TURTLEBEE SPRING 2013
April 8, 2013
For those of you who may or may not have been aware, our son, Corbett (now 14 yrs old) was in the hospital twice last year with a ruptured appendix, April and again the end of August. At the time of each incident, surgery was considered too risky. It was finally scheduled for Nov. 1st but cancelled by the surgeon’s office the day before, due to complications with the insurance coverage. We found out that emergencies were covered out of network but pre-arranged surgeries were not. Since it was Ypsilanti, we were ‘out’ not ‘in’. Hmmm…
After a bit of “whiplash”, we began the pursuit of new doctors and hospital. We finally had an appointment scheduled for May 2nd, however, the appendix didn’t get that memo. ;)
We’d had a 36hr flu going through some of our family members last week so when Corbett ended up with his body buried in the couch cushions all Friday afternoon (4/5) , we really were not considering appendicitis. About midnight Saturday (4/6), we called a family prayer meeting for wisdom and direction. Quite honestly, the thought in the back of our minds was that if this is merely the flu, we will walk out of the ER with a pretty hefty bill for just having the flu. However, by 1am we were heading to Ypsi. By 4am his pain level was off the charts. Morphine was on the way and another CAT Scan was unavoidable.
With the pain under control & scan results back, we were offered an operating room in less than an hour. A quick look into each other’s eyes, God spoke unanimously to us, the same answer, a resounding, “Yes!” and “Praise God for His timing.” There are so many other details that go beyond the odds of coincidence, but rather, His guiding light, one step at a time.
This surgery is often outpatient or one night stay at the most. Due to the sensitivity and inflammation of Corbett’s emergency surgery along with a small rupture, the healing process is taking a bit longer.
April 10, 2013
We are home. No spiking temperatures. Praise the Lord!
It will be at least 2 weeks before he can begin his normal kind of farm activities; chopping wood & maintaining the fire for his maple syrup will be over by then.
Beau (23) & Celeste (17) are pulling together & Destiny (11) is doing his best to fill in for Corby feeding the sheep & calves. He's been looking forward to putting in the garden with Hosanna & Celeste; it will only be light duty when he's able to be up. Incidentally, we celebrated Beau's birthday in the hospital April 9 this year and last. What an unlikely place to celebrate a birthday. Next year will be different, without a doubt.
Right now the work ahead is to manage the pain & nausea resulting from the surgery. Please continue to remember us in prayer. There is not nearly the anxiety as last year and we are remembering,
"All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Our God is ever faithful to His promises. We are blessed to be this side of the surgery.
Thank you for taking time to read through our family farm news and happenings. Do keep an eye on our calendar for upcoming events.
We so enjoy all the enthusiastic reviews coming back to us regarding our farm products.
We have a good supply of our PORK cuts; including all 5 varieties of our BACONS (Sliced, Pepper, Cottage, Canadian & Jowl) and Sausages (Breakfast & Italian/ bulk, links or patties).
NO MSG or Nitrates are added to any of our meats.
Remember Farm Fresh Brown EGGS!
We have a cooler at the roadside on Cohoctah Road with honey and eggs.
Quick stops are welcome. So come & get 'em!!!
Turtlebee and Honeytree Farms’ has 2 Locations:
- The Main Farm – 3415 E. Cohoctah Rd. Howell, MI 48855
- Turtlebee – 12258 Lovejoy Rd. Byron, MI 48418
Please direct all "Snail-Mail" correspondence to our Turtlebee address.
We kindly ask that you call or email ahead for the best day & location
to find us as we have no set hours;
We are filling orders 6 days a week. PLEASE CALL AHEAD.
No Sundays, please.
- GIFT CERTIFICATES
For any and all Turtlebee Farm products food or otherwise.
Available in any amount or specific gift (e.g. bees, pollination for the spring).
- HIVES & HONEY BEES
Looking forward to the new season ahead.
We are all 'abuzz' here at Turtlebee already and have been preparing for your package bees, hives and woodenware orders;
Our swarm prices will remain the same as in 2012 with an add-on cage cost of $6.00 with the total of $85.00 per 3 lb swarm.
Upon the return of your undamaged cage, you will receive back $4.00 of the $6.00 you put out.
Thanks to all of you who returned clean & empty swarm cages last year. We will continue to accept any and all help in returning undamaged cages. If you have any swarm cages, in good condition, from previous years, please send them our way. They can be dropped by either of our farm locations.
QUEENS will be available again throughout the summer.
- BEEKEEPING WORKSHOPS
These will be at the Main Farm
We are offering Beekeeping 101 workshops Friday, April 26th and Saturday April 27th (10am-12:15pm). Saturday is a repeat of Friday.
See our website calendar and click the links on the date for details.
- QUALITY MEATS
BEEF and PORK
Now is the time to put down your deposit for sides of pork; available mid-March. If there are particular CUTS of meat or particular QUANTITIES you’d like, please call OR email your order ahead.
Please see our ‘Quality Meats’ tab for a detailed list.
Supplies are limited so procrastination is not advised.
Prepare to stock up your freezers to ensure your own supply.
1 lb to 25 lb lots of 90% Lean Ground Beef are available in 1 lb & 2 lb tube-style packaging
at $5.25 to $5.75/lb.
