Frequently Asked Questions


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How do I place an order!?  We now have the convenience of an Etsy store!  Just go to our Shop page and click on the items you need.  We ship packages all over the nation, including APO addresses for our military communities!  Being a Veteran family ourselves, we understand always wanting a 'bit of home' away from home.

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RAW HONEY

RAW HONEY

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!  

CREAMED HONEY

Is the Creamed honey raw?  Yes, it is!  We use our raw honey with all of our creamed honey flavors and combine organic spices, all-natural or organic freeze-dried fruits,  nuts and all-natural spreads, to make these wonderfully spreadable honeys.  Enjoy!


Is Creamed honey shelf stable?  Yes, it is.  However, if your creamed honey gets very warm (above 80F), it may begin to liquefy and lose it's spreadable quality.  It is best to keep your creamed honey in a pantry at room temperature. Refrigerated creamed honey will become very hard.

Occasionally, a creamed honey that has air bubbles in it may slip by us and it will look aesthetically different, giving rise to you, the consumer, for concern.  Please rest assured, that the quality is the same!

It just 'looks funny'.  Most of these end up at our homes and in our tummies! If you have managed to acquire one of these tubs and it has white air bubbles, just consider yourself lucky to find such a rarity! This is a natural occurrence during the creamed honey process, and the white air bubbles may it look more like whipped honey.


SKIN CARE

Do I need to refrigerate my hand cream?  We get this question a lot, actually.  No, you do not, however you need to keep it in a cool place (below 74F).  Our hand creams are all-natural, using only natural preservatives, such as Grapefruit seed extract, d-alpha Tocopheryl (natural Vitamin E), Vitamins A & C and raw honey!  

This is why some customers choose to refrigerate and it is a good idea to keep them at room temperature.  

If they do liquefy, then simply shake your jar well, with the lid tightly on, and place in the refrigerator for a few hours.  It helps it to reset to a creamy consistency.  Hand creams will keep up to 4 months.  Some slight discoloration and granulation are normal, due to the 'from scratch' small-batch process and occasional granulating of the natural shea butter.  

Apply normally to hands, feet, face, and neck.   


Why does your hand cream work so well?  For those who are regular users of our hand cream, they will tell you it is because of the all-natural ingredients (no preservatives, no dyes, no synthetics!) and your hands will tell the rest!





SWARMS

It's Swarm Season! 

         If you see a swarm of bees clustering together in a tree or elsewhere, please give us a call (913) 773-0157 or cell (913) 683-3647.

The bees will only remain in one place for a short time. 

If we are out of the office, please call one of these Bee Removal beekeepers:


Doug Hall (913) 972-0208 (Leavenworth, KS/ Platte City, MO and north area)


Matt Adkins (816) 217-4214 (South of Leavenworth, KS and Kansas City area)


They also help remove bees from structures, including inside of house walls. 

BEEKS!
Local to Kansas and
need more Beekeeping info.?  
We recommend the Northeast Kansas Beekeeping Association (NEKBA) as a great starting point.
Need beekeeping supplies
or advice?
Give us a call!
(913) 773-0157 

Bug Repellent and lotion bars

What do I use lotion bars for?  Everything!  You can use our all-natural lotion bars are your hands and feet.  Just rub between your hands to warm, and then rub on any area that is dry.  They come in 'handy' during the summer when those heels get so dry from wearing sandals!  Just hold the lotion bar between your hands and your body heat will start to melt the wax and then rub it in.


Bug Repellent bar?  Our all-natural Bug Repellent bar combines the skin care of our lotion bar with the bug-repelling power of oil of lemon eucalyptus and other powerful essential oils, to help keep the bugs away naturally.  Don't forget, you will need to reapply every 2 hours, for maximum benefit.