It all started as a hobby... an unusual hobby for a 21 year old accounting student but a hobby none the less. Hobby soon became obsession and upon graduating University Matthew took to growing his beekeeping business. Focusing on producing 'beelicious' honey with industry beating levels of traceability.
Fast forward and in 2019 we started experimenting with infused honeys and we haven’t looked back since, while natural honey takes some beating, the subtle infusions add just a bit more excitement to your breakfast, cup of coffee or cooking.
Each morning, when English weather permits, a small number of our scout bees leave the hive in search of the flowering plants and nectar on our farm, returning to tell the rest of the girls where the best and most abundant nectar can be found. In the spring we move our honey bees and their hives out to their spring apiary, some hives will stay at the farm all year but most will move after the Oil Seed Rape has finished flowering in May.
A Peak District pilgrimage… our bees make the most of the Heather moors in later summer.
While foraging a single honey bee will visit only one variety of flowering plant per trip.
Apis Mellifera or as most people know them, European Honey Bees, play a massive part in our eco-system, providing much needed pollination which ensures we can grow fruits, vegetables and even chocolate!
Of course, what we are interested in is their amazing ability to collect nectar from flowers and concentrate that down into beautiful honey. Being from the Balkans our bees have an amazing ability to quickly build up honey in times of good weather before very quickly stopping producing brood (baby bees) when the weather turns cold during the winter.
Our bees are a strain called Carniolan which are native to the Balkans, they are really frugal and can get through even very long winters well.
Traceability in honey is so important that’s why we go above and beyond regulations and add a unique number to each jar. Batch numbers are required but we go on step further and do it by jar instead. From our apiary sights and hives we know exactly where our honey was harvested from and can tell what flowers the bees will have been producing from.
We filled around 16,000 jars in 2021! For 2022 we have expanded processing facilities which can handle over double the amount of jars.