Highland Valley Apiaries is a small family business based in Milford, PA, but the hives where the honey for HVH comes from are mostly in Ulster County, NY. Farmer Ron has relationships with several land owners and farmers, which allows him to set up and care for the hives on carefully selected preexisting farms in locations prized for their “abundance and variety of natural floral sources.” Farmer Ron prides himself on producing the best organically managed honey possible by keeping “healthy bees that are free from the use of hard chemical treatments or antibiotics.” His honeybees are never used for commercial crop pollination or kept on farms that use chemical pesticides or herbicides.
Due to his belief that commercial pollination has compromised the health of honeybees, Farmer Ron’s two goals are raising healthy bees and producing honey in areas that are free of commercial agriculture. He has made a commitment to not use medications to treat for diseases or infections. Instead he relies on selective breeding from stock that thrives in these local environments and tolerates challenges. What’s more, to sustainably replace hives that die during spring, Farmer Ron takes his honeybees south each winter. While it is costly and labor intensive to do so, it helps make up for the losses the apiary experiences during the year. The honey collected during the winter months is mostly used to raise more honeybees.
Highland Valley Apiaries honeybees will see beautiful farm settings and lots of pasture with a variety of flowers in bloom. Flowering trees like locust and basswood (Linden) are another huge nectar source. The honey the produce is popular with customers that are interested in the nutritional benefits, especially as an aid for allergy sufferers as the local pollen in the honey help to build resistance.
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Established in 2003, Highland Valley Apiaries honey is now sold in stores including Trader Joe’s, Wholefoods Markets, other large super markets, farmer’s markets, and health food stores throughout the Hudson Valley and NYC. And now it’s available to you online!