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We represent up to 8 local Arizona bee keepers depending upon the season. They distribute their hives and harvest honey from many different areas like Buckeye, Camp Verde, Flagstaff, Mesa, Lake Pleasant, Gilbert, San Tan Valley, and Wickenburg. This allows us to provide a wide variety of local seasonal raw honeys. Uniquely delicious, natural flavors include orange blossom, alfalfa, mesquite, desert wild flower, Flagstaff wild flower and catsclaw. From time to time we get small batches of rare honeys like creosote bush, camelthorn, fairy duster, prickly pear or staghorn (cholla) cactus honey. We also have a great variety of pollen and when available propolis and royal jelly.


beekeeping hives in an orange grove

Bee Basics

By on April 4, 2014

A Super Organism

The honeybee is estimated to be 30,000,000 years old.

Everybody or most everybody knows that honeybees live in colonies in structures called hives. This all seems elementary. A bee is a bug that flies and lives with a bunch of others in this kind of apartment complex thing that, we humans call a hive. The bees all get together and build these somewhere..right? Right OK fine.

Well that was all well and good until a fellow named Johannes Mehring (1815-1878) comes along. Johannes was a cabinetmaker and an apiarist, meaning he was a beekeeper. Johannes came up with the bright idea that a bee colony, the hive and all the bees that fly to and from it, is actually a single being, equivalent to a vertebrate animal. This was nearly two hundred years ago that Johannes came up with this.

According to Johannes the worker bees represent the body organs that take care of maintenance and digestion while the queen and drones represent the male and female sex organs.

This is kind of a different way to look at things isn’t it?

The biologist William Morton Wheeler (1865-1937) coined the term “superorganism”. He is referring to ant colonies. This term has now been taken and applied to bee colonies as well. The highly respected contemporary scientist, Jürgen Tautz author of the popular book titled, “The Buzz about Bees” has, pardon the expression, upped the ante. Jürgen holds that a bee colony should actually be considered a mammal. If I understand Jürgen correctly, he is saying that the superorganism, known as the bee colony, if not completely mammalian, it is at least mammal like. He holds that a bee colony is not only a single being, but is smarter the some vertebrate animals.

For the Bee Informant the world has become a slightly stranger place since seeing Jürgen’s view.

What first comes to mind for the writer is simply this; If we know the workers are the digestive-maintenance organs and the drones-queens are the reproductive aspect, well then…where is the mind or more easily located where is the brain?

This study of bees as a superorganism is another opportunity to look at the life of individuals and feel the wild wonder of life on this here planet, Earth.

Since the writer knows almost nothing about bees, he will necessarily, proceed simply at first. Then as his own understanding grows, perhaps he will go deeper toward understanding, that is, understanding at least this one being, in God’s great existence. Perhaps this superorganism, can help us to percieve our own being a little more clearly?

It is from Jürgen’s book, “The Buzz About Bees”, that my future writings will be based. That is at least until further notice.

Bees Collecting Honey

By on November 14, 2012

Bees on Lavender 2

Mystery of the Disappearing Bees Solved

By on November 14, 2012

  If it were a novel, people would criticize the plot for being too far-fetched – thriving colonies disappear overnight without leaving a trace, the bodies of the victims are never found. Only in this case, it’s not fiction: It’s

Turmeric Honey

By on August 1, 2017

This month’s Phoenix Magazine has an article on our Turmeric and Honey. Link to Phoenix Mag article. Below is the article written by Shelby Moore. What healers across India have known for thousands of years about the benefits of turmeric,

New Spring Schedule

By on March 3, 2017

Spring Markets Downtown Phoenix May through October: 8 am – 12 pm October through April: 8 am – 1 pm 721 North Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona SE Corner of Central Ave. & McKinley Street 2 blocks south of Roosevelt Downtown

Coconut Pecan Breakfast Bars

By on September 25, 2015

Coconut oil 2 eggs 1 banana, mashed ¼ cup Absolutely Delightful Honey ½ tsp vanilla ⅓ cup coconut flour 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 4 Tbs coconut milk ½ cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350°F. Use the coconut oil

Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce

By on September 25, 2015

4 (6 oz) skinless, boneless chicken breasts 2 tsp olive oil 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1/8 tsp salt 1/4 cup thinly sliced white onion 1/2 cup beer (non-­alcohol if preferred) 2 Tbs lower-­sodium soy sauce 1 Tbs whole-­grain

Peachy Cobbler

By on September 24, 2015

¼ cup Absolutely Delightful Peach Honey 1 Tbs cornstarch ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 6 peaches, peeled, cut into ½-inch slices 2 tsp lemon juice 1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix 1 Tbs Absolutely Delightful Peach Honey ⅓ cup milk 1 Tbs

Lemon Honey Spritzer

By on September 24, 2015

2 Tablespoons Absolutely Delightful Lemon Honey 1 Tablespoon warm water 2 to 3 sprigs fresh mint ½ lime 1 can seltzer water generous amount of ice *OPTIONAL: 2 shots rum to make it into a Mojito Spoon lemon honey into

Waggle Dance

By on January 7, 2015

This Nova episode aired  back in November 2012 it features the Waggle Dance of the honey bee. Honeybees communicate using the “waggle dance,” a form of bee body language. A worker bee will shake her body after finding a food

Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey Vanilla Yogurt

By on August 21, 2014

This is a fruit salad recipe that is on the Food Network website: Combine the yogurt, honey, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean seeds in a bowl and set aside. Combine the orange juice and banana slices in a separate bowl.

Poached Pears in Honey, Ginger and Cinnamon Syrup

By on August 21, 2014

Here is another recipe that Annalee found on the Food Network website: In a saucepan large enough to hold all the pears, combine the wine, simple syrup, cinnamon stick halves, honey, and ginger. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla

Honey Vanilla Lemonade

By on August 21, 2014

Here is another recipe that Annalee found on the Food Network website: In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, honey, and 2 cups water and place over medium-high heat. Cut the vanilla bean in 1/2 lengthwise, then, using the back