Honey has long been a source for sweetening a variety of foods and beverages for over 10,000 years. The sweet nectar has also been used for medicinal purposes, served as currency, and been a symbol in many religious and cultural celebrations. Each offers the promise of making your cup of tea just a little bit sweeter.
Meet our beekeeper, Chris Maxwell
How long have you been keeping bees and what got you started?
“I have been interested in bees since I'm 5 years old. As a child I used to catch them in a mason jar and release them. I was fascinated.”
Can you describe a typical day out in the apiary?
“A typical day consists of having the bees always as a first priority over honey production. Unhealthy bees equals no honey crops.”
What is your favorite part of keeping bees?
“My favorite part is knowing that I'm out there with the bees and myself. Helping them with what they need to make a nice honey crop. I take good care of them they take good care of me with a quality surplus of honey.”
Conversely, what is the hardest part of your job?
“The hardest part of the job is controlling reproduction swarms in spring. Mid summer is controlling pests that collapse the colonies such as mites.”
What are some non-obvious ways to enjoy honey?
“We love honey on ice cream. Our honey is great right out of the jar. Raw Honey is used for medicinal purposes. It removes infection from cure and scraps. Of course. Though tea and honey are a match made in heaven.”