Our bees are very valuable to us, we take the utmost care in nurturing and protecting them. There are no bees killed in the honey harvesting process. There was a time (long go) when the use of skep hives was the norm. To extract honey from these skep hives the bee colony was destroyed but this process has long since been abandoned. When harvesting honey from our bees we only take any excess they may have, if the colony is light on honey we leave it alone. As bee farmers we want to take every precaution to ensure the colony is strong, healthy and with ample honey stores to survive through the winter and be in top shape come spring.

Thanks for the great question!

Farmer Gene's Bees - Local Honey


Customer Questions and Answers



Thanks for the quick response! Do you know how much shipping would be to Ashland, 97520?
And does it matter if I order from the Etsy site or direct from your website?

Hello!
Do you feed your bees honey or by artificial means (e.g. sugar syrup)? I ask because I'm trying to find a supplier that doesn't do the latter.
Thank you in advance!

Hi! Do you offer any of your honey in bulk? I use honey to make kombucha and go through about 12 lbs. every 2 months. I live in Ashland and am willing to pay for shipping. Let me know if you offer in bulk and what your pricing would be.
Thanks!

I would punch in your address using both Etsy and my website and see which one comes out in your favor. Just cancel before you complete your order to see what the shipping costs will be. Go with the one that has the cheapest shipping, the honey will be the same either way. Etsy uses a different formula to calculate the shipping than my website does which is why there can be a difference.

Ok, just placed the order through Etsy. Shipping was 1/2 on Etsy. Thanks!

Discount has been applied to your purchase. Your package will ship later today and should get to you mid next week.
Thanks for your order, hope the honey works well for your kombucha.

I don’t have a brick and mortar store but you are welcome to swing by my house and pick up some honey if you are in the area, otherwise you would purchase it online and I would ship it to you. I ship through the postal service – priority mail and most packages only take a couple of days for shipping.
Thanks,
Gene – Farmer Gene’s Bees

I sell honey in the quart size which is 3lbs per qt. for $20. If you wanted to purchase four qts (12lbs) I could reduce the price from $80 to $70. Because of the way Etsy's pricing is set up it would easiest for you to pay the full price then I would refund $10 back to you.

Hi Natina
Great question! As a beekeeper we feel that it is our utmost responsibility to take excellent care of our bees. It would be wonderful if our bees could reliably find excellent wild nectar sources year around however this is not always possible. The reasons are many but occasionally there are times during the year when supplemental feeding is required to keep the bees strong and healthy. These times are most commonly seen in the early spring when the cold and wet weather prohibits the bees from flying out of their hives to forage. Also in the late summer and early fall most of the floral sources have dried up and died off so we provide supplemental feed which allows the bees to build up their necessary stores inside their hive to stay strong and healthy. This extra feed allows them to overwinter well and come out strong again for the spring flowers. When supplemental feeding is required we are not taking any honey off of the hives for that would be counterproductive and could possibly lead to contamination of the natural honey with supplemental feed.

Thank you for the great question!

Hi- I am interested in purchasing raw honey, and local is great as well. I have a couple question. 1. Are there any health concerns with unpasterized honey? 2. How long does a quart of your honey last? Will it go bad? Thank you.

How is the honey harvested? Are bees killed in the retrieval or do you have them in auto flow frames?

Thanks for the honey & the discount. I also really appreciate your no miticide/no chemical treatment approach, which is how I tracked you down initially. So please keep it up and know that many of us really appreciate your methods!


Thank you for your excellent questions. Raw honey is the most desirable and pure form of honey. In its natural state it is considered a premium product and is packaged and sold as is. Honey has many properties which naturally keeps it safe and makes it last indefinitely. There is no processing or pasteurizing required, in fact these acts actually damage the quality of the honey. Generally raw honey is not recommended to be fed to infants under one year of age due to infants having an undeveloped immune system. Over time honey will crystalize and will loose its clear liquid form, turning thick and grainy. The quality of honey is not damaged by the crystallization and can still be used in this form, many people actually prefer it this way. If desired, honey can be returned to its clear liquid state by gently rewarming.
 
Thank you,
Gene – Farmer Gene’s Bees

I would like to get a quart of the Cornelius Honey. Is it only sold online or is there a brick and mortar store.