What You'll Get
Honeybees act as nature's Cupid, spreading love from flower to flower via pollen and buzzing the harmonies of Boyz II Men songs. Harvest the nectar of amorous blooms with today's Groupon: for $39, you get one intro to beekeeping class at Round Rock Honey's Round Rock location (a $125 value). Click here for a list of available class dates. Classes in July and August are held 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Saturdays and 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesdays; classes in September, October, November, and December are held 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays.
The honeycombers at Round Rock Honey harvest 100% natural honey from local wildflowers on the way to producing the Best Honey in 2008 according to the Dallas Observer. During the beekeeping class, master beekeepers impart nectar neophytes with honey-harvesting basics, including an introduction to bees, hive handling, and how to whistle “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, participants get to don full beekeepers' garb (suits are provided) and gain hands-on experience at Round Rock's onsite apiary, conducting buzzing swarms of worker bees, even while the queen bee is on a diplomatic mission to discuss trade relations with tyrannical butterflies. Beekeeping pupils should protect sting-attracting appendages by wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, and boots or other ankle-covering shoes.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 10 per person, may buy 10 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 7/4/11 at 12PM. Must sign waiver. Appropriate attire required. Photo ID required. 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.