The Willows Bed & Breakfast
53 Travis Road - Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Bees & Fruit

There is a mixed bag of news to tell you. 

The good news is today I installed two bee NUC's so we have honeybees back in our yard and gardens again!  They are being fed a 1 to 1 simple syrup and I have hive reducers on each of the entrances. It is early to tell, but they seem like they have settled in nicely.

The bad news is it looks like a lean year for tree fruit and hardy kiwis at the B&B this year.  The combination of late pruning and those late killer frosts have taken their toll.  As they say, wait till next year!

Soapmaking - Soap For Guests

A usual winter time activity at the Willows Bed & Breakfast, soap making was done last week.  What can I say I'm a little behind!  This soap is a floral scented soap that contains beef tallow, olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, wheat germ oil and added glycerin.  The smaller bars in the foreground are complimentary bars in each of our guestrooms.  The larger bars are for sale in the cupboard in the dining room. 

Apple Wood Smoked Bacon

I've just finished slicing and portioning out a home made Apple wood bacon.  I started with a local pork belly purchased at Adams Fairacre Farms.  I then did a three day brine using local Apple cider, molasses, brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, and water.  I then cold smoked the bacon for five hours using trimmings from our heirloom apple orchard that I had run through our chipper and dried.

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