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What does the Bee say? Sweet Honey!

 

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!

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Blue Ridge Honey Company & me :-)

Blue Ridge Honey Company & me :-)

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.

Honey Jars

Honey Jars

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.

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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. 🙂

My bee souvenir

My bee souvenir

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.

Love, Archie

Honey Jars in various shapes and sizes

Honey Jars in various shapes and sizes

Raw and Natural Sourwood Honey Jar

Raw and Natural Sourwood Honey Jar

Honey Products _ beeswax, Candles...

Honey Products _ beeswax, Candles…

Candles, mugs et al

Candles, mugs et al

Other products

Other products

Local Honey

Local Honey

Bee Pollen

Bee Pollen

The Honey Bee Life-Cycle

The Honey Bee Life-Cycle

The uniform

The uniform

Find the Queen Bee!

Find the Queen Bee!

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  • Martian Poet

    good article!

  • Great to read. Beautiful pics.

  • Brittany Keller

    this is so great! Never been to a place like this and I do love honey!

  • A good day out it seems.. and those are beautiful pics…

    I am a fan of honey and have a couple of spoon fulls each day 🙂

    Bikram’s

  • Vishal Bheeroo

    Yumilicious honey. Give it to me any day and can’t live without. The awesome pics are something to crave and die for:)

  • Journal of Nomads

    Interesting to read. What would we be without the bee’s!!

  • Corinne Vail

    I love this post. We think we may want to raise bees one day….hmmm.

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    Coming to the post,
    the pictures are beautiful and a great read.
    ~ Ahmad
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  • Nice one. I wish they would do stuff like this in India. There are just so many of these cottage industries that can do so much better if we were to share and work out a tour like this. 🙂

  • Vyjay Rao

    This is a different kind of experience and very informative post. liked the pictures too.

  • 2TravelDads

    What a cool place. Maybe we’ll do a drive this week and visit. Always looking for good day trips out of Marietta.

  • Big fan of bees, beeswax candles, honey the whole thing. I just find it fascinating. When we were in Slovenia, they are very big into beekeeping. Everyone has some in their yard (and the most beautiful veggie patches you have ever seen). They have a museum that tells the history of beekeeping (aviary). The whole thing was just fascinating.

  • Loved their candle designs! Nice images!

  • Apiaries are awesome, aren’t they? I had a bee box of my own for a year. Unfortunately in the urban landscape of India you’d into really have space for these wonderful things…

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