After two years of pandemic instability and a spring season described as one of the worst on record, we remain focused on recovery for our bee hives and honey business. Our commitment to our family heritage farm and small business we built from it has come full circle this year.
This spring’s abnormally long-lasting cold temperatures, which caused honey bee deaths and delayed hive development, has us shifting focus to recovery strategies.
You can read all about it here, Kendall King has an in-depth honest conversation with Smokeybeekeeper.
This year saw a substantial amount of queens born and raised right here in Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan.
After three seasons of trials we are confident that raising our own queens from survivors of our inhospitable winters is the way forward.
I still will bring in other queens from other operations, there are a lot of great queens being raised out there and diversity in genetics is important in healthy bees.
Thanks to all of you who have chosen with their dollar and their hearts. Your continued support grows bees and that is something to be proud of.
You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @smokeybeekeeper.
Cheers Sheldon Hill (Smokeybeekeeper)
Sweet Pure Honey is going through some necessary changes in order to ensure we can continue operating and offering our raw honey to all of you.
The abnormal cold spell resulted in our family farm losing roughly half our hives – an estimated 350 of our 700 bee hives.
As we can no longer continue to absorb the heavy bee losses we have had to change how we operate our small business.
Due to a limited honey supply, it is now a precious commodity.
Shifting away from wholesaling our raw honey in retail stores we are now offering direct farm sales. This will help with a much needed cash flow into our small business.
What can you do to help us?
Every jar of honey you purchase through sweetpurehoney.ca goes directly to support Smokeybeekeeper’s hives.
I will be attending 3 shows in Medicine Hat, this September. Purchasing our Sweet Pure Honey products directly supports our farm and bees.
Sharing our website and posts helps us get the word out as well. We appreciate all of your support, thank you for choosing to support Canadian farmers.
Our small business is still standing because of your purchasing power, thank you.
I look forward to connecting with you all in the coming weeks.
Stella Sehn (the Honey Lady)
Where to find Sweet Pure Honey?
Place an order online through our website, pick up available in Medicine Hat. We offering great pricing on multiple jars, with affordable shipping options.
Every online order receives free samples of our beeswax cosmetics and honey soap.
We have a permanent shelf space at the Homestead Market (1750 Gershaw Dr SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 5E1) Tues.-Sun. 10am-4pm
Something For Everyone Market (Cypress Centre) Sept.10: Sat. 10am-4pm Sept.11: Sun. 10am-3pm
Together Again Street Festival (Downtown 1st Street) Sept.17: 12pm-6pm
Women in Business Expo (Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede) Sept.24: 10am-3pm