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A big thank you for the concern shown from those of you who wrote or called in concerning our hives in the Rowlett area, near Dallas. Our hives appear to have been untouched because of the excellent bamboo windbreaks the landowner planted 11 years ago. This is not the first time bamboo windbreaks have thwarted high winds from tornadoes near our hives. Here's a little insight into why bamboo works so much better than other types of windbreaks: Bambusa ventricosa, a species of bamboo suitable for windbreaks, works well because it is well branched from the ground to the top. The long slender culms (stems) and the dense, repetitive leafing pattern disperse wind energy more effectively than trees. The bend of the cane is more like that of grass - very flexible. A row of bamboo is very elastic and can absorb wind bursts in excess of 120mph. It also helps that when bamboo breaks, it splits without immediately separating. This prevents catastrophic failure within single plants as well as rows of plants. In addition to its elasticity, the tensile strength of bamboo is excellent. It suffers permanent distortion at about 142 MPa with a breaking point at 265MPa. Structural steel deforms at about 250MPa, and breaks at 400MPa. It starts to become woody when it reaches maximum height. Some 6 to 8 years at maturity, its outer surface gains silica which makes it very hard. The inside is softer than the outside which is more stable than typical wood which is softer on the outside than the inside. Bamboo is very elastic which makes it a good building material in earthquake zones. In Asia, bamboo is used for scaffolding - even for high rise buildings. When bamboo breaks, it splits without immediately separating. This prevents catastrophic failure. Bamboo forests are very good carbon sinks at a rate up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare. Thomas Edison used carbonized bamboo as a filament the first light bulb. Bamboo provided Alexander Graham Bell with a phonograph needle. There are more than 5000 documented uses for bamboo. Termites will not eat bamboo. Bamboo Forest After the 1945 Hiroshima nuclear devastation, bamboo was the first regrowth. Bamboo grows at sea level, and up to 3.7Km elevation. It expires 35% more oxygen than an equivalent group of trees. Harvesting bamboo does not kill it and a crop can be harvested every three to five years. Bamboo's root system is like a net and hold soil together so it prevents erosion. Bamboo has a tensile strength of 28000lbs/sq in, which is greater than steel.

Round Rock Honey will only be at the Downtown Austin (9-1) and Lone Star (10-2) farmer's markets in the Austin area this weekend. Bring family and friends out to the market to show off what Central Texas has to offer. Try some sweet honey while you're at it! 422 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78701 12611 Shops Parkway, Shops at the Galleria, Bee Cave, TX 78738

We will be at our store in Round Rock from 10-2 tomorrow for those last-minute shoppers and the final day of our bee suit sale. Buy a bee suit and gloves for only $50. Stock up on honey, scrubs, lip balm, candles, soap, and more. 1308 Chisholm Trail #106 Round Rock, Texas 78681

If you've taken the Round Rock Honey BK class or tour and want to know more about beekeeping, consider this - the 5th Annual Austin Beekeeping Seminar put on by the Austin Area Beekeepers Association! The daylong seminar this year is scheduled for Jan. 16th and is at the beautiful J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin. We have an excellent array of presenters from all over Texas. In addition we have a separate track specifically for new beekeepers! If you would like to register please go to http://aabaseminar2016.eventbrite.com The registration fee is $50 and much of the proceeds will go to the Texas bee lab to help support research to advance sustainable beekeeping practices. If you have any questions please email me at lance@beekeepinghelp.com I hope to see everyone there!

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The sweetest thing at the farmers market! ☀️ For a full list of farmers market locations, check out the "about us" section of our website, link in bio!

We have our bees solely pollinate Texas wildflowers to give our honey its uniquely rich, lightly fruity flavor! Available in our online store, link in bio.

Take part in a honey tasting on one of our honey house tours! Tours are held every Saturday at our Round Rock location and are FREE for kids 17 & under. For more info click on the link in our bio!

We take pride in how our honey is made, so much so that we invite you to come see it up close & personal. Come to one of our honey house tours and see how our honey is gathered & bottled with love 💛 For more info head to the link in our bio!

Round Rock Honey’s heat-free process keeps our honey rich in both flavor and antioxidants. Find all our different flavors + varieties through the link in our bio!

Our emphasis on quality + minimal processing means that our honey maintains all of its naturally-occurring pollen, trace minerals and complex sugars. Shop our honey in our online store (link in bio)

With the weekend right around the corner, it’s time to gear up for farmers markets! Round Rock Honey is sold at markets across Austin, DFW and Waco, view all our market locations on our website (link in bio)

Available in quantities from a ½ lb all the way to 12 lbs, our honey delivers quality in any quantity and is shipped nationwide! Shop our honey + skincare products online through the link in our bio.

Winnie the Pooh's favorite honey? Round Rock Honey, of course! We're excited to partner with @disneystudios in their launch of the new film #ChristopherRobin. We'll be handing out movie passes to the film and movie swag, stop by our booths at the farmers markets this Saturday and Sunday, or sign up for our beekeeping class this Saturday to get your movie passes!