Our bees make remarkable honey!
We sell pure, raw, unfiltered wildflower honey from the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and Charlotte, 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. We provide our customers with pure, raw honey just as the bees made it, and we only sell honey that comes from our bees that we manage.
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
Interested in getting your hands on some of our remarkable honey? Great! Here's how:
You're just a click away from ordering through our online store.
Go see Courtney at the Laurel Springs Farm Store in beautiful Downtown Marion, Virginia. While your there, stock up on local meat and other gourmet foods.
Stop and see Stacy at Rootz in Cornelius, North Carolina. She has so many unique products in her store. If you need a gift for someone or a treat for yourself, you won't be disappointed.
In normal times (and these are not normal times) you can find us at the Quarter Way Inn in Ceres, Virginia during the spring Appalachian Trail thru-hiker season.
We can also arrange a local pick-up or delivery in either Southwest Virginia or Charlotte, just give us a shout.
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, elderberry syrup maker, or just like a lot of honey, we sell by the bucket.
Honey by the Jar
We sell our honey in glass jars in three sizes by net wt.:
Honey with Comb
We have a very limited quantity of honey with comb. This old fashioned delight is a special treat for all ages.
Though beekeeping is in itself an act of stewardship, we are trying to be good stewards in other ways, too. Whether it’s installing a 7.4 kW solar array or trying to maintain our apiaries as naturally as possible, we are conscious of our impact on the environment.
We package our honey in regular mason jars that are made in the USA. We hope our customers reuse these jars for canning, storage, drinking lemonade, arranging flowers, or the like. There are endless opportunities for creative upcycling and we love to see what our crafty customers have come up with. We selected our label paper because it is made of 100% recycled content, has no vinyl coating, and peels off relatively easily – making reuse easier. We keep the label small to show off our honey, of course, and because the smaller the label, the less paper, ink, and adhesive used.
If you order our honey online, you might be surprised by the hodgepodge of bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and other fluffy stuff in your package. We believe it is foolish to throw away perfectly good packing materials. Therefore, we have developed a small network of folks that save their reusable packaging for us and that’s what we use to pad those delicate honey jars for safe shipping.
It is pretty easy to draw a direct line between pollinators and the food we eat. Pollinators are a vital part of our ecosystem and we are proud maintain our land, both the postage stamp-size lot in Charlotte and the 17 acres in Southwest Virginia, in a pollinator-friendly manner. If you're interested in pollinators (if you like to eat, you should be) and have a yard or a window box, you can learn about pollinator-friendly plants for your area from the Pollinator Partnership.