Field to Fermenter – Part One (Lyman Woods)
Upon arrival at Lyman Woods the group learned the basics of bees and honey from the Park District’s premier naturalist, Marge Trocki. The group then split into two parts, the first suiting up with Marge to visit the apiary and get a first-hand look at where the magic happens. Participants were able to suite up and get up close and personal with the bees, something that few people get the opportunity to do.
While one group was in the apiary, the other was treated to an overview of the honey extraction process by Shannon Forsythe, the Park District’s Manager of Natural Resources and Interpretive Services. She demonstrated both how the wax is cut off to reveal the honey beneath, and also how the manual extractor spins honey off the frames. The group was then able to sample several different types of honey and experience some unique food and honey pairings.