Blue Pearl Farms
9760 Randall Rd
McClellanville, SC  29458


info@bluepearlfarms.com
Blueberries, Bees, and Blue Crab
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Working with bees gives us a chance to learn about the world in different ways, from observing the blooming plants and matching the colors of pollen brought into the hive to tasting the unique and individual blends of nectar stored away in each hive, ripening slowly in the honeycomb. The bees build the honeycomb with wax excreted from special glands in their abdomens. It takes more energy to make wax than to gather nectar, so we carefully save each scrap from "burr comb" and the cappings that seal the ripe honey in the comb. Over the season, these accumulate in bags and jars, and before it can be used, we separate the sweet, pure beeswax from any contaminants once, twice and sometimes a third time, until only the pure wax remains. The scent of warm honey fills the area and makes up for the mess...beeswax is a pure and sweet form of energy that brings a little summer instantly into your life. Visit our Beekeeping page for more information.
       

The clean wax gets grated so it melts more easily before being turned into our Buzz Cream body balm, Finger Buzz, Lip Buzz and beeswax candles. We use 100% beeswax in the candles, unlike many commercial products that can legally describe their candles as 'beeswax candles' even if only 1% beeswax is present.

Each candle is handpoured into a mold. Our traditional votive candles, like all beeswax candles, last about three times longer than conventional paraffin or soy candles. We do not add anything to the wax, so the sweetness and light that emanates from them is a reflection of the purity of the beeswax. Beeswax burns more cleanly than any other candle material, and the light is the closest match to pure sunlight. Our candles use 100% cotton, lead-free wicks. Proper wick maintenance extends the burn time of the candles. Visit us at the Charleston Farmers Market or online to get a closer view.


 
The crab boat's much-needed upgrade of its fiberglass hull is almost complete. The fiberglass work is done, and the primer and paint applied (just in time to avoid our first hard freeze), and all the wires are being put back in place. A new pot-hauler and davit arm to make pulling the traps quicker and easier will be at work soon. Like most of our farm work, it is all "in-house" and we have learned a lot about fiberglass application and materials over the past 8 weeks. We're looking forward to being back on the water to see our frequent visitor Scratchy and his buddies the pelicans soon.

Find Blue Pearl at the farmers markets on Saturdays at Charleston's Marion Square
from 8 am until 2 pm (near the music stage in the middle of the King Street row) through November. In December, we are at the Holiday Christmas Market from 9 am to 4 pm both Saturdays and Sundays at Marion Square. Sample some of our small batch, hand-crafted Blueberry Compote and Blueberry-Chipotle Savory Barbecue Sauce, try out our Buzz line of skin products made from our beeswax, and taste delicious local, raw honey. You can also shop online for direct delivery of Lowcountry deliciousness; all items mailed through January 1, 2015, will have a blue and white tissue paper wrap.
 


I
nterested in growing your own Low
country olives? We harvested our first crop this year. Two-year-old Arbosana, Arbequina and Koronecki olive plants adapted to the Southeast let you grow your own for table or oil. These plants are vigorous growers and reach about 12-17 feet. Plants are in 3-gallon pots now; plant heights of 18-24" are $12; 24-40" are $23. Each variety is self-fertile, but all will produce more and larger fruit with a pollinator pal.

Blue Pearl Farms has a limited number of three-year-old heritage varieties of organically tended rabbiteye blueberry plants for sale in 3-gallon pots. The plants are field-dug and ready to be planted this year. These varieties require cross-pollination, at least six hours of sunlight, and some space between the plants (4-5 feet) so they don't grow into each other. 

It's easy to schedule a farm tour or an event for your group or family or a special workshop for your group of five or more. For details, contact info@bluepearlfarms.com or call us on the farm line at 843-887-3554.

Blue Pearl Farms is one of the state's most recent Certified Roadside Markets, and we are proud to be part of the Certified South Carolina farm products group. We are preparing for our organic certification on the farm, and rely on mulch, compost and natural products to support plant health. All our maintenance is done by hand, and Blue Pearl Farms will always be GMO-free. If you ever have questions about how plants grow here, please ask or come visit.

Take Hwy 17 to McClellanville, and turn beside The Palmetto Store onto Hwy. 45 at the flashing yellow light. Randall Road is the first left, about a block north of Hwy 17. You will find the farm entrance gate on the right, before you pass the farm sign, after about 1.2 miles.

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We follow organic practices to nourish the soil and keep plants healthy and ensure our honey and foods are the best you can eat. Please remember, no pets and no smoking at the farm.

Blue Pearl Farms hosts weddings and private events and can provide a full plug-and-play PA system and stage. For details, c
ontact info@bluepearlfarms.com or call us on the farm line at 843-887-3554.
 

Burning your 100% beeswax candles from Blue Pearl Farms

  • Always use a votive holder for votive beeswax candles as they don’t hold their own wax pool.
  • Instead of blowing out your beeswax candles, dunk the wick into the wax pool and straighten. When you light your candle, light at the base of the wick as opposed to the tip.
  • Handcrafted and ornamental candles may not be symmetric top to bottom so they may need a little more loving attention. If the melt-pool moves too close to the edge of the candle, trim the wick for a smaller flame.
  • Let your candles burn for about an hour for each inch in diameter whenever you light them.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4" for a strong, bright, beautiful flame. A short wick helps to prevent smoking or dripping. Trimming also removes any tiny particles that collect in the wick and could interrupt wax flow. Be careful not to trim the wick too short as it may drown in the wax pool resulting in a low flame or making it difficult to relight.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep candles away from children and pets.
  • Keep candles away from flammable materials or overly crowded settings. 3-4” is good spacing
  • Burn candles only in a draft-free environment away from fans, open windows, air ducts, etc. This will help to prevent any dripping or smoking. Do not use candles as night lights.

Why beeswax? The sweet aroma of honey and a warm light that burns for an incredibly long time come from a handcrafted candle made with wax from our bees. This pure beeswax from the Lowcountry makes each candle unique because it includes honey, pollen, and propolis from our environment. Our wicks are 100% cotton, and we never use dyes or added fragrances.


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