Notes from the Honey House

Swarms and the City April 17 2018

Every spring, there's something in the air.  Birds build nests, squirrels chase each other through the trees, and, yes, the bees are getting busy too. For honey bees, swarms are the reproductive stage of a colony's life cycle.

2018 Farmers Markets March 18 2018

Rainy Day Bees will be at three farmers market this year. We hope to see you there!

We're expanding - and hiring! March 18 2018

Job posting for a 2018 Farmers Market Sales Associate.

Holiday Update November 22 2017

Solve your holiday gifting woes and treat your friends and family with raw honey and handmade beeswax candles. As I smell the sweet scent of beeswax candles and sip my tea with honey, I'm excited to share with you our new products.

We are glad to offer free local delivery (within 30 minutes of Seattle). Order between now and November 30th with the code "LocalDelivery" and your order will be hand delivered by December 8th, complete with our new holiday gift packaging for many products.


Holiday Markets

Many of you have asked where to find us in the off-season. Besides online you can find us at these upcoming holiday markets:

  • Saturday, November 25th on Small Business Saturday at the Broadway Holiday Pop-Up Market from 10am-3pm hosted by Blanton Turner and Seattle Made
    • Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 2-3 at the Phinney Winter Craft Fair from 10am-5pm.
  • Saturday, December 2nd in Room Board at University Village from 11am-4pm.
    • Another Seattle Made collaboration.
    • 2675 NE University Village St.


Hive Hosting

We have chosen our neighborhoods for 2018 and may be looking for a couple new backyards. The 2018 neighborhoods are: Broadview, Lake City (includes Victory Heights & Pinehurst), Richmond Highlands and Ridgecrest. We are also seeking interest in Greenwood, Lake Forest Park and Maple Leaf, as well as properties with greater than an acre outside those areas. If you are one of the many people who contacted us this summer interested in being a hive host, please email us with your:  Neighborhood, Phone number, Address, Number of hives you are comfortable hosting (2-4), and a photo of a potential location in your yard (recommendations available on our website).


Backyard Beekeeping Classes

Sign-ups are live for our 2018 Backyard Beekeeping Classes. Learn from Peter directly with small class sizes and hands-on learning. Classes make great presents!
We have also opened up pre-orders for early Spring Nucleus hives (mini hives) for anyone looking to purchase bees for Spring 2018.

Mid-Summer Update July 16 2017

I thought it was finally time to post an update! Where are we? What are we up to? How are the bees? We love answering all of your questions at the Farmer's Markets.

This year is our first year with Peter full-time beekeeping and we are running about 70 hives in 30 different locations at this point in the year. Unfortunately, due to the wet spring, our honey production has been very slow. We have harvested honey from Victory Heights and Ridgecrest, and are about to harvest honey from Pinehurst and Broadview.

We can be found every Saturday at the Shoreline Farmers Market, and sporadic Thursdays at the Lake City Farmers Market. Check our Facebook page for updates on when we are at Lake City.

We also have been working on a few new products including beeswax candles and a beeswax and oil wood conditioning cream for cutting boards and wooden spoons. We'll post more about all of that soon!

As always, thanks for supporting local bees.

And here's a sneak peek at our new Beeswax Wood Butter:

Beeswax Wood Butter

Find Your Backyard Honey July 26 2016

It's been great seeing so many of you at the Shoreline Farmers Market these last few weeks. We are at the Shoreline Farmers Market every other week, and will also be at the Lake City Farmers Market every other week starting in August. The bees are busily making more honey!

