Welcome to the apiary page! Northland apiary started in 2017 as a project to learn more about honey bee veterinary medicine. From 2 colonies, its grown into about 25 colonies. 2020 is the first year colonies were tested for hygienic behavior and selected for queen breeding stock. We had a successful queen rearing season, making about 25 nucs that were either sold or overwintered. All of our bees overwinter in Minnesota, so we select for overwintering ability, honey/colony production, hygienic behavior and disease resistance.
We also sell our locally made, raw honey. It’s such a treat to be able to sample honey from different yards and compare it for floral flavor, sweetness and color. Bees are truly amazing little critters.
We offer a limited amount of honey for sale. Pick up locally in Northfield. Please send us an email for orders.
In 2021 we’ve added a “single source” component to honey harvesting. This means we harvest in small batches and are able to produce honey with very different flavor, depending on nectar source and time of year the honey is produced. Here are our 2021 varieties:
Northfield Spring Honey– this honey is light, mild and very sweet. Goes well on toast.
Wildflower-very floral, complex and rich. Goes well on pancakes and in cookies or breads.
Basswood– Light, somewhat minty flavor. Goes well in tea and on yogurt.
Prairie– this honey was harvested from a patch of prairie just outside of Northfield. It’s light, floral and simple. Goes well on toast, by the spoonful, and in desserts.
Payment via cash, check or Venmo.
We are also selling limited numbers of nucleus colonies this spring, as supplies last. If beekeeping has always been your dream and you’d like to give it a try from your own backyard, get on our list for spring 2022 nucs!
For more information please contact us below.