When we moved onto the farm in 2016, the previous owners were generous enough to leave us two strong and healthy hives full of honey bees and a good start of beekeeping equipment. Several years later, with the help of a beekeeping mentor, Cherokee Beekeepers Association, and a lot of trial and error, we have several healthy and happy hives providing plenty of honey for us and our community.
Unexpectedly, our bees have become our pride and joy. Annie spends many many hours with them each season making sure they have the resources they need to be amazing pollinators and honey producers. More through pure dumb luck than skill as beekeepers, they have survived and thrived for the past few years. They are gentle, they smell amazing, and they provide us with plenty of honey to share with our community.
Here on The Little Farm, we harvest, process, and bottle all of our honey a single hive at a time. The original idea came from Annie's love of single barrel scotch. She had the idea that through the natural process of terroir, each hive could produce distinctly different flavor profiles of honey, even though the hives themselves were just a few feet apart in the apiary. She was right.