Honey is the first and foremost product people associate with beekeeping. And to this day, harvesting honey is my favorite part of the beekeeping hobby. However, there is a lot more going on in, and coming out of a hive!

In addition to honey, bees produce a fine wax that has been recognized for its superiority qualities and varied applications. While I don’t primarily produce beeswax, I do end up with a substantial amount just due to the nature of hive maintenance. I process and cast this wax myself and occasionally offer it for sale.

More about Beeswax

Propolis is a more rarely seen substance in a bee’s tool kit. It is a combination of beeswax and sap gathered by the bees. The result is typically brown, very sticky substance that hardens at a wider range of temperatures than wax. Bees generally use it to seal their hives, keeping out weather and occasionally to seal up foreign objects in their hives. Humans typically use it medicinally, as a chewing gum base and in the treatment of musical instruments.

More about Propolis

Contrary to popular belief, bees can’t live on honey alone. Pollen is extremely important. Bees get simple sugars, protein, minerals & vitamins, and fatty acids from the pollen they collect. Its so important that the tiny beads of pollen they create and store are sometimes called “bee bread”. Colors vary widely by region and season, and you can tell a lot about your bees foraging habits by examining the pollen they’ve stored in their hives.

More about Pollen

You’ve probably heard of “royal jelly” and may even know a little about its role in bee development. Consumed in large amounts, it triggers the development of an ordinary worker larvae into a queen. It is very resource intensive for the hive and difficult to harvest, so I do not offer it.

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Dear Community

It is with deep regrets and sadness that I must announce there will be no honey harvest this year. The usual challenges of beekeeping, coupled with the increasingly erratic climate since Winter have been really hard on the hives this year and there will not be a harvest-able surplus. Thank you for all your support in the past, we hope to be able to bounce back next season.