About Our Beeyards

Where you locate your bee colonies ultimately impacts the taste and quality of the honey you harvest each year, as well as the health and well-being of your colonies.  We have taken care to select prime locations in the placement of our colonies - locations that provide plant diversity which determines the varietals we can offer our customers.  Our customers tell us that they cannot find honey that equals our honey, and we know the maintenance of our bees and the location of our hives impacts our final products!

Our varietals outlined on our About our Honey Products page, are typically harvested from a specific apiary.  Tracking the apiary allows our local customers to choose an apiary close to their own residence - there is evidence that eating honey produced from plant nectar and pollen derived close to where you live may help people with seasonal allergies.  

Currently, we have three bee yards, also called apiaries, in the central Iowa locale.  Our apiaries are located in:

 

  1. Northwest Des Moines, close to the Des Moines river, where there is an abundance of native plants, and Basswood/Linden trees within a 1-mile radius of our beeyard.  We have also taken the time and effort to plant 80% native plants on our property; native plants offer our bees and all pollinators the most nectar and pollen when compared to plants that are cultivars.  

    • The bee colonies are located on the north end of our property, where they get early morning sun, and the shade of one of our maple trees in the hot afternoon.  ​

    • We put out water feeders in our backyard for the bees - in 2021, we will be placing sea salt in the feeder, as our research indicates that the provision of sea salt provides the mineral balance needed for healthy, busy bees!

    • U-tube on the brand of salt honey bees prefer!

  2. Runnels, on farmland, where there is an abundance of clover and Black Locust trees

    • The bees are located in a field of clover, under pecan trees, and in front of a pond.  Large stands of Black Locust trees that bloom the end of May are within a half mile of our beeyard.  The colonies get the early morning sun, the pecan trees provide shade from the hot afternoon sun and the pond the minerals and water needed for healthy, busy bees. ​

  3. Indianola, on conservation land, where the land has been planted in pollinator-friendly native plants.  Large stands of Black Locust trees that bloom the end of May are within a 3-mile radius of our beeyard. 

 

We started the Indianola apiary in late summer 2019.  John had a friend, Kyle, that wanted to start beekeeping, so we gave him a colony that we had caught in a swarm box.  We also have five colonies of bees on his property for the 2021 season.  The apiary is in a prime location - the land is in conservation!  The honey from our 2020 harvest was delectable - some of the best we have harvested.

 

The picture in the slideshow of a field in full bloom is during the summer of 2020 - Kyle's father-in-law worked with Iowa State in choosing the wildflower mix for this land!  The field is a mass of yellow - the Brown-eyed Susans are in full bloom. 

Des Moines Apiary Pictures

 
 

Runnells Apiary Pictures

2021 Runnells - facing north
2021 Runnells Apiary
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Indianola Apiary Pictures