Beekeeping and Honey Prices

With the hard winter we are facing not only here in New England, but also throughout most of the nation, it has become difficult to perform an adequate check on my hives. During last week when the temps got into the high 40 degree range, (F), I was busy with winter pruning. I did notice a few bees flying about and saw the hives from a distance. At least two hives appeared to have made it through at least half of this winter. As to which two it was hard to tell. In late January and early February the bees fly about the hive in order to clean out their individual system. At this time, the hives get covered with bee droppings as the mass of honeybees fly close to home and …well defecate, sorry there is just no delicate way to phrase it. It is the clearing process for which God in his Wisdom provides the “January” thaw.

At any rate, I lost at least one of my hives and I see dead bees gathered about the entrance. This, of course, means I will have to replace at least that hive and maybe others. That said the price of a 3 lb. package of honeybees was $95 last year; and a nuc was $125. Since most of these packages are made in the Southern States which have been going through a record winter. I anticipate not only the costs going up, but also the availability of honeybees being greatly curtailed. Naturally, the Law of Supply and Demand will take over here and prices of honeybees will rise significantly. Therefore, I’m increasing the cost of my honey in order to cover the costs of new and supplemental beehives. Below find the new vs. old prices of honey. Please understand that conditions dictate I increase prices and know I’m not making a profit on this as the increased costs will simply be put back into the apiary to insure continuous supplies of honey into the future.

FYI, I have quart and pint size jars only at the moment and these are limited. As you can see compared to the retail outlets these prices are very good, because it is local and the only processing done is a simple straining through cheesecloth to remove hive debris. Try as you might you will not get any more organic and naturally occurring honey anywhere. Also I use no chemicals, antibiotics, or any other methods to handle my hives. So the honey is unadulterated.

Unfortunately, I’m not set up to ship so this pricing is for local sale only.


Honey Prices: New Price Old Price
Quart: $20.00 $15.00
Pints: $11.00 $8.00
Jelly: $8.00 $6.00
Sample: $4.00




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  1. Richard, I hope the rest of your bees make it. I dread seeing how our hives do after this dreadfully, abnormally cold, cold winter in Minnesota ends. Good honey is hard to come by and your prices are more than fair. We put all of our money back into our bee operation and have all the honey we like for our family. That makes it worth it:)
    Best of luck to you there.

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