Welcome to Gardner Bees and thank you for visiting our site. We are a small beekeeping business located just south of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. We have bees located throughout the south central part of the state and they remain there year round. We only move hives for small local pollination needs and for select local honey varieties.
Because of this, our hives must have some shelter from the harsh winter weather. This usually means they are tucked away in woods and groves and therefore positioned away from agricultural herbicides and pesticides.
We aim to sell our products directly to the local community, cutting out the middle man and providing bee products straight from the beekeeper. Our focus is on selling at wholesale and bulk prices. This is perfect for those who use a lot of honey such as in baking, brewing, and mead making.
If you are interested in picking up a jug or a bucket of honey straight from the beekeeper then send us an email.
We’ll be happy to answer any questions, arrange shipping, or plan a time for you to collect from us. Who knows, we may even be in your area to drop it off at your door.
Our honey harvest season is in July and August and the bee’s main sources of honey are from Clover and Buckwheat. Depending on weather conditions, we can sometimes get a crop of Basswood (Linden) and Goldenrod. Feel free to ask us anytime about the current varieties we have available.
All of our honey is pure and raw - meaning that it is unpasteurized and unfiltered.
Pasteurizing and filtering, are processes that distributors do to prevent honey from crystalizing and therefore improving honey’s visual appeal on store shelves. Unfortunately, doing so destroys natural enzymes, removes pollen, and therefore the health benefits.
Look closely at our honey and you will be able to see the fine specks of propolis and pollen. This is just one reason why raw honey is a healthier option and why it is important to get it straight from the beekeeper.
For more information about our honey visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or send us an email.