Beekeepers in New Jersey reap the glorious bounty of sweet honey, and many sell a variety of honey products that are garnering a lot of attention among buyers.
Products include honey – of course – as well as cosmetics, lotions, candles, soaps, flavored honey spreads and more. It’s a sticky business – pun intended – that sells New Jersey products from near and far. Beekeepers in the state sell their honey products on-site, in stores or farmer’s markets, online, or a combination of all of them. For many, it is a family operation, and some date back several generations.
For a list of members of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association who sell products from their apiaries, visit njbeekeepers.org and click on Honey & Hive Products. Here are some highlights of the sweet products made and sold by local beekeepers:
Bee Flower and Sun Honey in Pittstown
beeflowernsunhoney.com or 908-735-6946
For four decades, this raw honey has been sold unfiltered for flavor and to preserve its natural antioxidants, pollen, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Varieties of honey include cornflower flower, clover flower, star thistle flower, wild flower, buckwheat flower, and infused Ceylon cinnamon, as well as comb honey.
Gold beekeepers E&M at Tinton Falls
emgoldbeekeepers.com or 732-542-6528
E&M Gold owners, Mary and Edmund Kosenski, work diligently to protect their bees from disease. Their beeswax candles are popular, and in recent years about half of their sales have been 2 and 6 ounce jars of honey for weddings and baby shower or bridal parties.
Frank’s honey in Ridgewood
Frank’s Honey is 100% pure, raw, all-natural local honey, harvested and hand extracted from Bergen County beehives, then poured fresh into bottles to preserve its high quality sweetness. Her honey jars, honey hand lotion, and honey lip balm are available at several stores in Bergen County.
Gooserock Farm in Montville
gooserockfarm.com or 973-263-0674
For 20 years, Landi Simone produced raw and minimally filtered honey from beehives in Morris and Sussex counties. She also collects beeswax to make creams, soaps, lip balms and candles. Gooserock Farm has won hundreds of awards for its honey, candles and cosmetics at local, national and regional shows.
HarBee beekeeping in Dumont
harbeebeekeeping.com or 201-543-3549
Pat Harrison’s suburban beekeeping business produces honey, multi-scent natural bar soaps, aromatherapy candles, and pure beeswax candles. It maintains 200 honey bee colonies throughout New Jersey and offers The Good Beekeeper Plan, a hands-off beekeeping service for owners.
Apiaries at Neshanic station at Neshanic station
njlocalhoney.com or 908-377-1681
This small family business sells its raw wildflower honey to preserve its antibacterial and antifungal properties, rich in enzymes, minerals and pollen. Popular products include Beekeepers Bar soaps and Creamy Honey Spread.
New Arche apiaries in Montclair Heights
Joseph Sarbak learned beekeeping through a local adult education course. He now sells honey and related products. Its Honeybee Venom Rub gently relieves muscle and joint pain, and bee propolis extract, a natural tincture that acts as a powerful natural antibiotic, an antiviral and antifungal medication, is effective in healing cuts.
Sweet Cheeks Farm and Apiary in Chester
sweetcheeksfarm.com or 908-809-0202
Sweet Cheeks Farm recently took over the Tassot Apiaries, whose owners retired after 20 years. The 16-acre farm sells organic honey and products such as beeswax candles and honey butters in flavors such as cinnamon, chocolate, lemon, peanut butter, chai to vanilla and matcha green tea.
Bee farm on top of the mountain in Wantage
honeyforsale.net or 973-764-1116
What started as a hobby now has 400 beehives in five counties. Top of the Mountain sells raw honey – wildflowers, buckwheat, and grasshopper – and honey infused with flavors, like cinnamon, berries, orange, and more – even garlic and chili. They also sell face soap and masks, lip balms, and bee gel.
The apiaries of Tanis at Pompton Plains
freewebstore.org/Tanis-Apiaries or 973-831-5802
When Craig Tanis found that local raw honey relieved his allergy symptoms and his son’s asthmatic cough, he began beekeeping with his family as a hobby. Today, the family sells their honey, soap and popular beeswax lip balm.
Trapper’s honey in Clarksburg
Trappershoney.com or 609-259-0051
This third-generation beekeeping family collects their award-winning honey from their farm’s beehives and sells pure bottled honey as well as a gourmet honey spread made from honey and fruit. Their beehives in a blueberry field have a natural blueberry taste.
Joyce Venezia Suss is a freelance writer and daughter from Jersey who has worked for The Associated Press, The Star-Ledger, and North Jersey Media Group. She was nominated for a James Beard Journalism Award for a 19-episode series on Ethnic Foods in New Jersey.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of Jersey’s Best. Subscribe here for detailed access to everything that makes the Garden State great.