Road trips are so much fun for they help us discover unknown treasures on the way.
– Archana Chaurasia Kapoor
We were driving to the Smokies from Atlanta and I swear it took us twice the amount of time it should actually have taken us to drive. The culprit/s??!! Hidden treasures on the way which were undiscovered (by us) until then. So there were wonderful antique shops, special shops by the Indians selling some out-of-this-world wares, boiled peanut sellers and last but not the least and the most exciting of it all – a bee yard!Rendezvous with #honeybees in a bee yard in #Georgia! #USA #TravelwithArchie @archanackapoor Click To Tweet
We drove past it and spotted some folks wearing white masks and overalls, doing some honey processing. We thought it was similar to the apple-picking that we did in Ellijay and were very excited to partake in processing fresh honey too. A detour then became a necessity and we turned back towards the Blue Ridge Honey Company located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North East Georgia. Well, the people processing honey were the folks who worked there and it wasn’t an activity that tourists or passers-by could participate in, but we could see it and guess what? The better part! They had this amazing honey store in which they were selling the most delicious honey and honey products. The pictures that follow will tell you all.
We found out that the Blue Ridge Honey Co. was a family business which was owned and operated by Bob & Suzette Binnie, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia (that’s where we found the store and the yard during our drive). But their bee yards are also located in Western North Carolina and South Georgia. The honey processed there is pure, natural and raw and it is not pasteurized or micro filtered. They wholesale & retail honey, pollen and beeswax, some delicious honey candies and other honey based products like toiletries, skin care products, soaps, candles etc., They sell seven varieties of honey. You could read about them here. Their candles come in very innovative shapes and sizes and all of them are light yellow in color. What’s more? They also sell bees which are an Italian/ Carniolan mix.
The company also offers pollination services; as Bob is a professional Beekeeper and was voted the 2003 Georgia State Beekeeper of the Year by the Georgia State Beekeepers Association. He is often a guest speaker at many clubs in the southeast and is also often asked to teach classes at Beekeeping Schools. Currently he is President of the Macon County Beekeepers club in NC.
We bought some honey, candies and a beautiful bee souvenir as a memento to add to our bugs and bees collection at home. I am devouring the delicious candy as I write this post. 🙂
Enjoy the pictures and do make a pit-stop here when passing through the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northeast Georgia. It is definitely worth a visit.
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