Local Raw Honey
All honey we sell has been harvested from our hives which are kept in the same place all year. While many operations are moving their hives multiple times per year to catch nectar flows across the country, our hives experience a more natural setting staying here in Maryland and Delaware all year. This also guarantees that all the honey we sell with our label is produced right here in our neighborhood.
Our honey is also Raw which means that it has not been heated and filtered to remove the pollen and enzymes the bees put in it. This also means that our honey will crystalize with time, especially at cooler temperatures.
Crystallized honey is still perfectly fine to eat and the jar can be placed in hot water to re-liquify. While some people dislike the appearance and texture of crystallized honey, crystallization is actually proof that it’s the real thing – raw and unfiltered.
We currently are offering an array of bottle sizes and options that will satisfy any need.
From plastic squeeze bottles in 2 sizes to multiple glass jars and larger jugs, we have what you’re looking for.
What Do You Mean By “Organically Produced”?
If you’ve seen our honey labels you may wonder what we mean by “Organically Produced in Maryland”. What we mean by this is that our honey has been produced under what we would consider ‘organic practices’. According to USDA law there is almost no place in the US where organic honey can be produced. This is because it is impossible to control a bee colony’s forage area since they are ‘free-range’ in the most literal sense of the term.
Because of the stiff requirements for an ‘organic’ honey label there is no way we could actually produce a local and organic raw honey short of moving our hives to the remotest regions of the United States, which would then produce a honey that is no longer local to this community.
This is the reason for the “Organically Produced” label. Our hive management practices coincide closely with USDA organic management requirements such as no synthetic chemical usage. In fact, we go a step beyond that requirement by avoiding all chemical usage entirely. Therefore, we believe that; short of the USDA organic label, our honey is actually closer to real pure local honey than what you can purchase from the super-market shelves.
All our nucleus colonies consist of a total of 5 deep frames — 3-4 frames of brood in all stages and 1-2 frames of honey and pollen. Complete with a queen, brood, and bees; these nucs come in Pro-nuc shipping boxes which are yours to keep.
Over-wintered Nucleus Colonies
As part of our focus on Sustainability in our apiary we primarily produce Over-wintered (OW) nucs for sale. These 5-frame deep Nucleus Colonies are a complete unit ready to set into your woodenware and are a great option for early replacement of dead-out hives since they build up best on drawn comb.
Over-wintered nucs come with several advantages. . .
- Headed by a proven queen. Since these colonies are created the summer before, they have already survived one winter and are geared for exponential growth and honey production when you pick them up. *
- Super-easy installation. These nucs come in a state-of-the-art plastic shipping box complete with ventilation and feeding ports so that you can install them in your equipment at your convenience. Installation is literally as easy as setting the frames into your boxes.**
- Worry-free start-up . Contrary to the susceptibility of package bees, nucleus colonies aren’t fazed by a stretch of winter weather in April. Since they come with at least 1 frame of honey and pollen you can rest easy even when Winter makes a come-back in early Spring.
- Early availability. While most local nucs and packages are not available until weeks after those shipped from down south, we consistently have over-wintered nucs ready to go on nearly the same schedule as southern producers – usually early to mid-April.
We produce a limited number of Spring nucs as well. These are basically the same as the OW nucs except that they are made up in the spring with the first local queens we raise. Spring nucs also tend to be easier to manage in the first few weeks as compared to over-wintered nucs since they are at a different place in the growth curve making them less apt to swarm. Because we must wait to produce these nucs until local queens are available, Spring nucs are usually not ready for sale until Mid-May.
*Please note: Over-wintered nucs are not recommended for first-time beekeepers except for the very motivated. For ‘Newbees’ we recommend the Spring nucs which are available after the erratic temperature swings of early Spring.
**For a local supplier of all woodenware and beekeeping supplies, we recommend Forest Hill Woodworking in Paradise, PA.