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                        Gardeners of Somerset Valley
October 2018					From: Mitch Greenbaum

NEXT "MEETING": Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 North Branch Reformed Church

Dear GOSV:

Any mushroom gatherers in the club? A banner season for mycologists. This pretty much describes the weather pattern for most of the 2018 growing season.

Fred Yarnell will be talking about bees next week. Actually we can help him mourn the loss of his hives, not to mites which had been an ongoing problem for years, instead to wax moths. He can provide the nitty gritty details. About 20 years ago Fred also had a close call with a bear and thatís why he electrified that area. Many of the members have enjoyed his honey over the years, honey reminiscent of wine or vice versa, no two batches are ever the same. Included in the meeting will be a wine (Freudian slip) honey tasting, Fredís NJ wild flower spring honey and specialty ones made from the blossoms of avocado, raspberry, orange and blueberry generously provided by Dorothy Wright from her recent trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. Back in the day Fred used beeswax to make natural handcrafted candles and some folks chew it as a gum substitute. And the real hardcore beekeepers take the propolis a caulking-like material bees use to repair the hive and mix with alcohol to make a tonic, have a feeling this wasnít one of his pursuits.

Please come out next week and hear about Fredís life as a beekeeper and the moth that finally made him close up shop. And taste some yummy honey.

Regards. Mitch