We started keeping bees, because we wanted pollinators for our large flower garden. Once we had a few hives, we fell in love with the fascinating honey bees and their mysterious world.
Honey bees have been admired since before we had a written language. Honey hunting scenes in bold red paint that date back over 15,000 years testify to our ancient love affair with honey.
Learning about bees has been a fascinating journey, one that has taken us throughout the United States and Europe. In 2006 Kirsten Traynor received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation, awarded annually to 10 young American leaders in their field. The scholarship permitted her to travel throughout Europe, examining the differences in American and European beekeeping methods, European honey marketing and the health benefits of bee hive products.
As our logo above demonstrates, we live in a global world. Bees contribute significantly to our food supply, directly or indirectly pollinating every third bite we eat.
We live in the scenic Middletown Valley in Maryland, a gorgeous rolling landscape filled with bounty for our bees. We manage our bee hives intensively, working with the natural biology of the bees to keep our bees healthy in a time when many beekeepers have difficulty keeping bees alive. We never treat our bees with antibiotics or pesticides, keeping our bees to European organic standards.
Our hives are kept in apiaries of 10-20 colonies. As we prefer to house our bees out of the direct sun in dappled shade, where the sunlight flickers in and out, we named our first apiary Flickerwood.
||Garden of the Institute of Bee Research in Celle, Germany, where I was based during my research fellowship as a German Chancellor Scholar.
This website is intended as an informational resource for honey consumers. We know how difficult it is to find high quality honey. Much of the honey sold in supermarkets is produced outside of the United States. It is heated and filtered, then blended to achieve a neutral honey taste.
Our honey is processed in small batches, capturing the unique bouquet and aroma of each season. We pride ourselves on providing pure, delicious, raw honey without the use of heat. Bees can fly up to 12 miles, but prefer to gather nectar predominantly within a 2-3 mile radius. While we keep our bees to European organic standards, we do not call our honey organic, as we can not control from what blossoms our bees gather nectar. To the best of our knowledge, there is no swath of land large enough in the Unites States to produce true organic honey.
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