Bar Bell Bee Ranch
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family owned & operated since 1976

local. Natural. honey.

 

About

Our team of Apiarist manage just over nine hundred hives in a colonies of honey bees, in and around the Chippewa National Forest in Northern Minnesota. These honeybees produce different tasting varieties of honey depending on the floral source. The honeybees travel many miles from the hive to gather nectar and pollen. Some of the floral sources the honeybees use to produce delicious honey come from wildflowers and cultivated crops. We are able to distinguish the different varieties by taste and location of the hives. These honeys include; alfalfa, basswood, buckwheat clover, dandelion, sunflower and wildflower. We are also able to offer California varieties; orange blossom and sage.

In mid-to-late summer, once the honeybees have filled their hive, we extract the extra honey from the comb using a centrifuge extractor. Over time some honey naturally crystallizes. Our raw and unprocessed honey is usually crystallized giving the honey a smooth and creamy texture, almost like butter. Spread it on your toast, and your fingers will not get sticky! US Grade A processed honey has been filtered and heated, and if it crystallizes, gently heat the honey in warm to hot water until it is liquid again. But if you keep processed honey in the freezer, it will not crystallize. Our honey is locally produced and we package it ourselves. We sell honey direct to customers, farmers markets, retail outlets, wholesale buyers, bakeries, breweries and wineries. You may have seen our honey at the Minnesota State Fair, Land of the Loon or the Blueberry Arts Festival and now in the summer of 2018 the Linden Hills Farmers Market. 

 

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Offerings

Honey Products

We offer 6 varietals of liquid honey, and up to 5 varietals of raw and unprocessed; Basswood, Buckwheat, Dandelion, Sage, Sunflower, Orange Blossom and Wildflower. All our honey can be purchased in bulk quantities. 

 

wax products

Buy in bulk or small quantities for your special project. Our filtered, natural bees wax comes straight from the extracting room on the farm. We Also offer a variety of candles in stock and for special order that we showcase at the art fairs and farmers market. 

 

bees & services

Our bee keepers put together nucs, or commonly known as a bee starter kit, consisting of 5 frames of bees and a queen. These nucs are developed and grown in California, and arrive in Minnesota in early April. Arrange to reserve and pick up your order now, as nucs sell out every year.