From guest ranches to pick it yourself Strawberry Patches Agritourism is gaining popularity across the country--and even right here in North Dakota. Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you on a bee hive tour near Linton.
From the hives to getting the honey off the comb all the way to the shelf, A Touch of Honey is giving the public an up close look at the honey process.
"The whole process is interesting for me. What I like best is when we are harvesting," said Joaquin Llerenas, with A Touch of Honey
Llerenas' have been setting hives for decades. And now this Linton business wants to give others a full experience of the process. A Touch of Honey is the home to nearly 17-thousand hives in three different states and is now one of 6 new and expanded Agritourism Businesses in North Dakota.
"It's dawned on me that we have the whole gauntlet. We have the bees, we can show them the actual bees, we can show them the extraction process, we can show them here is where we pack it, here is what you see when it's done, and show them the gift shop here, the products that we produce," said Kristy Llerenas.
This will be a good way to promote the state a little more. People come to the state, maybe they we will want to see how we prodcue honey, hoe the bees work. A lot of people are interested, They want to look at it," said Joaquin.
During the entire extraction process the temperature has to be at about 100 degrees for the honey to separate from the wax, which is exactly what this machine does. The honey goes into this machine and as you can see there is a pile of wax left at the bottom.
"Give people the chance to actually see where honey is coming from you don't just go to your supermarket or farmers market and pick up a bottle. It comes from somwhere. Just like going to a dairy farm. there is a big process to getting your milk. Honey is also quite a process to actually get it into the jars and get it to the customers," said Kristy.
A chance for you to taste it before you can buy it. In Linton for KX news, I am Sarah Gustin.
Tours are available through September 30th. To book a tour call 254-5455.