About Our Honey
Every year the taste of the honey will vary slightly based on what is available to the bees for harvest. Honey bees like to forage within a couple mile radius from their hive. When you taste our honey, you’ll probably start to recognize the subtle sweet of white Linden flowers of spring, the light purple of mint in summer, and the warm yellow goldenrod of fall. All of these flavors combined give you a delicious bouquet to enjoy all year long.
On average, honey bees need 50 lbs of honey to tide them over from winter's onset until the next spring blossoms appear. Due to this, the supply of our honey available for sale is very limited since we only harvest a small portion of the bees’ full production each year. We choose not to alter the honey in any way, keeping it in its raw, unprocessed form as, “hive to table,“ pure as possible so you can enjoy our honey as nature intended. We also never blend honey from previous years. Buying from us you are guaranteed to have hyper local, single apiary, single year honey.
Honey bees are docile in nature, and even more so when they are out foraging. If you see a honey bee in your garden don't worry - they are much more interested in finding food than they are in you. When a honey bee digs in its stinger, vital organs are pulled out when they fly away, so it's a guarantee they will die. Because of this, stinging is a last resort they will use only if they feel it absolutely necessary. If a honey bee lands on you, lightly brush it away, being careful to not apply pressure that may make it accidentally sting. Much like any homeowner, honey bees can become aggressive if they feel their hive is being threatened. Never approach a bee hive without an experienced beekeeper present.
Rachel is the daughter of a beekeeper (whom we call the Bee Professor) and her husband, Peter, whom loves to tend our micro farm on our little piece of earth here in Chicago. Despite full time jobs, we have worked hard to bring a little country to the city. In the spring of 2015, we decided to have two hives join our modest gardens and handful of chickens which we refer to as Sloanstead. Roughly 120,000 bees worked tirelessly to build their honey supply and pollinate our neighborhood. While our backyard serves as their home, spring through fall our bees make daily flights to harvest pollen and nectar from your backyards. We harvest from their excess bounty and hope to share a jar with you.