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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2009, 11:26:19 AM »
Actually what I say is "I don't use any chemicals in my hive".  This is more accurate.


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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #41 on: July 06, 2009, 01:45:15 PM »
That makes sense.  I just wondered if I could say that honestly since I use commercially produced foundation.  Thanks for the advice. 
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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #42 on: July 07, 2009, 12:27:55 AM »
anette,
Thank you.  Very few people realize the true value of honey.  The few beehives that I keep are producing exceptional honey. 
Most of it we use.
 I give away some 8oz glass jars and 4oz cut comb to our neighbors and friends. 

The little amount of honey that I sell is $5/lb in new 1 lb glass containers.  So far, I can sell as much as I produce. 

Over the 4th of July weekend, I had some help from a niece and nephew extracting, straining and bottling about 75lbs of honey.   The 20+ year-old farm kids from southern New England learned how much work it is for us . . . . and the bees.   

I gave them a swarm of bees in early June.   They are enthusiastic  about raising bees!

whenever I travel,  I buy honey farm stands, diners, farmers markets and locals.
We buy our meals the same way.

 I am a sucker for chunk comb honey, orange blossom,  Tupelo, etc.   My wife is always reminding me about how much honey we have at home in the pantry.

I am one of those people that will pay a higher price for quality.
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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #43 on: July 07, 2009, 03:57:02 PM »
Our bee club got a lecture on the status of Organic.

1. You're exempt from being certified organic if you sell less than $5000/year
2. No plastic can be in the hive
3. No fungicides, miticides or other non food grade chemicals.
4. powdered sugar is food grade.

So I can say I'm organic.

I don't think anyone distinguishes the nuance of organic beeking vs organic area beeking.  But I can say my bees are free ranging!

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I never say my honey is organic, but I do say it is chemical free.
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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #44 on: July 07, 2009, 05:56:59 PM »
Gotta love the term "free ranging." Especially with bees :D

I thought I had read somewhere that in order to have truly organic honey the hives had to be in an area so enormously organic that the bees couldn't forage anywhere where there was GM crops, pesticides, herbicides, etc. That would surely limit the production of organic honey, hey?

I think I will just take the lengthy route of explaining how my bees make their own wax, I use no manufactured chemical treatments, etc.
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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2009, 06:15:01 PM »
I believe that organic certification is federal driven and not state. The rule I hear all the time is you have to be in control of all foraging within a 3 mile radius of the hive, as that is pretty much impossible I do not believe any apiary could get certified as organic.

I also do not believe that anyone can be exempt to the requirement just based on volumn

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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #46 on: July 07, 2009, 06:54:14 PM »
I am of the strong opinion that anyone who wants something more that a trusted source for PURE, RAW local honey . . . that is to say someone who requires such honey to also be organic, has taken something just a bit too far.  Organic beef . . . fine.  Organic cheese . . . cool if that is what floats your boat.  Organic honey . . . . come on.  If the bees are alive, and the beek is known and trusted as far as pest control in the hive, then the honey is probably the best one can get.

1 # jar $6.95
22oz pint mason jar with cut comb inside - $12.00  (up a dollar from 08)
2 1/2 pound jar $15.00
12oz Bear  $5.50

Sell out (approx 600 pounds) by Nov 1st   Our web site stays open even tho we sell out, but to be fair, it is just one tab in our Millcreek Valley Farm web site so it is not a bad thing to have sold out on just one item found there.  BeeMaster is right about shipping - it costs plenty.  a few are willing to pay.  But most of what we ship is the personal care stuff.  Our site Googles very well for "utah local raw honey"  #3 first page last time I checked, so most sales are our shows and at our home.

Harvest this Friday . . . 7 mediums packed and waiting with good flow still goin on.  We had lotta rain this spring, and you know what they say about April showers, 'cept it was all of May too!
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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2009, 11:32:40 PM »
This year was the first time my girls had a surplus. I harvested enough honey from 1 hive in June to fill 48 pint jars. My dad and I sold them for $6.50. They were all gone in 2 days.

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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #48 on: July 08, 2009, 12:29:19 AM »
anette,
Thank you.  Very few people realize the true value of honey.  The few beehives that I keep are producing exceptional honey. 
Most of it we use.
 I give away some 8oz glass jars and 4oz cut comb to our neighbors and friends. 

The little amount of honey that I sell is $5/lb in new 1 lb glass containers.  So far, I can sell as much as I produce. 

