Gather Ye Honey is a small-scale beekeeping operation providing our customers with delightful wildflower honey from both the Appalachian Mountains of beautiful Southwest Virginia and the Piedmont of North Carolina. Our name comes from a much appreciated poem by Robert Herrick.
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
Our Bees and Honey
We started with two hives in our backyard and have grown to keeping 20 hives in two bee yards – one in the Piedmont of North Carolina and one in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia. Having bees in two very different locations leads to spectacularly diverse honey harvests. We keep all of our honey harvests separated by harvest date, location, and sometimes even supers (the part of the hive used for honey storage) if it’s obvious the honey is unique. This means that we typically have a few different honeys on hand. While we don’t send any of our honey to a lab for pollen analysis (which is required to claim a mono-floral honey, such as sourwood, clover, etc.) we enjoy teaching people about the incredible variety of wildflower honey based on what’s blooming in each location during each season.
We handle everything ourselves - from tending the bees to labeling the jars. We have great respect for our bee colonies and the honey they produce and provide our customers with pure, raw honey just as the bees made it. We cold-process our honey and strain out the wax bits, but it is never heated or filtered.
Know Your Beekeepers
In 2012, Brett had an out-of-the-blue idea to take a beekeeping class with the Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association. After each class, he’d come home and tell me, Tina, some new and barely believable fact about honeybees.
“Did you know bees dance to tell each other where to find a good nectar source?”
“They take a regular bee egg, make a special cell around it, feed it royal jelly, and then you have a new queen.”
“Each bee only makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in their lifetime.”
It all sounded a little far-fetched, but turns out it’s all true. That’s when our fascination with and appreciation of the honeybee colony began, and it has continued to grow. We’re happy to be able to share the magic of the honeybee with you!
Where to Buy
We sell through our online store, at the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market several Saturdays per year, at Laurel Springs Farm Store in beautiful Downtown Marion, Virginia, and at the Quarter Way Inn in Ceres, Virginia during the spring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker season. If buying online, keep in mind that honey is very heavy and we bottle in glass jars, but we’re happy to send it. We've even set up some packages designed to help you get the most honey bang for your shipping buck. We can also arrange a local pick-up or delivery in either Southwest Virginia or Charlotte.
There is no sweeter gift than honey. Show your guests or customers your appreciation with custom honey favors.
If you are a mead maker, gourmet baker, want to make your own favors, or just like a lot of honey, we can sell by the bucket.
Honey by the Jar
We sell our honey in glass jars in three sizes by net wt.:
12 oz. ($8)
24 oz. ($15)
48 oz ($28)
Honey with Comb
We have a very limited quantity of honey with comb. This old fashioned delight is a special treat for all ages.
Net wt. 16 oz ($18)