So, I am a new beekeeping hobbyist. I don't plan to really make any money selling honey, but I thought I would share something that I made to sell my excess honey and have my hobby help pay for itself and for my kids to make some money. My kids have always wanted to sell honey, but I'm not too crazy of the idea of going the farmer's market route. Besides, we already have guys selling honey at ours. I live on a fairly busy road inside the city limits but on the outskirts, and could have just put a sign in my yard and have people stop by and knock on my door, but I don't really want to have to worry about tending to random people throughout the day. Before I had bees, I purchased honey from a guy that does this, and I was reluctant to bother him. It took me two years before I finally decided to knock on his door. About a mile from me there is someone who I haven't meet that sells eggs the same way. I keep meaning to, but have yet to buy from them.
In my travels, I have seen self-serve stands for flowers, fruit, etc. and I decided that I wanted to try that with my excess honey. If the honey or egg vendor did this, I would have already purchased from them. Also, I read somewhere that 90% of the people are honest 90% of the time, and I was OK with those odds. I think people are more honest than we give them credit for. Besides, it's just honey. If someone is going to steal honey, they may have bigger issues.
So, with my woodworking knowledge and cnc machine, I made a self-serve honey house.
(The pricing you see is on par with other local honey providers that sell on local social media sites. Besides, I don't have to worry with spending time, gas, or booth fees to sell it.)
The honey house is designed after the little free librarys that became popular a few years ago. I decided to design it with plexiglass windows on the front doors and on the back.
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Now, I know that honey is best stored not in direct sunlight, but I also know that it tends to sell better when someone can see sunlight through it. I decided to go that route. Besides I want to sell the honey and not store it. I posted pictures on various buy, sell, trade groups on social media and it gained a lot of attention. People really like the trust, and some are even skeptical that it will work, but we have sold several jars of honey with no dishonesty issues. I have also found that we are selling more than just honey, but an experience. Customers will come, take pictures, buy honey, and then sit in their car and watch the bees.
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Now the guy that introduced me to beekeeping wants to buy a Honey House to put out by his house.