What You'll Get
Honeybees act as nature's Cupid, spreading love from flower to flower by bringing pollen and and buzzing the tunes of Boyz II Men songs. Harvest the nectar of amorous blooms with today's Groupon: for $39, you get one three-hour intro to beekeeping class at Round Rock Honey, located in Round Rock (a $125 value).
Producers of the best honey in 2008 according to the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey sells 100% natural honey that’s culled from local wildflowers and trains budding beekeepers how to tame honey-bearing bugs for residential use. With this deal, you’ll be a part of a three-hour beekeeping class that has been featured in the American-Stateman for imparting nectar neophytes with honey-harvesting basics, including an introduction to bees, hive handling, and how to whistle the “Flight of the Bumblebee” with a mouth full of honey. Students keen on cultivating their own liquid gold will learn how to keep bees through changing seasons and safeguard their swarm from disease and parasites. Finally, you'll get to don full beekeeper's garb (suits are provided) and gain hands-on experience at Round Rock's on-site apiary. Conduct buzzing swarms of worker bees from the safety of your stylishly veiled suit, even while the queen bee is on a diplomatic mission to discuss trade relations with Vladimir Putin.
Classes for 2011–12 are available March 26; April 16, 23, 30; May 14, 21, 28; June 11, 18; August 27; September 10, 24; October 15, 29; November 12, 19; December 3, 10; January 22, 29; February 12, 26; and March 12.
- You can feel the bees almost as soon as you hear them. Tens of thousands of them are buzzing inside a stack of white boxes almost 5 feet tall, fanning nectar to dehydrate it into honey in one of nature's most distinctive and essential ecosystems. – Addie Broyles, American-Statesman
- Beekeeping 101 is a three-session course where Bouffard covers beekeeping history, bee anatomy, the bee calendar, hive maintenance, bee safety, and the best practices for honey collection. In other words, what people need to know to get started. – MM Pack, Austin Chronicle
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 22, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10 per person, may buy 10 more as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 3/21/11 at 12PM. Reservation required 1-week in advance of desired day; subject to availability. In-store only. Tax included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Round Rock Honey
Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.