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Beginning Beekeeping Video Series: #2 Finding the Right Hive

Greetings from Savannah Bee! Now that you have decided to learn more about beekeeping and possibly even start you own hive next year, what’s next? Check out this short beginning beekeeping video for some advice from our very own apprentice beekeeper Usher. Are you new to beekeeping? Did you start your first hive this year?…

Ancient Egyptian Beekeeping

By 5000 BCE, ancient Egypt had hit an agricultural gold mine. The rich soil of the Fertile Crescent, combined with the development of irrigation systems allowed for crops and flowers to flourish.  It was during this same time, that the world was introduced to the first form of organized beekeeping. In the Sun Temple of…

Beginning Beekeeping Video Series: #1 Welcome

Greetings from Savannah Bee! As you might imagine, around here we talk about beekeeping a lot. That’s because Savannah Bee is so much more than just another company. Savannah Bee is a company built on the core principle of honoring and celebrating the magnificent honey bee. In fact, every person who joins the Savannah Bee…

New Mead Varieties at Savannah Bee

Savannah Bee’s mead program is thriving! Our first mead bar at Broughton Street had over 1,000 tastings in July. We’ve opened a second mead bar at the River street store. Bee on the lookout for a mead bar in Charleston! We’ve expanded our tasting selection from St. Ambrose still meads to include sparkling meads from…

From the Bee Garden: Wax Moths and Beetles

By now, you have probably heard of Colony Collapse Disorder. I am sure that you have read something online or seen it on the news somewhere. You may have even seen it on your social media in one of hundreds of groups that claim they found they reason for the decline in honey bee populations,…

What Is a Bee Smoker?

When people first find out that I’m a beekeeper, I often receive the same question. “How do you keep from getting stung all the time?” This curiosity is valid, as you would expect opening a hive of 60,000 + bees to be tremendously dangerous. Couple that with the fact that 1 out of every 3…

The Many Faces of Wildflower Honey

Wildflower honey is something that I believe everyone has probably seen, but most do not really understand. I am sure that they get the general concept but not the whole incredible wildflower honey picture. Everyone knows that it is honey, produced from the nectar, that the bees have gathered from multiple flower sources or varieties….

Winter White Honey and Christmas in July

Years ago, Savannah Bee introduced our now best-selling Winter White honey. Winter White honey is a whipped or creamed honey variety. This means that we use a large mixer to whip air into the honey which changes the honey’s color and texture. It is 100% pure raw honey, white, smooth, spreadable and absolutely delicious! This honey…

News From the Savannah Bee Apiary and Bee Garden

The Savannah Bee, bee garden is crazy right now. Nectar is flowing and our honey bees are super busy. Supers (bee boxes) are stacked high, and overall, I am very pleased with our bee’s current progress. Recently, I have been asked several times when we are going to harvest our bee garden honey. Luckily, we will…

Natural Beeswax Lip Balm: Southern Collection

Hey, y’all! We at Savannah Bee are proud to present the Southern Collection of Natural Beeswax Lip Balms. Our three new beeswax lip balm scents inspire daydreams of summer and capture the endearing charm of the South. Choosing a new favorite from the Southern Lip Balm Collection proved to be more difficult than I had…

Palmetto Honey

I mentioned in an earlier honey post that Leatherwood honey is probably my favorite honey. This is true…mostly. You see, every May the Sabal palmettos flower and by the end of June we harvest, in my opinion, the very best honey in the United States. Sabal palmetto (also know as cabbage palm or Carolina palmetto)…

An Update From the Savannah Bee Apiary and Bee Garden

Summer in Savannah is hot. Like seriously hot. The temperature today was 98 degrees today and the heat index was 114 degrees. Our bee garden has a 6-foot tall fence around it that blocks all the wind coming in from the nearby marsh. The air doesn’t flow very well and once you are out there…