Pure. Natural. Honey.
Bar Bell Bee Ranch only bottles and distributes pure, natural, honey. no additives, preservatives or flavors are ever infused into our honey. below are 7 varietals that have distinct and unique flavor profiles due the source of nectar from the flower, gathered by only the bees! We encourage you to try all the varieties of honey, as they contribute to a drink or dish in different ways.
This fresh, flavor forward honey comes from the basswood trees surrounding Black Duck, Minnesota. Suggestive of ripening fruit, basswood honey is notably one of Bar Bell Bee Ranch’s top sellers. it’s often claimed that there is a distinctive, minty lingering flavor on your pallet that makes this a ideal honey for teas, biscuits, scones and paired with a light cheese, such as a Havarti.
This rich in color and flavor, honey provides an extra zing to marinades or dressings and we strongly recommend drizzling it on your oatmeal; paired with walnuts and apricots. This polarizing honey has loyal followers that revel in its malty, molasses overtones and even find themselves using it for a sore throat or persistent cough. Buckwheat honey, isn’t for the faint of heart; but we recommend picking up a pound of the raw, and enjoying a spoonful of the creamy goodness, daily.
in the early spring, you can imagine how brilliant and electric yellow a field of dandelions are. that same yellow pollen makes it’s way into the honey bee hives and at the time of extraction the frames glow and drip with liquid gold, which makes Dandelion honey our favorite to extract. this uniquely flavored honey has the zest of an orange and other citrus fruits, along with a rich earthy flavor that pairs well with crisp apples and a soft goat cheese.
Close your eyes as you take in a spoonful of Orange blossom honey and you can taste summer. light citrus hints matched with smooth florals and simple freshness allow this honey to be used in a multitude of ways. summer siason’s, unique meads or infused in an ice cream with vanilla and lavender; Orange Blossom honey is as Versatile as any sweetener but is more often saved for special occasions and pairing with a lovely Toma Cheese and crispy crackers.
Light in color, this delicate honey hints to sweet clover-like flavors that often are subtle and missed if paired or overpowered by a tea or cheese. However, Sage honey offers a beautiful compliment that wont compromise a drink or dish while leaving aN elegant floral aftertaste on your pallet. We recommend that you use this honey on your morning toast or as you make a jelly or preserve for a refined sugar substitute.
At this time we do not have inventory of sunflower honey that we can stand by as being extra tasty; fingers crossed that the bees help us out with that this year.
Wildflower honey is as sweet as it smells; full of flavors that span from summer clover to rich alfalfa; this honey is a staple in any kitchen and on any peanut butter sandwich. Wildflower honey is Versatile as a sweetener and could be considered a table-top honey that can be used for just about anything. don’t mistake it for haivng a limited flavor profile; depending on the year wildflower honey can be off the charts tasty and have unique depth that will pair well in a salad dressing or drizzled on ripe strawberries.
Interested in Beekeeping?
Bar Bell Bee Ranch is a family owned and operated business that has a passion for beekeeping and honey production. Our team is small and works hard, while enjoying the outdoors and the cultivation of a health colony of bees. Working between Northern Minnesota and the Central Valley in California Bar Bell Bee Ranch operates a colony of approximately 1,000 hives. In this role of beekeeper you would have a critical part in the health and wellbeing of bees and the supporting of the local environment. We hope that you have a passion for learning, agriculture and nature.
If you are interested in this Beekeeping as a profession or hobby, send a summary of your qualifications, or interest to Eileen & Ed Menefee via email at BarBellB@PaulBunyan.net
What you can expect to do as a beekeeper:
Your day-to-day duties may include:
Building, inspecting or repairing hives
Introducing a new colony or maintaining an existing one
Feeding or checking the health of the bees
Monitoring the size of the colony and amount of honey produced
Treating the hives and bees to fight disease and pests
Collecting honey from hives
Grafting, breeding queen bees, smaller starter or ‘nucleus’ bee colonies
Participating in the honey extraction process
Help maintain beekeeping equipment and facilities
This individual must not be allergic to bees or bee stings
Must be able to lift 60lbs repetitively
Must be able to live and work in Northern Minnesota from the months of Mid-April - October
Non Smoking Individual
It’s a plus, but not mandatory if:
You have prior knowledge of beekeeping
You have a valid and current driver’s license
You have a experience operating a forklift
You are willing to travel to California in March to work for approximately 20-25 days