KNOW YOUR PEOPLE Monday, October 14, 2013

beeGetting to Know Queen Bee Honey Company’s Karen Finley

Everybody has always loved honey. It’s sweetened our teas and our pop songs. Chances are, honey’s what you’ve named your sweetheart—unless you’re some kind of insufferable churl.

But honey doesn’t make itself. We sat down to talk how they honey’s made with Queen Bee’s Karen Finley who—with her husband Tad Buford—has been harvesting honey for the last 20 years.

Q: How much honey do you harvest each year?

A: Last year, we had 2,000 hives—each hive is home to about 50,000 bees—and each hive makes about 30 pounds of honey on average.

Q: So why beekeeping?

A: There’s a diversity of skills involved. It means having an understanding of botany and zoology. But we love bees. Once you know how they work, they’re pretty easy to fall in love with.

Q: What do you think we should think about when we think about bees?

A: The simplification of our landscape threatens their survival. Bees travel across our checkered landscape, and they see how we live from the air. (The more we encroach into their habitat) There’s a loss of habitat.

Q: Have you been stung today?

A: (Laughs) I haven’t been stung today. I probably get stung every couple of days, but not always.

Queen Bee Honey can be enjoyed in our granola, a wide variety of baked goods and, of course, atop your waffles, and pancakes, in the form or our special blend of honey butter syrup.*

*Chances are, though, if what we cook’s made with some kind of fruit or vegetable, a bee was involved. Possibly a Queen Bee bee. You never know.