Raw Local Honey
Meyer Bees’ beekeeping and honey production process involves monitoring the hives to add honey supers at appropriate times to maximize local honey while still allowing the bees to build up sufficient honey for themselves to survive Chicago, Illinois winters.
Once the bees have capped the frames in a honey super, the frames are harvested and are transported back to our honey extraction room. When beekeeping and honey extracting, we remove the cappings and put the frames into an extractor which spins the frames at high speed. The honey is flung out of the cells and exits the extractor where it runs through a mesh screen. The screen removes large wax shavings from the cappings and miscellaneous debris from the honey. The screen allows all the good stuff (pollen, nutrients, enzymes, etc.) through while removing undesirables.
We harvest honey and perform separate honey extraction several times a season and each batch will have a slightly different flavor/color based on the nectar sources available at the time. Wax cappings are also saved for use in other products such as candles, lip balm, etc.
Get 100% Raw Honey from Meyer Bees
At no point do we alter our honey in any way – we do NOT pasteurize or blend our honey with other products. Our honey is 100% raw honey. Try purchasing raw honey at different times of the year to experience the various flavors.
To purchase honey, call us at 815-521-9116 or email [email protected].
We stock a variety of different glass and plastic bottles and can custom package up our local honey to meet your needs. Weddings, gift baskets, special occasions and events are just a few ideas where honey is a good choice.
Our Honey Apiaries
Meyer Bees manages hives and local honey production at multiple sites (called apiaries) in the Chicagoland area. We have apiaries in Minooka, Illinois, as well as many surrounding cities including: Plainfield, Joliet, Downers Grove, Homer Glen, Oswego, Newark, Shorewood, Morris and Lockport.
Varietal Honey From Across the USA
We are working with a handful of other beekeepers across North America and have located some that produce unique monofloral varieties of honey. These varieties are created when the bees forage primarily on one nectar source for an extended period of time. It takes a bit of extra work for the beekeeper and the honey supers must be installed when the nectar flow begins and then removed promptly as the nectar flow ends. This ensures that only the desired floral variety contributed to the honey flavor.
In the Minooka IL area where our colonies are located we typically do not have enough of any one flower variety to produce mono varieties so instead our local honey is considered a wildflower mix.
We currently have the following varietal honey available in our Minooka IL showroom. Honey can also be shipped. (limited supply on some varieties):
- Agave Blossom Honey
- Alfalfa Blossom Honey
- Avocado Blossom Honey
- Blackberry Blossom Honey
- Blueberry Blossom Honey
- Buckwheat Blossom Honey
- Clover Blossom Honey
- Cranberry Blossom Honey
- Eucalyptus Blossom Honey
- Fireweed Blossom Honey
- Mesquite Blossom Honey
- Orange Blossom Honey
- Star Thistle Blossom Honey
- Tupelo Blossom Honey
- Wildflower Honey (local)
We occasionally harvest local bee pollen from our colonies when the bees are actively collecting it. It is important to not collect too much or you can set the hive back. The pollen is cleaned and then packaged. We currently have local bee pollen available in our Minooka IL showroom. Pollen bottles can also be shipped (limited availability as pollen is seasonal).
Manuka Honey vs Minooka Honey
We sometimes get asked for Minooka honey and what customers really mean is that they want Manuka honey. So just to clarify:
- Minooka Honey is available in our shop and is from our apiaries in Minooka, IL
- Manuka Honey is available in our shop and is a monofloral honey produced from the nectar of the mānuka tree, Leptospermum scoparium. The honey is commonly sold as an alternative medicine. The mānuka tree is found primarily in New Zeland and Australia.