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The Melissa

In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey and from whom bees were believed to have received their name.  We have coined this vintage packaging The Melissa.  A beautiful replica of the honey jars designed by Charles Muth, one of the largest honey sellers in the 1800's. Enjoy the keepsake corked muth bottle! 



We produce hyper-local honey, which is nectar that is a limited batch, and gathered by our bees in specific geographic areas in central Iowa.  Each honey has been produced by the bees in micro-climates, and the taste of the honey varies each year based on conditions in the environment controlled by Mother Nature herself, within a 3-mile radius of the apiary.  These honeys allow you to taste the local flora of each beeyard, which is unique to that particular neighborhood.  We label our honey based on the the geographic area that the nectar was collected by our bees:  Urban Des Moines, rural Indianola and rural Runnells.


Read more here about our apiaries in Des Moines, Indianola and Runnells!



Our Wildflower Honey is what’s known as polyfloral, meaning many types of nectar were collected by the bees to make it. It could contain any combination of midwest wildflowers, Black Locust tree nectar, Linden tree nectar, clover, depending on what is blooming during the season at that specirfic apiary, and collected at the whimsy of the bees.



Our acacia honey is not monofloral - beekeepers cannot explicitly state that the only nectar is from the Black Locust tree.  We track the bloom-period of the trees; the primary nectar source is the Black Locust tree, with small amounts of secondary nectar sources, such as clover or wildflowers.  With vanilla notes and a luminous pale hue, our premium acacia honey touches the palate with delicate perfection.  



Our basswood/linden honey is not monofloral - beekeepers cannot explicitly state that the only nectar is from the Basswood/Linden tree.  We track the bloom-period of the trees; the primary nectar source is the Basswood/Linden tree, with small amounts of secondary nectar sources, such as clover or wildflowers.  The honey made from the nectar of these trees is prized for its unique taste and aroma, and because an annual linden honey crop can’t be guaranteed, it’s even more valuable. Basswood/linden honey is said to have natural antibacterial properties, which can actively fight off inflammation and respiratory infections and have a detoxifying effect that supports a healthy liver.  The flavor is medium sweet and pleasantly fruity, with a hint of citrus or mint at the end.

The Melissa

  • We offer festive cellophane bags, depending on the season, with a coordinating bow when you need gift packaging!

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