Shoreline Farmers Market - Saturdays, 10am-3pm

Featuring Richmond Highlands Honey

August 6th

August 20th

September 3rd

September 17th

October 1st

October 8th


Lake City Farmers Market - Thursdays, 3-7pm

Featuring Pinehurst & Victory Heights Honey

August 4th

August 18th

September 1st

September 15th

September 29th


Shoreline Farmers Market

To Market We Go! July 17 2015 1 Comment

As we have been prepping for the Shoreline Farmers Market this Saturday (July 18th), we were reminded of the week before our first market last year. Last summer we were still finishing up our logo/label when everything fell in place for us to start selling at the market - in exactly a week! At that point we didn't have a finished label, postcards, market supplies (canopy, handwashing station, etc.). Even though it's not nearly as crazy as last year, the week before a market always seems to be particularly busy for us. Since we're producing raw, local honey, we have to wait for the bees to make the product - and sometimes that's later than we'd like!

What does a week before the market look like? Or at least, what did this week look like?

Saturday (7 days to go) - Inspect hives in Shoreline to see if there is honey to harvest. Thankfully, the bees had been busy! At this point we put on a bee escape (a one-way maze) so the bees will leave the honey supers (boxes) naturally, without having to use any chemicals. Inspect Greenwood hives, decide there is not enough to harvest...yet.

Monday (5 days to go) - Remove the honey supers from the Shoreline hives. Bottle 40lbs of Fremont Honey, and pour 40lbs more Fremont honey into the bottler.

Tuesday (4 days to go) - Waiting day as the honey settles in the bottler, and air bubbles rise to the top. This helps the honey be nice and clear when bottled.

Wednesday (3 days to go) - Extract 46lbs of Shoreline honey and bottle another 20lbs of Fremont.

Thursday (2 days to go) - Pour Shoreline honey into the bottler first thing in the morning...and wait for it to settle. Label bottled Fremont honey.

Friday (1 day to go) - Finish labeling Fremont honey, and bottle and label Shoreline honey...and go to sleep when finally finished! Oh, and finish and print newly redesigned postcards and business cards.

What does this schedule mean when you both work full-time? A week full of sticky evenings.

I also worked on another project for the market this week in between the bottling - here's a sneak peek!

Cranberry, Blueberry & Honey Popsicles - Oh My! June 28 2015

With temperatures in the 90's today, after attempting to work in the garden the one thing on my mind was GETTING COOL. So I pulled out the 'ol popsicle molds and stood with the fridge door open too long to get some inspiration. The result was amazing. And the best part? All of the ingredients are from companies we love, and you can buy all of the ingredients yourself at the Shoreline Farmer's Market.


Here's what you'll need:

  • Rainy Day Bees honey (of course)
    • Raw local honey - what could be better?
  • Starvation Alley Farms cranberry juice
    • Peter and I have fallen in love with cranberries in our smoothies, and Starvation Alley is the first organic cranberry producer in Washington.
  • Smith Brothers Farms Milk
    • All other milk pales in comparison (no really, we can't make ourselves drink other milk).
  • Frozen blueberries
    • We picked these blueberries at Cottage Gardens Blueberry Farm in Duvall, which has 7 ft tall heirloom blueberry bush-trees. We highly recommend them for Seattle-area u-pick.


    Ok - I'll stop with the love fest now and give you the recipe! It's very simple:

    • 2 cups frozen blueberries
    • 2 tablespoons raw honey (or more...)
    • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
    • 1 cup milk



    Put all the ingredients into the blender. Yep, it's that easy. At this point I was incredibly tempted to just drink the mixture. That is fully an option, because this is a tasty smoothie in its own right.


    But if you have the patience, poor the mixture into a popsicle mold, stick it in the freezer and wait for at least 4 hours. This made just the right amount for my 6-popsicle mold.






    Here's the final product, in it's tart, sweet and tasty glory. Farmer Pete noted that while the above amount of sweetness was perfect when drinking the recipe as a smoothie, he would add another tablespoon of honey to the popsicles. So - you choose for you!


    You may wonder where Peter was in the midst of this? He was in the heat harvesting over 100 lbs of honey. In this heat the honey runs very easily out of the extractor, so we (and by we, I completely mean Peter, since I collapsed in the basement) are taking advantage of the hot weather and getting product ready for our next market on July 18th.