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Beehives In Port? You Bet

Dodge House honeybees visiting local gardens.

That busy bee working in your garden may have just flown over from it's honeybee apiary condo located at Port's historic landmark  situated at the tip of Mill Pond. Now that it's spring and temperatures are above 50 degrees, worker bees are active and flying in a three mile radius around town collecting pollen and nectar to bring back to their hive.  

For the past seven years Ross Ber, an eighth generation beekeeper, has been maintaining hives of domesticated honeybees near the operational antique farm where organic vegatables are grown. According to Ber his Berzbeez hives produced an amazing 350 pounds of honey last season. Once he collects the honey from the site it's used exclusively for private label "Dodge House Honey" that is sold at the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society county fair that takes place each September.  

Learn more about the Thomas Dodge House and Berzbeez

Marla Freeman April 09, 2012 at 09:08 PM
This happens to be delicious honey too!
Adina Genn (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Sounds like it, look forward to trying it!
George Mulligan April 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM
I am always in awe at the amount of bees in my yard in spring and summer. They have never been hostile to me, even when I find it necsssary to trim the shrubs. Nature is so magnificent. We humans will come and go, but the natural cycle of life will go on. For the sake of my grandchildren and their offspring. I hope it goes on for hundreds of years to come.
Wendy Heppt April 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Interesting port factoid...our town has everything
Greg Danilek April 10, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Maybe while you are identifying yourself you could explain how it is disrespectful to use fundraising ideas as ancient as selling honey. Imagine that - the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, a 100% volunteer organization, wishes to raise money in order to open up two important house museums to teach our children how our ancestors lived and what our history and culture is all about.
JC April 10, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Some people say eating local honey can help with pollen allergies. Since the bee pollinate locally the honey you take into your body may give you a resistance. Its almost like getting a natural allergy shot. Its too bad it isnt sold till september as you would need to eat over time to build up a resistance.
Adina Genn (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
JC, some swear by bee pollen pills to help alleviate allergies, and I found to my surprise it worked. Hadn't thought about honey, though that would also make sense.
Ann W. Latner April 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
For those who are interested in buying the honey -- It is sold at the Cow New Peninsula Historical Society's (CNPHS) Fall Fair at the Sands-Willets house. It's often sold at other CNPHS events as well. For more info, you can visit the CNPHS website at http://www.cowneck.org/
Adina Genn (Editor) April 10, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Good to know, thanks Ann!
R Miller April 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM
Well I think it is a good thing. I am just amazed by the fact that over 350 Lb of honey is produced for such a small operation. Good things.
Greg Danilek April 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Hate, hate, hate ... rant, rant, rant. Honest opinions taking shots again at a volunteer organization that spends its time and money keeping up two house museums so that Port Washington has a place to teach its residents about its history and culture. Why don't you identify yourself and tell us why you have such a chip on your shoulder?
Jill Rader Levine April 11, 2012 at 05:00 PM
The beekeeper reported that he visits the hives each week to collect the honey which encourages the bees to produce more. The worker bees become exhausted from their intensive work and have a short life expectancy. Last season there were 3 hives that produced 350 lbs. of honey. The number of hives is now down to 2 because the beekeeper feels it will be more productive. Take a peek as you drive by the Thomas Dodge House by Mill Pond - stand off to the side and not directly in the path of the honeybees returning to their hives.
Jill Rader Levine April 11, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Some sweet news! Dodge House Honey will be available on Saturday, May 12th from 1-5 PM when the Thomas Dodge House holds it's open house.

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