CHICKEN & TURKEY
Once again Chickens were a complete SELL OUT for 2012. We will continue to harvest our chickens in June, September & November.
We do still have a good supply of Chicken Feet for those who know the food value of broth as a nutrient dense food.
Check it out for yourself...
Available at Turtlebee Farms @ $2.95/lb.
Gizzards, hearts & livers are also available separately in 1 lb packaging.
- Our RENEWABLE FARM SHARES (RFS) grow as we happily continue to offer our farm products and services at a savings to those who invest and enjoy our farm fresh, naturally produced foods. Please inquire for more details or find them on our ‘Quality Meat’ tab (pp 4-6). You’re going to want to hear more about how you can receive natural products from the farm through the ‘RFS’ program. It works for you and for us!
- HONEY (Raw & Unfiltered)
Keep the honey orders coming. It is our continued goal to fill as many orders as possible and in a timely fashion.
We will continue to offer a 15% discount off the shelf price when filling your own containers or honey refills up to the gallon size.
However, due to a difficult season for the honey bees and honey production 2012, we are limiting quantities of honey to quarts and smaller quantities, at this time. Our goal is that everyone have enough to make it to the next honey season and hope for better weather for the honey bees.
Please call ahead to see which farm location to come to.
Remember . . . Local Honey is BEST for Allergies & Asthma.
It really works! Chew Honeycomb for allergy relief!!
You can look up “Folk Medicine” by DC Jarvis, MD for more information on the uses of honey.
It’s easy & informative regarding allergies and locally produced, raw honey.
Looking for that ‘Special Something’??
Great for Stocking Stuffers too!
- Table Favors
- Hostess Gift
- or Incentives???
Mix & Match as you like & Have Fun with ‘em!
- 0.35 each
HONEY EXTRACTING EQUIPMENT
Hand Extractors ($256.00) & Electric Extractors w/stands (Inquire).
Electric Hot Knives ($95.00) & Cold Uncapping Knives ($32.00)
Uncapping tanks ($150.00)
Straining Pail Systems
5 Gallon Valve Pails
RENTAL of Extracting Equipment available for $45.00/ 3 days & $35.00 for Class Alumni.
“Service with a Smile” Not sure you want to do the extracting yourself or unable to find the time??
Extracted while you wait. We’ll extract your honey for you!
$2.00/frame. ($35.00 Minimum)
Please Inquire on any of these options.
We can help! (810) 266-4880
Honey Containers from 2 oz bears to 2 gallon pails also available for purchase.
100% PURE BEESWAX CANDLES
Another NATURAL way to combat ALLERGIES and asthma is to burn 100% Pure Beeswax Candles in the bedroom 3 hours before going to sleep for the night. Even allergists are giving viability to beeswax candles bringing those suffering with asthma out of their severe asthmatic conditions.
Paraffin candles are made from a petroleum base, filled with ingredients and chemicals which can cause smoke damage as well as difficult breathing due to high carbon emissions.
Our 100% Pure Beeswax Candles contain NO artificial ingredients, chemicals, or paraffin.
Pure beeswax candles, with their delightfully sweet fragrance, burn hotter, brighter, and longer than other wax without additives; they are smokeless and, for the most part, drip less. Beeswax is known to produce negative ions (nature's air purifiers), cleaning the air of pollens, dust, mold, bacteria, viruses, and other pollutants. These are the ONLY candles for anyone with chemical sensitivities or allergies.
We are pleased to be able to say that we make all of our own beeswax candles right here at Turtlebee Farms and have for a number of years. We strive high for INTEGRITY & PURITY.
We pour solid candles in naturals, greens & reds as well as wrap honeycomb sheet candles in an array of styles and colors. They all burn wonderfully!!
- SOLID CANDLES Burn Time: 10 hrs/inch
- 3”x 2 1/2” Bee Pillars @ $ 8.50
- 3”x 3 1/2” Pillars @ $ 10.00
- 3”x 4 1/2” Pillars @ $12.00
- 1 3/4”x 5” Sq Scored Pillar @ $ 9.00
- 6” Corn Candle @ $8.50
- Pears, Apples & Oranges @ $6.50 ea or 2/$12.00
- 10” Tapers with hand-fluted base Burn Time: 1 hr/inch
Colonial and Elegant Hex $4.50 ea or 2/$8.00
(Diameter x Height)
GARDENING INTERESTS . . .
POLLINATION & BEE REMOVAL:
Pollination contracts are available and also the removal of unwanted bees.
We will be loading Excellent, 100% Pure Farm Compost as the ground allows;
Very Clean; Rich in organic matter for amending poor soils;
Minimum $20 per pick up truck load or $10.00 a tractor bucket for larger trucks & trailers! Generally, a pick up truck holds 2 buckets.
Make your preparations for next year as well.
- Clean Egg Cartons
- Canning Jars.
- Bee Swarm Cages
We will gladly accept any and all help by returning undamaged cages in good condition. If you have any swarm cages from previous years, please send them our way. They can be returned to either of our farm locations.
Thanks to all of you for practicing your resourcefulness with us and thanks for all the GREAT support to RECYCLE!!
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God's Blessings on your 2013 Spring and Summer ahead!
Tim & Kathie Bennett & Family