New member of staff gets close to the bees!

Sarah swapped the office for some beekeeping at one of our ‘Bee a Beekeeper’ taster sessions which takes place every day! Let’s see what she thought….   I started working at Quince Honey Farm about a month ago, and until then I’d never really been that close to bees before. I mean, they’ve never particularly bothered me, but I guess as with most people, I never actively sought out their company!   A brand-new activity we have for visitors to the farm is to ‘Bee a Beekeeper’. This is where you get suited up in full protective clothing and one of our beekeepers shows you a hive up close. They let you use the smoke blower and a hive tool to lift out the frames and get a good look at the bees at work. I thought it would be a great idea for me to take part in the activity so I could learn more about these interesting creatures and get a customer’s perspective about what happens here.   Wow! I can honestly say it was fascinating! I saw bees carrying in their pollen baskets, tiny eggs, larvae and broods, saw nectar in the cells and honey forming and even saw the queen! It was all shown to us by an experienced beekeeper who explains everything and is on hand to answer any questions we had.     If you are even a little bit interested in bees and the work they do, then you must have a go next time you visit us over the season. There’s a session on every day costing £12.50 and you can...

We are open for the season

We have been busy here at the honey farm all winter with getting things ready for the beekeeping season as well as ready for our lovely visitors at the farm!   We are fully open from Saturday 1st April for the season and we are looking forward to a busy season and teaching you all about bees and beekeeping! We have a new activity which is ‘Bee a Beekeeper’ – this is a 30 min taster session which gives you the chance to get dressed up in a beekeeping suit and get involved with looking through a hive and learning about beekeeping. This experience is new for this year and you can sign up for this on the day but we do have limited spaces avaliable. Price £12.50 Check out the daily activity timetable below to plan your visit over the Easter...

Beekeeping is starting soon!

We are looking forward to the beekeeping season to start in a couple of weeks. Have you ever wanted to give beekeeping a go? Or you are thinking of keeping bees yourself? Our experience days offers you a complete introduction to the craft, helping you to understand the whole process from start to finish. The course is perfect for anyone interested in bees or anyone who would love the chance to spend a day in the countryside learning about bees and getting a hands on beekeeping experience. A great introduction to beekeeping before committing to keeping bees yourself. If this sounds like a great idea for someone you know then we have gift vouchers available which will come in a presentation folder along with information sheets.   To find out any more info visit the beekeeping experience day page  ...

Cafe assistant

We have 3 job openings for cafe assistants to join our friendly cafe team. 2 part time positions for 3 days a week (inc 1 weekend day) 1 part time position for 4 days a week The kitchen can be very busy during peak season and during the quieter times there is work to do in other areas of the business, i.e. honey production. Previous experience in a busy kitchen or restaurant is beneficial, however training will be given. Duties will include some cooking, taking orders, serving food and drinks, clearing tables and cleaning down at the end of the day. Candidates must have excellent customer service skills with a flexible and enthusiastic approach to work.   Please apply with a CV and covering letter to ruby@quincehoneyfarm.co.uk        ...

Baking with honey! <3

Do you ever use honey in your baking?  Baking lover and friend of the honey farm Francesca has made a delicious honey tart, perfect for anyone who loves cakes & honey. For this recipe Francesca used our Clear Devon flower honey, and best of all she is going to share with us how she made it! If you love baking or just love cake (who doesn’t?) you may also want to check out her blog for more mouth-watering bakes! I’ll be straight up here – the only thing that makes this remotely Valentine’s related is the fact I put red rose petals all over the tart when I was finished. But hey, why not. Now we’ve got that out the way I have another confession to make – I am completely and utterly, truly hopeless at baking pastry. There, I said it. I have in the past been known to actually throw things across the kitchen when my pastry stuck to the worktop, or the edges burnt to a crisp in the oven. What I will say is I actually managed to combat both those things with this bake so it ended up looking a little bit less like a dog’s dinner. I won’t lie and say I’m completely happy with the presentation of this tart, but it’s an improvement from previous bakes and something to work on in future! Anyway, on to the bake. I have been wanting to bake something containing honey for a long time and I have had a recipe for a honey tart sat on my shelf for a while so I thought it...

Devonshire cream tea with honey!

Warm fresh scones, thick clotted cream and sweet strawberry jam, all make the perfect Devonshire cream tea! But, have you ever tried it with some Devon crushed honeycomb? Our Special Devonshire cream tea’s have an option of honey instead of strawberry jam and if you are a honey lover then it’s a must! You can choose from a selection of our honey’s to accompany your cuppa. – You may want to visit the tasting table in the shop first to decide which honey is your favourite (and of course it’s an excuse to eat more honey)!! Our Devonshire cream tea’s are just £4.95 The café is open weekends and Wednesdays as well as Tuesday and Friday afternoons. We are open daily from April...