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What You'll Get
Honeybees act as nature's cupid, spreading love from flower to flower by distributing 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 introductory beekeeping class at Round Rock Honey's Japhet Creek Apiary (a $125 value). Click here for a list of available class sessions.
The honeycombers at Round Rock Honey harvest 100% natural honey made from local wildflowers, producing what the Dallas Observer proclaimed 2008's Best Honey. During the beekeeping class, master beekeepers steep nectar neophytes in the honey-harvesting basics, including an introduction to bees and information on hive handling, the number-one beekeeping quandary among cartoon bears. 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 beekeeper's garb (suits are provided) and gain hands-on experience at Round Rock's on-site apiary, conducting buzzing swarms of worker bees, even if the queen bee is on a diplomatic mission to discuss trade relations with tyrannical butterflies. Beekeeping pupils should protect appendages by wearing blue jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, and boots or other ankle-covering shoes.
The Fine Print
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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.