Passerby: “Your honey is so expensive,.”
Me: “You have no idea.” 😂
Passerby: “But I can buy the big jar at Costco.”
Me: “Then you should, this probably isn’t for you. 😉
The irony is that I don’t make a dollar on honey.
Not a cent. (I sell honey to raise awareness for pollinators, and my business).
When you put bees into a hive and steal their food they’re no longer wild - they’re livestock. Beekeeping is farming, and like most farming, profit is HARD to come by. I always knew it intuitively, but for #NationalHoneyBeeDay I tabulated every minute spent doing all things beekeeping. ⏰ My hunch was right... I spend 1.6 hours to get 1 ounce.
6.5 hours for a 4oz. jar - almost an entire (normal person’s) day’s work, for a tiny jar. 🤣 $2.30/hour pay, but the jars are $1 each with shipping.😓
I didn’t even calculate in the cost of equipment, storage, queen bees, the electric bill for freezing frames to protect from wax moths in winter, hive losses to pesticides, or drought years (where I take no honey).
I don’t hear the Costco comment when people taste my honeys (they’ve won almost 10 National Blue Ribbons, and “Best of Show”), but even if they tasted ordinary, we should all clearly be paying more for local honey and supporting the no-profit work of beekeepers.
Today @apimondiabees posted tips on “How to spot fake honey at the store.” It’s really simple folks: don’t buy honey at the grocery store. Don’t buy it anywhere (not even farmer’s markets unless the beekeeper is there), EXCEPT from your local neighborhood beekeeper.
How can you find them?
Google, “beekeeping club” with your city. They can refer you.
One of the best ways to know your honey is real and local? The beekeeper sells out.
Shop small. Go direct.
Bees are a 💯% labor of love, and this jar is filled with it. Real gold.
Double-tap and leave a “🐝” if you value beekeepers’ work.
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