When Michael and Nicole Willard go into their Fairfax back yard you can hear the excitement. "We joke and say we truly are in the land of milk and honey so Vermont is ideal for conditions for honey bees," said Michael Willard.
"It started as a casual interest and you just go head first into it and are enamored by it and just love keeping bees," Willard said.
Now this labor of love produces just under 1000 pounds of honey or 1000 jars a year. "Basically a third of the food we consume is directly related to honey bee pollination," he said.
This day Green Mountain Bee Farm is removing supers, or honey frames, off of the colonies, a process that only happens once a year. "We remove the supers off the colonies then we'll extract the honey off those supers and then bottle it up," Willard said.
Nothing from these 12 production colonies goes to waste here. Bees wax gets melted and molded into hydrating lotion bars and lip balms that contain no water. And there's much to be learned about these buzzing creatures -- from how they fly, to the way they hatch. "Literally the egg for that bee was laid 21 days ago, so that's a bee emerging. That's why there's spotted open cells around, because bees have emerged," he said.
Emerging and growing just like this Made in Vermont business.
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