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Local honey a hard-earned, and delicious, reward

July is harvest time for the Pleasant Hill Humble Bee Honey beekeepers. Since March, when the bees returned from annual pollination duty in California’s almond groves, the beekeepers have cared for hives by treating for mites, control for swarming, and installing stronger queens who produce the tens of thousands of bees that are the hive’s workforce. Finally, on a 90-degree day, Humble Bee Honey’s co-owner, Ronnie Ellis, arrives with his crew to harvest the product of millions of bees onto flatbed trucks for transport to the company’s extraction facility near Highway 58.

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