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Greetings from the President

I’m extremely late in writing this month. I contacted Alex a couple of days ago, hoping he had gone on without the president’s message. No such luck, actually, at the time he was off at a funeral. He informed me that he would be back in a couple of days and if I had it done then, that would be fine. Alex and I had a discussion about getting the Buzz back on schedule; I assured him that I would get it in gear and he would have my report on time and hoped we could get this next issue out to be back on schedule for August. I received a call the other day from a member who seemed very upset that he had just received his June issue and it was already July. The person introduced himself and described where he was from but the name somehow escaped me by the end of the conversation. I don’t think I handled the complaint very well because the call ended with a click and a dial tone from the other end. I was a little put off by the way they presented their problem but they are a member of our association and they have a legitimate complaint. Anyway, if that person ever sees me at an IHPA event such as the Annual Meeting, Field Day or working at the State Fair sales booth with other volunteers, I would welcome a conversation and a handshake.

 

I hope many of you have picked out a few shifts to work at the IHPA sales booth at the fair. As long as we are talking about the fair, it is not too late to get a couple of entries ready for the fair. Like I said before I will supply each observation hive entry that is placed, a replacement queen or nuc . Andy Joseph and I talked about giving a 2012 IHPA 100th Anniversary stainless steel hive tool to every entrant but I’m just not sure we should have to bribe to get entrants. I guess the other side to that is maybe it would be a nice reward to those who take the time and effort to participate. Bottom line, we never went further with that idea and we would want board approval to invest that amount of money. It is possible that this idea could still come to fruition. Oh yah that word just seemed like it had to be there, I’m pretty sure it means “it could still happen”. Please enter just in case I wouldn’t want you to be left out. By the way you just may take home a Blue Ribbon or at least a ribbon of some color along with some personal satisfaction.

 

One more thing I should mention about the fair, just another reason to sign up for a shift so you can be involved in all the excitement, I have been in discussion with a Hollywood studio that will be filming at the fair and I think we may be able to have the celebrity guest selling our honey lemonade at the booth.

 

How have your bees done so far? Mine have finally come around and have been on a major flow. The hot weather makes all the difference. Basswood has hit very well in some areas and the clover flow seems to be going in most all of my locations. It seems to be fairly a slow flow and bees don’t draw foundation as well then but they are still drawing it. Drawn comb is always better and I have advised a few people who called not to put on foundation this late because the bees hate to use the energy and resources to build the wax. It that is all you have it’s better to get it out there though and they may fill all available cells before drawing the new comb but who knows how long the heat and forage will last. It would probably be helpful to know the month of July is nearly a third gone as I’m writing this, helpful for you but embarrassing for myself and Alex because we could do much better. I guess I better be wrapping this up because the deadline for the next Buzz is just days away so I had better get busy on it.

 

Work Hard,

Curt Bronnenberg

 

 

 

HONEY - HEALTHY GRAIN - SUNFLOWER SEED BREAD

Printed from COOKS.COM

This bread machine recipe is delicious and one of my favorites.

FOR 1-POUND LOAF:

3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cup white bread flour
1/4 cup wheat bread flour
2 teaspoons dry milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup carrots (chopped or grated)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup bran flakes
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 teaspoon yeast (fast rise) -OR-
2 teaspoons yeast (active dry)

 

FOR 1 1/2-POUND LOAF:

1 1/4 cup water
2 cups white bread flour
3/4 cup wheat bread flour
1 tablespoon dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup carrots (chopped or grated)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup bran flakes
2 tablespoons wheat germ
2 teaspoons yeast (fast rise) -OR-
3 teaspoons yeast (active dry)

Add ingredients to your Bread Machine pan in the order given. If using the time bake cycle, skip the carrots.

This recipe can be used with the regular, rapid, or delayed time bake cycles.

Yield: 1 loaf