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Boys of the Hive: All About Drones

Male honeybees, called drones, make up a very small population of a beehive.  This is largely because in the life of a honeybee, traditional gender roles are reversed! At the peak of the season, the average bee hive will contain about 100-200 drones.  They are considered very high maintenance and require being fed and cared…

Available October First – Acacia Honeycomb Jars!

Available Now, Raw Acacia Honeycomb Jars! This post was written just before the release of this incredible product in the fall of 2015. Savannah Bee honeycomb jars are back and better than ever! We’ve brought back a top-selling honey product after five years. This time, it is an Acacia honeycomb, suspended in a hexagonal jar, filled with…

The Difference Between Honey Bees, Bumble Bees, and Wasps?

One of the most cringe-worthy things for a beekeeper is the constant misconception people have about honey bees being these evil insects that deliberately sting. Whether it’s the sting you get at a summer cookout, whilst gardening, or by the pool, it’s most likely not the honey bee that has been the culprit all these…

Raw Honeycomb with Bee Bread

Bee Bread is really the term for pollen that has made it into the beehive, been mixed with nectar to sweeten and preserve it and packed down into the individual honeycomb cells for storage. Some people think the bees collect the pollen to make honey, which they actually make from the nectar of a flower,…

Sourwood, Lovely Sourwood

Such a fickle bloom. It can grow a number of places, but the blooms only produce nectar in the Southern Appalachians. Even then you can really only make honey at  higher elevations, therefore,  the  window is extremely small for available bee yards capable of  making this beautiful honey, which is arguably the best in the…

The Warre Hive

A few months ago, a friend directed me towards a website for a company called Bee Thinking. Aside from one of the coolest names I had heard for a honey bee oriented company, I realized that they were as passionate about their work as I feel that Savannah Bee Company is about our work. This…

The Bee Cause Project

A few years ago during a meeting at Savannah Bee, Ted Dennard the company owner and founder, commented that he would like to place 1000 observation hives in 1000 different schools across the country. Initially, I took this idea to be one of great vision but also completely unrealistic and logistically impossible. One thing that…

Good to be a Beekeeper

Spring officially begins at that meristematic moment when I open a beehive and see fresh drawn combs filling with nectar and pollen. Back-lit honeybees in the early morning sunlight pack frenetic sky-ways with activity as they zoom out of the hive to hidden sources of abundance and then, heavy laden with a full nectar tank…

April Fools’ Day Mystery Special!

Happy April Fools’ Day from Savannah Bee! Today, we are excited to bring you our very first April Fools’ Day online special. Our special today is very different from other promotions and specials we typically offer. Today, we are offering you a mystery gift! I will say that the gift is incredible. In fact, it…

Absence and the Heart: Savannah Bee Grows Up

As I write, I find myself on the rugged Pacific coast of Mexico. A small town of 2500 people, lots of great food and a constant supply of waves, Las Olas. This small paradise has blue waters and white foam capped walls sweeping in like slow hands on this Pacific clock. I can honestly say…

How Do You Bring a Bee Company to Life? Reflections of 2014

Dang, this year has certainly galloped toward the finish in record time and I’m still yearning for the months to slow down. Nonetheless, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Bee Company. It’s the time of year when we have to look over the business and see how we’ve done, plan where we are…

Fall From A Beekeeper’s Perspective.

Today we mowed in our flower garden that was full of Zinnias. It is tough to destroy the hold-out flowers and the upcoming buds that have been hanging on and blooming on a mostly dried up plant. So we did one last picking of the flowers before the mowers arrived. I now have a big…