“See that one right there (by the blue dot) — that’s the queen bee — she’s got her tail down in the hole, and she’s laying an egg. In a big, working hive, she’ll lay 2,000 eggs a day. This is a small hive, this is her hive. She’s putting on a real good show, she must like to show off! (laughs)
I live in Economy Borough and have 30 hives. I’ve been a beekeeper, seriously, for about 25-30 years now. I sell honey at my door, self-serve; it’s all local honey. It works wonderful, I’ve had no problems.
Take the honey, and leave the money — that’s my motto!”
(Jim Hoffman teaches fair-goers all about honey production and the life of bees in the hive at the Big Knob fair. You can buy Jim’s honey from his self-serve shop, at home, at 424 Golden Grove Road in Baden)