Our Honey

September, 2019

The month recognizes both the honey bee and the beekeepers who tend the hives. It also encourages everyone to enjoy and buy locally grown honey.

Hobby Bee Keeping in Naples, Florida

Our honey bottle shown to the right is currently a one pound bottle of pure local honey that has been taken directly from the hive to the bottle.  They contain all the nutrients, antioxidants, and antibacterial properties of unprocessed raw honey. It is never heated and always bottled within minutes of extraction from the hive. It doesn’t get any fresher or more natural than this.  We use no chemicals in or around our apiary and only extract capped honey from the hives (important! …because not all honey available in a hive has always been fully processed by the bees) and do multiple refractometer readings to make sure the honey is at or below the maximum 18.5% moisture content for quality honey.  By using precise methods to extract our NaplesBees honey we are able to protect the natural and healthy enzymes present.   Click here for a short video explaining why local raw honey has all the health benefits you won’t find in the store bought honey .   The rich amber color shade of our honey varies from lighter to darker depending on the source of the nectar, which is a result of what flora is naturally available to the bees in the particular months of the seasons.

Pricing of NaplesBees honey when available:
Our honey availability is always kept current on this page, so check back often. 

UPDATE: August  2019
Our most recent honey harvest is completed
and our honey is now available in the bottle
size shown below !!
Quantity Bottle Size and Type
Price each  Available
1 One pound (16oz) plastic squeeze
One pound BRICK of raw beeswax
This is melted down wax comb remaining after our honey harvests. The melted wax is poured through a fine screen to make approximately 1 pound bricks of pure beeswax.  Suitable for making candles and other beeswax products.

If you are local to the Naples, Florida area, you can simply use the contact form below and send us a message with the quantity desired and we will respond with how you can pick up the honey.  If ordering a total of 50 dollars or more of honey, I will deliver to your local Naples area door at no charge if within our 5 miles delivery area.  We can usually deliver within a day.  Your message to us should be answered within a few hours.

Free Delivery area for $35 order

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Our honey bottle front label was produced with artistic license by one of those responsible for starting this hobby beekeeping adventure.  Although there may be a resemblance to the famous farmer and his wife, rest assured these two young faces are related to the beginning of this beekeeping endeavor.  The Depression-era understanding of American Gothic extolled the original farmer and his wife as steadfast embodiments of American virtue and the pioneer spirit…..  “American democracy was built upon the labors of men and women of stout hearts and firm jaws, such people as shown”

Our regular honey bottle back label contains all the information to meet the Florida State requirements for selling our honey.

Benefits of Local Raw Honey:

The general consensus is that raw honey straight from the hive, unlike grocery store processed commercial honey, is the best. The web is full of articles relating to the many health benefits of such raw honey……here are a few links…..

What will happen to your body when you eat honey.

Think that honey you buy at the supermarket is the real stuff?  Leave it to the Chinese as millions of pounds of imported honey may not be what you think it is.  Netflix has an informative documentary series called “Rotten” and the first episode is all about honey and some of the shady things that go on in the commercial end of beekeeping.

If you think all honey is the same, read this very recent article on what the Chinese and others are up to regarding importing honey!

If you care about what kind of honey you are eating, always seek out LOCAL area honey.  Most store bought honey will be adulterated in some way and many contain Chinese imported honey, probably the absolute worst honey you can consume:
This is a global problem in the commercial honey industry!!

Another general summary is written by the clinical nutritionist, Dr. Axe, on his site Food is Medicine .

The following is an excerpt from another very interesting article, “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey“. Read the whole article and comments for a great revue of all aspects of natural raw unprocessed honey:

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey

As far as natural sweeteners go, honey does have a place. The main thing to remember when it comes to honey is that not all honey is created equal. The antibacterial activity in some honeys is 100 times more potent than in others, while processed refined honey will lack many of these beneficial properties altogether. Your average domestic “Grade A” type honey found in the grocery store is likely highly processed. It’s also been found that more than 75 percent of the honey on American supermarket shelves may be ultra-processed—to the point that all inherent medicinal properties are completely gone—and then smuggled into the country by the barrel drum. Nearly all of this “fake” honey is made in China. Some of these brokers will even create bogus country of origin papers. All 60 jars of “honey” tested by Food Safety News (FSN) came back negative for pollen, which is a clear sign of ultra-processing.15 According to FSN:

“The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies. The food safety divisions of the World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others have also ruled that without pollen, there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.”

In their investigation, FSN discovered the following:

  • 76 percent of honey samples bought at grocery stores (such as TOP Food, Safeway, QFC, Kroger, Harris Teeter, etc.) were absent of pollen
  • 77 percent of the honey from big box stores (like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, and Target) were absent of pollen
  • 100 percent of the honey sampled from drug stores (like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS Pharmacy) were absent of pollen

The good news is all of the samples from farmers markets, co-ops, and natural stores like Trader Joe’s had the full, proper compliment of pollen, as did organic brands from common grocery stores. When choosing honey, be sure it is raw, unfiltered, and 100% pure, from a trusted source.