Our Story

Managing Hives

How did we get started in beekeeping?

  

 Our story is fun to share. Here’s what happened.


We moved into the family farm in 1990. Being young and just starting out, I often went to tag sales in search of furniture pieces and other treasures. I happened to stop in Clinton one Saturday morning and came upon beekeeping equipment. There was a bee suit, smoker, hat and veil, and a few odds and ends. I thought these were very cool. Even though I didn’t know what I would possibly do with these things, I bought them anyway and brought it all home. I was so excited to show my husband, Greg, the treasures I found. He and his grandfather were sitting at the kitchen table when I came in with an arm full. “What in the world are you going to do with that!?” they asked. I kiddingly said I was going to frame and hang everything. Gramps asked where I bought all the equipment and I told him. Well, it turned out that I bought the same gear that was used by a beekeeper from Clinton who once kept his bees here on the farm. What are the odds?


It was enough to peek Greg’s interest about beekeeping and he started learning. He bought his first hive in 1993 and the rest is history. He has kept bees ever since. He loves learning from veteran beekeepers and happily shares his passion with others new to the hobby.


In October of 2014 we decided to open a market on the farm to sell our honey and beeswax candles, soaps, and other handcrafted items. The first year we set up on the lawn every weekend and used a shed to display our Honey jars. The response from the community was so positive and inviting that we took over the barn and turned that into our new shop. 


Our shop is always changing as new items are added regularly. We are excited to share with you our Observation Hive. Come and view the honeybees as they work. But no worries, they can’t fly around you!


Our plans going forward are to increase the number of hives we manage as well as to raise Queens. We look forward to sharing the next chapter of this story with you.