2021 has been a dry year for Chicago. Bees in Chicago get a majority of their nectar from trees such as Linden, Black Locust, and fruit trees. The drought early on has had an impact to the nectar flow and we are expecting stock this year to be low. We are expecting this years harvest to be ready for purchase around October.
The pandemic has made sourcing jars at a reasonable price (4x-5x normal prices is common or stock is completely unavailable) very difficult however we are committed to ensuring we provide reusable containers. Please retain and return your jars for a $1 credit if possible.
We continue to partner with a local non profit, right next door in Old Irving, Keeler Gardens, to host two hives in their community learning garden. In 2018, they installed a pollinator habit and reached out to Sloanstead to host honey bees on site to help contribute to the pollinator community. A percentage of this years harvest will be from the hives at Keeler in Old Irving as well as our hives in Irving Park.
As hobbyist beekeepers, our hives produce more honey than we can personally consume. We wish to share with you our limited and precious excess. Please check out our availability on purchasing options. Chicago area buyers only. We do not ship at this time. Contactless pickup can be arranged in the Irving Park neighborhood. Due to current health situation, we are not offering drop offs. Pickups are also not being offered downtown.