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Apiary - For Love Of Family Farm
(915) 346-5209 - 1101 CR434 Thrall, TX 76578

Our Apiary

Giving Honeybees the Sweet Life

This year, we were proud to do our part for the US honeybee population by establishing 12 beehives with locally-sourced queen bees.

We planted several acres of native wildflowers to support the colonies and plan to increase the number of hives we manage as the bee population grows.

Using local queens that have survived the winter in our area means the bees will be better suited for growing their colonies here and be more resistant to bee diseases or pests. This will help us in following a chemical-free, treatment-free approach to beekeeping and honey production.

Our bees are a blend of Italian and Carnolian. They are a hearty breed that is known for a sweet temperament. We have been able to take pictures of them with the camera just one inch away.

They aren’t defensive or aggressive towards anybody who has been working near them, or our silly dogs who sometimes get too close!

As a family farm, we are concerned that everything and everyone on our farm work in harmony, so the bee girls are fitting right in.

In general, you don’t harvest honey from first year colonies, but we did have some overachievers in the group and we were able to get a few dozen jars of beautiful, light-colored sunflower-flavored honey to sell at the market.

Next year we hope to go into higher production of not only honey but also beeswax-based products using herbs from the farm.

We test-marketed some simple peppermint skin balm this year at the farmer’s markets and we’re looking to add lavender products soon.

As soon as our 2021 honey and wax harvest products are ready, we’ll be sure to let you know!

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