Local Wildflower Honey

Rich, healthful sweetness comes only from apis mellifera - the honeybee. Raising bees is a challenge in upstate New York, but we are commited to better bee hives. We tend colonies of bees who are productive, healthy and overwinter naturally without chemicals.

Are you concerned about the future of honeybees?

You can help in your community too! Try this:

  • Let weeds grow - dandelions are an important food crop.
  • Reduce chemical use - honeybees bring them home accidentally.
  • Plant flowers - honeybees love sunflowers, crocuses and flowering herbs.
  • Plant trees - the resins are used to build the hive.
  • Buy local - local honey is made buy local bees.

 

What about invasive species?

Honeybees are everyone’s favorite invasive species. Yep. They are. And many of the invasive plants in this area, such as knapweed, multiflora rose and honeysuckle, followed the honeybee here from Europe. Therefore, many invasive plants are important food crops for honeybees. Uh oh! Efforts to eradicate invasive weeds are also eradicating important nectar bearing blooms. What to do?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Anytime a beekeeper handles bee hives, a few bees may be killed as a result of accidental impacts or crushing. We do everything in our power to prevent bee deaths. AS for harvest time, no bees are harmed in the process of extracting honey. One of the advantages of the modern Langstroth style beehive is that the honey comb can be removed without damaging the bees living quarters. In the olden days of bee skeps or bee gums, the hive was destroyed to get the honey. Those days are long gone!