THE ZACH & ZOE STORY. Our journey began when we moved to beautiful Hunterdon County, NJ several years ago. Zach, our youngest child, has asthma and suffered from very bad seasonal allergies, which naturally worsened in our new rural surroundings. After months of searching for a solution to his allergies, we read about the many benefits of local, raw honey; and that honey can help prevent allergies. The concept of immunotherapy holds that with exposure to low amounts of an allergen, the body will become less sensitive to that element. Because raw honey contains trace amounts of pollen, the body can then become less sensitive to pollen in general.
As we purchased lots of raw honey from local beekeepers, who we came to know as friends and mentors, our family’s interest in honey-making continued to grow. We spent weekends devouring books on the topic, including the rapid decline of the honeybee population. We finally took the plunge and ordered our very own honeybees, officially starting our journey as beekeepers. It has been a wild ride, but we don’t regret a minute of it!
OUR FARM IS THE SECRET. In an age of Big Business, exploitative farming practices are designed to pursue the bottom line. But we have always believed that no one knows how to make honey like honeybees. That’s why we have worked to maintain natural farming practices that leave our bees healthy, happy, and productive. Our bees draw fruit nectar from a variety of wildflowers that grow naturally on our rural farm in Hunterdon County, New Jersey; and we let them produce honey on their terms, just the way they did centuries ago.