In 1998 I met my commercial beekeeping partner from Hettinger, ND, located in the southwest corner of North Dakota. In 1999 I started to work the fields with him. He taught me the beauty of nature along with his beekeeping profession and I became more interested in what he was doing than what I was.
He gave me 6 beehives for a gift and I became a licensed hobby beekeeper in 2000. I then joined Pride of Dakota, an organization by the State Agriculture Department that assists businesses in marketing and promoting North Dakota Products.
I assisted with extracting the honey and as a hobby I started to bottle honey in different containers, attend food and craft shows and continued to help my partner in the field. I continued to work in my profession as registered nurse but was not experiencing the rewards of being outside and experimenting with the honey, types of containers, labeling, candles, soaps, lotions, and promoting our healthy, pure Dakota honey.
In July of 2001, I started American Honey Company. I became a member of the North Dakota Beekeepers Association. I also help educate children across the state of North Dakota by helping with the Living Ag Classroom in Minot, Williston, Fargo and Bismarck every year.
At the present time I have 18 hives and together we run 1200 hives in the southwest and west central parts of North Dakota, and the northwest corner of South Dakota. The bees gather nectar from the fields of clover and alfalfa. During the winter the bees are moved to California where they are used for pollination in the almond orchards.
American Honey Company works at educating people about the uses for honey, the nutritional value honey and gives people the opportunity to purchase honey at a fair market price. We treat our customers like friends, we work hard to get their business and even harder to keep it.
We offer a natural (no additives or preservatives) bee made Dakota honey. We do our own extracting and bottling. We stand by all our products. If for some reason you are dissatisfied with a product, please call, write, or email me with your reason and we will be happy to give you a replacement or refund. As always, I am open to comments or suggestions. ENJOY! The taste of nature.
ABOUT HONEY (From the National Honey Board)
Honey is “manufactured” in one of the world’s most efficient factories, the BEEHIVE. Bees may travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bee’s nectar source (the blossoms). In fact, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States, originating form such diverse floral sources as clover, eucalyptus and orange blossom. In general, the lighter colored honeys are mild in flavor, while the darker honeys are usually more robust in flavor.
Honey is primarily composed of fructose, glucose, and water. It also contains other sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals vitamins, and amino acids.
In addition to gathering nectar to produce honey, honey bees perform a vital second function-pollination. About one-third of the human diet is derived from insect-pollinated plants, and the honey bees are responsible for 80 per cent of this pollination. Pollination is the fertilization of a flowering plant. It occurs when the pollen is transferred from the anther of a flower to the ovules of that or another flower. Honey bee are responsible for pollinating a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes and more.
TYPES OF HONEY
Comb Honey: Comb Honey is honey that comes as it was produced-in the bees’ wax comb. The comb, as well as the honey, is edible.
Liquid Honey: Liquid honey is free of visible crystals, liquid honey is extracted for the honey comb by centrifugal force, gravity or straining. This is what most of us know honey as, the sweet golden liquid.
Whipped (or cremed) Honey: While all honey will crystallize in time. Whipped honey (also known as cremed honey, sugared honey, or spun honey) is brought to market in a crystallized state. Crystalization is controlled so that, at room temperature, the honey can be spread like butter.
SAFETY WARNING: Do not feed honey to infants under one year of age. Honey may contain Clostridium Botulinum spores that can cause infant botulism-a rare but serious disease that affects the nervous system of young babies (under one year of age). C. botulinum spores are present throughout the environment and may be found in dust, soil and improperly canned foods. Adults and children over one year of age are routinely exposed to, but not normally affected by, C. botulinum spores. For more information, visit the National Honey Board website.