At Zook's Orchard we practice natural beekeeping.  We put no chemicals or medications in our beehives, including wax foundation that 'could' be laden with chemicals.  We allow our girls to build their comb to their own specifications which ultimately results in a more natural smaller cell size.  This smaller cell size results in a smaller size bee and helps the bee colony keep hive-threatening pests in check.  We have also gone to a Horizontal Langstroth hive of our own design which makes tending the hive much easier for the beekeeper and, therefore, much less disruptive to the bees.  It also seems to keep them much calmer.  What does this mean to you?  We think that happier bees means better tasting honey.  You be the judge!

Right now in the apiary...

October 10, 2017.  We just completed our fall honey harvest, on September 16-17, which consisted of approximately 63 lbs of pure honey.  All 42 pints were sold by close of business the very next day, September 18.  What can we say?  Folks LOVE our honey.  Our 4 hives are now continuing to build up honey stores to get through the winter months.  The bees are feasting on all of the goldenrod and asters that we have growing wild here.  We are planning to expand our honey production next year by adding more beehives in the spring so stay tuned and don't give up on getting some Zook's Orchard honey!
Zook's Orchard now has beeswax!

Our beeswax is taken from our Zook's Orchard beehives during honey harvest, and then melted and moderately filtered using our solar wax melter.  We then re-melt the beeswax and use various molds to make the final solid beeswax shapes.  Since our beehives receive no chemicals or medications, our beeswax is chemical-free.  Perfect for making clean burning candles or just to sit out as a reminder of your visit to Zook's Orchard and the importance of honeybees.
We have wild blackberries everywhere and the honeybees love the blossoms.  Some say that blackberry honey is some of the best.  We are anxious to find out!
A Zook's Orchard honeybee gathering nectar from a Zook's Orchard blueberry blossom!
Zook's Orchard has over 100 redbud trees and our honeybees love them!  These early blooming trees get the girls off to a good start with their nectar and pollen gathering.
Our girls love the Zook's Orchard fall goldenrod!
Every fall Zook's Orchard is covered with wild goldenrod and white asters which both provide our honey bees with one final source of pollen and nectar for their buildup of honey stores going into winter.  Our beehives are surrounded by goldenrod!