Over the 4th of July weekend, I had some help from a niece and nephew extracting, straining and bottling about 75lbs of honey.   The 20+ year-old farm kids from southern New England learned how much work it is for us . . . . and the bees.   

I gave them a swarm of bees in early June.   They are enthusiastic  about raising bees!

whenever I travel,  I buy honey farm stands, diners, farmers markets and locals.
We buy our meals the same way.

 I am a sucker for chunk comb honey, orange blossom,  Tupelo, etc.   My wife is always reminding me about how much honey we have at home in the pantry.

I am one of those people that will pay a higher price for quality.

I also purchase honey anywhere I go and for almost any price.  That's why I know I can charge so much for my honey.

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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #49 on: July 08, 2009, 12:54:25 AM »
I still fantasize about the sourwood chunk honey I bought in TN 2 summers ago. They were selling it for $10 for a quart jar. I still kick myself for not buying out their entire stock!!
The pedigree of honey
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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #50 on: July 08, 2009, 08:03:17 AM »
I sell mine for
 2.50 half pint
 3.00 12 oz bear
 5.00 pint
 10.00 quart
I'm probably under pricing it but it supports my bee habit so I'm satisfied and my customers keep coming back. As a matter of fact I can't keep enough on hand so I guess I'll have to get more bee's. More bees more honey more honey more bees is'nt it great.

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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #51 on: July 08, 2009, 08:46:51 AM »
Currently sell 12oz for $5.00.


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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #52 on: July 08, 2009, 09:01:35 AM »
One season, about a half a dozen years ago now, I  sold honey in 1/2 pint, pint and quart containers through my website. It was a bumper year and I wanted to see how well the BEEMASTER'S OWN SELECT HONEY BLEND HONEY would sell. I spent three weeks going to the post office nearly every day with mostly purchases of 1/2 pints which I was getting a whopping $6.95 for, pint $11.95 and quart $20.95 - I even had 1 ounce sample jars for grouping a collection of different flavor assortment packs, but never used those, I only had a previous seasons late Fall and Summer flow, which are very different but still only two flavors. I know all really great prices, but I had a marketable name, with a good website following even before the forum was started.

The shipping was the killer of course, people didn't mind paying extra for the Beemaster name, but they cringed at shipping costs, which really drove up cost. It really was a great income but I ran out so fast.

I always had a dream of a Beemaster Member's Select or Premium Blend - make a business using the resources of the membership to help sell their products and offer a great choice of flavors to the customers.

Then the idea to be commercial free came to mind, being different and NOT having anyone dictate how the site is ran or how it looks really set into my mind and I never looked back.

Although honestly, with someone who is good at logistics and reliable membership able to ship quanties when needed, we could really have a very competitive supplier of honey with that local marketplace feel.

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Re: How much do you sell a pound of honey for in your area?
« Reply #53 on: July 08, 2009, 10:33:56 AM »
One season, about a half a dozen years ago now, I  sold honey in 1/2 pint, pint and quart containers through my website. It was a bumper year and I wanted to see how well the BEEMASTER'S OWN SELECT HONEY BLEND HONEY would sell. I spent three weeks going to the post office nearly every day with mostly purchases of 1/2 pints which I was getting a whopping $6.95 for, pint $11.95 and quart $20.95 - I even had 1 ounce sample jars for grouping a collection of different flavor assortment packs, but never used those, I only had a previous seasons late Fall and Summer flow, which are very different but still only two flavors. I know all really great prices, but I had a marketable name, with a good website following even before the forum was started.

The shipping was the killer of course, people didn't mind paying extra for the Beemaster name, but they cringed at shipping costs, which really drove up cost. It really was a great income but I ran out so fast.

I always had a dream of a Beemaster Member's Select or Premium Blend - make a business using the resources of the membership to help sell their products and offer a great choice of flavors to the customers.

Then the idea to be commercial free came to mind, being different and NOT having anyone dictate how the site is ran or how it looks really set into my mind and I never looked back.

Although honestly, with someone who is good at logistics and reliable membership able to ship quanties when needed, we could really have a very competitive supplier of honey with that local marketplace feel.
the post office now has a variety of fixed-price shipping boxes that i ship jam / jelly / honey to friends and g.i.'s overseas.  i use the med-large boxes and they run ~$11, regardless of weight. last time i sent 6 jars of goodies, the p.o. worker told me i'd saved >$10 over conventional shipping. 




 

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