Beginning as a hobby in 2004, with one hive and a young New Zealand Queen, this one colony produced nearly 40lbs of honey! Such was the taste and quality that it was gone almost immediately, sold to friends and work colleagues. Since then the demand has grown through word of mouth leading to the establishment of StewartBees: The Home of all things Honey in Bedfordshire.
The honey produced by our bees is pure and natural, created from the local flora and fauna surrounding our hives. We currently have three apiaries all within 5 miles of our home so we can truly say that it is local honey.
What Honey do the bees provide?
As the seasons change then so does the honey, starting with the Oil Seed Rape which is flowering earlier and earleir (bringing its own challenges), crystalising (setting) very quickly in the comb is has to be extracted almost immediately, once bottled it sets and forms a hard honey which is great for cooking with, on to the Field Bean flowering in June produces what we all look on the traditional honey, thick yet runny and golden in colour, then without pause off to the Borage which is clear to the eye yet perhaps the sweetest and a great favorite of the kids. Borage signifies the end of the season unless the heather beckons. But apart from the honeys mentioned the bees also forage on blackberry, and all the seasonal flowers and fauna which makes honey different every year. We haven't mentioned creamed honey, cut comb, chunk honey and on it goes..... want a little adventure? Check out the products tab and then click on a product picture to understand more about what these amazing creatures do.
Interested in Bees?
Interested in knowing more about Honey bees and then have a look at our one day Introduction to Beekeeping course. Designed to gently introduce you to the amazing yet complex world of bees and beekeeping, it will send you home with a warm glow of understanding yet a keen desire to know more. Check out the feedback, then come and see for yourself!
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Stewartbees will collect swarms free of charge (within a reasonable travel distance from our home) and safely remove them to a new home within our apiaries. Should you be lucky enough to encounter this incredible sight please don’t panic, the bees aren’t interested in you only in securing a new home which is safe and dry. Whilst we will make every effort to collect the bees some take up residence in wall cavities, chimneys, tops of tall trees and this is beyond the capabilities of us. So please don’t be too upset if it is impractical to gain access to them.
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