Introducing the Apiary :: Chef Greg Lang Brings Bees to the Killington Mountainside
Posted by The Beast on July 1, 2017
Greg Lang, Executive Chef at Preston’s Restaurant took the first step of his long-awaited new project and installed three honey bee hives on the slopes of Skye Peak this summer. Abundant with wildflower fields, this area of the mountain will support this thriving bee colony. He is working closely with local beekeeper, Matt Meservey for guidance. “Bee populations are in decline and we’re working to help reverse that trend while contributing to our sustainability mission,” said Chef Greg. “Honey will be harvested this Fall and used by the chefs at Preston’s, the Grand Hotel’s restaurant, and sold by the jar in the Grand Cafe.”
There are three hives on the property, located on lower Skye Peak. Each hive houses approximately 1,000 bees and, together, will produce about 1.3 pounds of honey this year. The bees will forage within a 2-5 mile radius from the hive and together will fly a total of 50,000 miles before this Fall’s honey harvest. While bees do not forage on cold winter days, they are active year-round, so the hives will remain in place throughout the winter. When snow season returns, the colony will cluster in the hive, awaiting mild days of 50 degrees or warmer when they will take advantage of the small window to find food.
Chef Greg admits that he has a lot to learn about the art of keeping bees, but is eager to grow his knowledge and contribute to Killington’s sustainability initiative.