The two new swarms have been really busy with the post-extraction supers
I gave them to clean up. There was some capped brood in the center
frames, so I gave them each a 2nd deep for them to build up for winter.
The workers in "the tall hive" have started to refill the post-extraction
super I gave them, so I added another super ... I wish I could clone
UPDATE - 2014/06/08
The honey I extracted from
"the tall hive" on 06/01 is very sweet, fruity flavored, and "extra
light amber" - about the color of frozen lemonade concentrate (see pix at
right)! My research suggests that it is mostly from "honey locust" trees
(aka acacia) and apple blossoms. Pure Locust honey sells for premium
prices ($10-$20/lb), if you can find it - all the sites I visited were
Our 2014 Market Schedule
Market Update: We are now presenting our breads and other products at
, Tuesdays, from 4 PM to 8 PM, starting May 20th, 2014, thru September 16th.
Look for us at our new permanent location, near the entrance.
In addition to the Marketplace, we usually have farm-fresh cage-free eggs,
raw local honey, some frozen breads and other goodies for sale, subject to
availability, at our 7th Street Radford location.
Although we don't have "regular store hours", we are usually here, so
just give us a call at 540-639-2361, if you want to place an order or
Delights Home Bakery in Radford, VA is our third state-licensed
food preparation venture. The first was a home bakery and
catering service we started in 1976 to help pay the mortgage
on our Connecticut farm (see History).
In that, it was quite successful, as we lived there for 20 years!
The Delights Home Bakery Micro-farm is about 1/3 acre of
(non-certified) organic, terraced gardens, raised beds,
mini-orchard, berry patches, chicken run & apiary, owned and
operated by Dave & Denise Knight in Radford, Virginia,
a university town located in the New River Valley, nestled
between the Southern Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains.
Our bakery products feature real San Francisco Sourdough bread,
"the standard by which all other sourdough breads are judged",
made with only five ingredients: unbleached flour, water, raw
honey (from our own bees), salt, and true San Francisco Sourdough
culture (c. milleri and l. sanfrancisco) originally purchased
from Sourdoughs International),
and nurtured here since 2005. We make several kinds of SF
Sourdough, including: Original (white), Honey Whole Wheat, Deli
Rye, Pumpernickel-Raisin, and Cranberry Walnut.
For details about our San Francisco Sourdough, and how we developed
our unique (in SW Virginia) process, check out the
Sourdough Notes page
We also bake some favorite "artisan bread" recipes developed for
our family and customers over the past 40 years, including: Greek
Olive (my grandmother's maiden name was Catherine Achilles),
Whole Grain Sprouted Wheat, Tomato Cheese, Savory Herb, and
Roseanne's Bananadama, our unique version of
traditional Anadama bread.
For the Pulaski Marketplace, we always bake our Original
San Francisco Sourdough, and a limited selection of our
other breads, either fresh or frozen.
To complement our home-made breads, we offer our small batch
preserves, made just like (my) grandma used to make them ... well,
almost: we have invested in some modern scientific equipment,
like digital pH meters and a digital refractometer, to ensure the
quality and safety of every batch.
In addition to some traditional family recipes like
strawberry-rhubarb jam and tomato marmalade, we produce a number
of original recipes like mango-peach marmalade, rhubarb chutney
and mixed berry jams.
For a special treat, try our slow-cooked fruit butters. They
are lower in sugar than jams and bursting with flavors of
fruit and spices. We call them Sun Butters because they are
made using electricity from our solar electric system - so,
even though they look brown, they are really "green" ;-)
From our "micro-farm", we harvest farm-fresh cage-free brown eggs
from our small flock of hens, raw honey from our modest
apiary, and fresh-picked seasonal produce from our (non-certified)
organic raised bed gardens, mini-orchard, and berry patches.
Fresh-baked breads and our other products are available at the
Pulaski Marketplace on Tuesdays (4-8 PM) from mid-May thru mid-September
After September 16, we will sell only eggs & honey
from our VDACS-inspected kitchen in Radford.
Special orders for baked goods, sides & entrees for Holidays,
parties, or just to have home-made "comfort food" in your freezer,
are welcome any time.
Although our main foci are: sustainable agriculture, natural
food production, and energy efficiency, technical innovation
has been key to our success.
Our 4.2 KW solar electric system, for example, provides all the energy
to slow-cook our fruit butters (which we call "Sun Butters"), and
to run most other circuits in our home "off-grid".
We use thermal switches and programmable timers extensively
to control henhouse and greenhouse lighting & ventilation,
and to automate garden irrigation.