Is our honey raw and unpasteurized?
Yes it is. All of our bees live in wooden ware in a rural environment and we use only all natural methods for pest and disease control and we never pasteurize our honey. We do strain our honey, but only through a strainer which is just big enough to take out the occasional bee part (leg, wing, body, etc) that slips through the larger filter at the extraction tank. This leaves all the good-for-you pollen and other nutrients in the honey.
Is our honey local?
Yes it is. Our hives are at many locations located in Leavenworth and Atchison Counties in Kansas, Platte and Buchanan Counties in Missouri. We provide pollination services for local produce vendors at the Leavenworth Farmers Market as well as some of the local orchards and have many stand alone locations where the floral variety is in enough abundance to keep a bee hive healthy.
Is our honey clover honey?
No it is not, our honey is wildflower honey which includes clover. We could focus just solely on clover and then supplement sugar feed, but we don't. We believe this produces weak unhealthy hives because the bees are not feeding on a wide variety of available floral sources that presents them a balanced and healthy diet. Thus each year's harvest can fluctuate as well as the color and taste. Our quantity of honey will also fluctuate from year to year based on the weather, which affects the availability of flowering plants, shrubs and trees in the area.
Is our honey Certified Organic?
No it is not. Bees will travel normally from two to four miles in any direction to feed and sometimes out to five miles. We would have to own five contiguous square miles of land (we don't) to guarantee we can control any floral source that would be available to the bees and in addition somehow guarantee that the bees will only feed on organic items in that five square miles (we can't). Bees are semi-domesticated and they will fly where and feed on what they please. But by keeping our bees in rural environments, like the vast majority of every other beekeeper, we can significantly reduce the chances that a bee will feed on something undesired and thus the bees and their honey stay all natural, the way God intended in the first place.
Why do you sell pollen? For some, bee-gathered pollen is great for allergies, as well as has a variety of vitamins, minerals and live, active enzymes that are, well, good for you! Recommended dose is 1 teaspoon per day. Sprinkle it on your cereal or oatmeal, in your tea or smoothie, over a salad, or just take it our preferred way: one teaspoon smothered in yummy, raw honey!