspsed barn in Mexico, Maine.  A day trip to rescue the wood was required, and we came back with a load of beams, doors and siding (and hopefully no termites!)

Back in 2006 bee keepers in the USA first began to report of what is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Whole hives where being wipes out. The cause, although researched heavily, has not yet been determined. Perhaps caused by increased exposure to insecticides and pesticides , invasive parasites, or bee specific virus or a combination of threats, the concern about populations of bees disappearing is alarming.

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For an average sized batch of 1634 Meadery mead, say 150 gallons, it takes 36 GALLONS or 430 lbs of honey! How many bees is that? Since each honey bee is capable making about 1.5 teaspoons of honey over the course of its lifetime, that would be 6,720 bees required to produce a gallon of honey! Times that by 36 and you get a whole lotta bees!