Below are some businesses that we have purchased products from and we are happy with our purchase. None are affiliate links and therefore we do not make any money if you buy from them. We just want to promote them. We also try to buy locally, when possible.
MJ’s Hometown Honey is my mentor’s bee business Facebook page. If you are looking for locally produced honey in the Des Moines metro area, I highly suggest buying from them.
Mann Lake was the supplier of the beekeeping kit I received through the IHPA Scholarship. They offered IHPA a great price and we were able to purchase a second set up at a reduced rate so the bees would have a better chance of surviving and Bethany could join me in this adventure.
At the IHPA annual conference in December of 2017, Abigail won a door prize of a gift card from Lappe’s Bees. Lappe’s Bee Supply & Honey Farm LLC is a local bee business.
Spring Valley Honey Farms and Beekeeping Supplies is a local beekeeping business. This is where we got our packages from.
Local Beekeeping Groups
Being part of a beekeeping group is important because one will get to know fellow beekeepers and will learn from other’s experience. Local beekeeping groups are also crucial because all beekeeping is local. It is OK to get general information from others, but for specifics, it is important to have local people one can turn to for advice.
Abigail received the 2018 Iowa Honey Producers Association (IHPA) Youth Scholarship. Besides the Youth Scholarship Program, they have an annual conference, annual summer field day, Queen Program, a booth at the Iowa State Fair, and special events throughout the year.
Abigail posts updates about her reign as the 2020 Iowa Honey Queen on the Iowa Honey Queen Program Facebook page. Be sure to like the page to keep up with all of Abigail’s activities.
The Central Iowa Beekeepers Association is a group of beekeepers from Central Iowa. They have semi-regular meetings and an annual auction. Abigail is the 2019 CIBA Honey Queen.
Des Moines Backyard Beekeepers is a small group of beekeepers from around the Des Moines metro area. While much of the interaction is done via a Facebook group. We meet once a month in person to discuss beekeeping and help each other learn and grow as beekeepers.