The Hazel Grove Farm Apiary is as local as we can make it. We build our own hives from locally cut second growth Pine. Much of the machinery in our wood shop has been purchased used and rehabilitated to suit our purpose, and very little goes to waste. Even the shavings and sawdust is tossed into the chicken coop to compost along with the chicken manure to make a rich garden mulch for our berry bushes. Our aim this year is to begin raising our own queens to replace Winter losses, so other than keeping our genetics diverse, we shouldn't need to purchase bees from afar. Our goal is local, sustainable, quality hive products we can be proud to put our name on.
Our apiary is located far from other farms and orchards, so our honey is free of contamination. The bees spend the Summer harvesting nectar from the many wildflowers that grow along the roadsides and in the many unused fields in our area. The result is a pure, light amber wildflower honey that delights both the palate and the eye. We help by never using heat in our extraction and bottling process, so all the natural enzymes and health benefits are left unaltered. Our honey is strained, never filtered, so it will contain a good sample of pollen and tiny fragments of wax, all invisible to the naked eye. The best containers we have found to package our honey are household mason jars. They are glass, re-useable, and feature an airtight seal that keeps the honey sealed as tightly as the bees do themselves. They are cheaper than other containers, too, which allows us to keep our costs down and save you a few pennies.