A simple question with a complicated answer. Everyone has their own unique costs and while production on a given year is obviously a big variable in the equation, there are lots of ways to derive income from bees other than just honey production. Pollination services (particularly almonds) now account for as much income as does honey production and yes its possible to do both unless you are pollinating late blooming summer crops. Also sales of nucs, queens and bulk bees can generate income without hurting honey production too much particularly if you are migratory. With all that said, I typically figure my per hive expenses in the $100 per hive range +/- which includes paying myself a fair wage. Do the math.Jim, Can commercial guys make a living at these prices? Dan
I know it's frustrating to see prices like this but don't feel like you need to directly compete with them. If you do a good job of marketing your honey and charge what you feel is appropriate I'm betting you will be surprised at how many folks are willing to pay a lot more to get good honey from a local beekeeper. There is nothing quite like the uniqueness of knowing the honey was raised from the flowers that grow in their locality.Thanks, Jim for a thorough answer. As the president of a county club I want to make sure that the members have a feel for what it is like to make a living in this business. People see those prices and are thinking " Why do this if that's all it's worth?". At my level it clearly wouldn't work if I needed to make a living at it. Dan
here is an unbiased review of the honey, I watched most of it, not much informationI wonder what it tastes like. Might be a partial answer to the question.
It appears that Costco has replaced its Kirkland Signature organic honey with the Kirkland Signature Organic Raw Honey. Raw honey supposedly means that the honey has not been pasteurized or filtered. Unfortunately, it's not stated on the packaging whether that is true or not.Apr 5, 2017
Can't say anything. We don't have anything from Argentina to mix with our honey
Probably so. I'm always telling people there are no honey police.i would almost bet that some "beekeeper" is relabeling this stuff and selling it as "organic" in a farmers market.