The Bee Place -
A honey bee farm and more . . .
Honey bees are more than just our business . . .
They are a huge part of our lives here at The Bee Place. We manage and maintain
several hundred hives year round. When the conditions are favorable and
resources available, we are able to make splits from these hives and offer a
limited number of starter colonies and Nucs for sale annually. These hives require a good deal of time and effort,
most of which is in the field and away from the office or a retail store
setting. We are always happy to talk bees, but during peak seasons we are
not always able to answer the phone or reply to messages immediately. So
please be patient when contacting us or placing an order and know that we
will respond as soon as we are able.
While we do offer beekeeping supplies and local honey to the
public, please be aware that we do not have a "walk-in" store at
this time. We take orders via this website and arrange for pickup or
delivery by appointment. We also offer a Beekeeping Basics group classes
most days of bee hive and supply pickup, which is normally on the weekends.
When the weather allows and the conditions are
right, typically starting in early spring with the nectar flow approaching,
we make our splits to increase our numbers. Over and above the resources
provided by mother nature, we depend on the availability of high quality
young mated queens to add to the hives we split (divide into two or more
hives) to create new starter colonies, also known as Nucs. We use
queens from select breeders in non-Africanized bee territories to assure the
gentleness and purity of our Italian bees.
We then feed and treat the bees for pests and allow
the new young queens in their starter colonies to grow and become
established. Once they are deemed healthy and productive, the new colony can
be placed in the appropriate size hives for either adding to our growing
apiary or offering to other beekeepers. The number of new hives and Nucs we
are able to generate each year is often times limited by the above mentioned
factors; resources and queen bee availability. There are times we are on a
waiting list and must rely upon the availability of these resources to make
our splits and fill orders.
Therefore, we advise folks that are wanting to
order bees, it is a good idea to order them several months in advance.
Orders received in the spring are preceded by orders received the previous
fall / winter months and will be filled on a "first come - first serve"
basis. Sometimes the new hives are ready as early as the end of March, while
other years it may be several weeks later in the season.
We strive to meet the needs of a growing community
of beekeepers and aim to provide healthy bees of top quality genetics and
the most gentle demeanor available. The Italian lines we raise are
considered to be "the sweetest bees" around and are truly a pleasure to
work. While there may be a waiting period for orders at certain times of the
year. we work very hard to satisfy our customer list as timely as possible.
We consider waiting a bit longer to fill an order less critical than to
sacrifice the quality by rushing nature, we think the final product is worth
the wait. Come take a look into some of our hives, we think you will agree.