Monday, February 1, 2016

What are adults and kids saying about bees and honey? Survey results

Last fall we gathered feedback from adults and children, asking questions about bees and honey. Here's a summary of what they had to say:

Why do you like local honey?

Adults answered this question; their top responses were around these major themes:

Supports our local 'community' - beekeepers, farmers, MN businesses, producers, economy and bees. A few specific quotes included, 'supports the little guy close to home!' 'must support locals', and 'farmer at heart; a locovore.' (We particularly enjoyed the comment, 'The staff is great!')

Better for the environment - comments included, 'short-transported businesses and products,' 'no preservatives,' 'non-chemical infused.'

Characteristics - flavor, tastes fresher, better, all natural, the real thing, unique, natural sweetener.

Health - boosts my immune system, allergy prevention, local pollen for allergy, healthier for you.

Taste - yummy, tasty, tastes great, tastes best, so good, makes me feel at home.

What's your favorite way to use honey?

The adults answered with:

Beverages - Tea beat out coffee 4:1. Smoothies were also mentioned.

Breads - all kinds - toast, bagels, english muffins, biscuits, puffed rice cakes, sandwiches. Popular pairings mentioned were butter, peanut butter, almond butter, cinnamon and jelly.

Toppings or sweeteners - on yogurt (with blueberries), ice cream, oatmeal, chicken, chili, dipping apples, spreads. Also, sauteing apples and onions for a side dish. Cooking and baking in general were mentioned.

Body care - a couple people mentioned this category with answers like hair products and body care. One respondent replied, 'timeless enjoyment in all foods and medically.'

Spoon - 'straight up' or 'right from the spoon.'

Kids gave insightful and interesting answers to the following two questions:

Why are bees important?

Flowers - 'they help flowers, 'they pollinate.'

Honey - 'Bees make honey for people to enjoy.'

Food - 'Pollinate plants which gives us all kinds of food; without them we'd have barely any food,' and 'Vital to our supply of fresh produce.' Other great comments included, 'make all our food possible,' 'they drink nectar for humans,' 'they produce most of our sweet flavors and they're adorable, though they sting!'

People - 'because my mom can't live without honey,' 'they are part of our chain.'

What's your favorite way to eat honey?

Honey sticks - top answer.

Breads - popovers, toast, with peanut butter.

Other ways - 'in a spoon,' 'cheese/feta,' 'raw,' 'with my fingers,' 'in coffee,' 'I don't know,' and 'haven't tried it yet.'

How would you and your kids answer these questions? We'd love to know.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Tips to keep skin bee-utifully clean, smooth and healthy

Cold winter air and low indoor humidity can set the stage for uncomfortably dry and irritated skin. If you’re prone to having chapped, cracked or rough skin, now is the time to get started on a plan to replenish the overall health of your body. Follow these tips, take advantage of our January 30% off sale on all beauty care products and stock up on some great supplies for winter.

We've made it our goal to be Minnesota’s trusted resource for beehive-based products. To that end, the beauty care products we offer are carefully selected for our customers. Hive-based ingredients - honey, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly and pollen - offer many healing benefits. We’re proud to feature products from these companies:

Beehive Botanicals * Crow’s
Savannah Bee Company * Welcome Harvest * Worker B

Start your skincare regimen today:

1 - Determine which skin areas need the most help
Is it your face, hands, feet, arms or legs? Are the areas dry, cracked or infected? The types of conditions and areas affected will determine your next steps.

2 - Start with an appropriate cleanser
Choose your soaps carefully; ones that will accomplish the task of removing dirt, oil, bacteria, etc. Facial skin will likely be more sensitive than the other areas, but again it depends on what you’ve assessed. It may be wise to use different soaps for different areas.

3 - Treat particularly affected areas
If there’s more than general dryness at stake, special attention may be warranted. Areas might include cuts, cracks, rashes and other sources of inflammation (i.e. acne). Choose the right product to address each area. Look for products with natural ingredients like honey, propolis and natural plant extracts that fight infection.

4 - Keep your skin moisturized
Low humidity can constantly deplete the moisture in your skin. Drink plenty of water and use an effective moisturizer on a daily basis - lips and skin.

Treat yourself and treat your skin with care. It will be worth the effort to reduce or prevent greater problems down the road. Let us know how we can help you select the right products for your skin.

P.S. Keep hands clean to prevent colds and related illnesses. Other seasonal favorites to stay healthy:

P.P.S - Shop online! Selected sale products are available through our online store. Use the code BEESMART at checkout to get another 10% off your total order. Good through 1/31/16.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Beehive-based solutions to keep your skin smooth & soft this winter

Winter weather can wreak havoc on skin, leaving it dry, chapped, cracked and rough.
Enter: the bees! Transform your winter skin with our January sale…..

Skin Care 'Survival Kit' Sale - 30% off
All regularly priced beehive-based body care products* from the following companies - quantities limited:
Beehive Botanicals
Savannah Bee Company
Welcome Harvest
Worker B

We love these products because they contain valuable nutrients found in the hive with ingredients like honey, propolis, pollen, beeswax and royal jelly; natural healing and moisturizing properties. Ask for samples. Stock up now for winter, and shop early for Valentine Day. Gift bags available upon request.

40% off selected varieties of honeys and maple syrup in the retail store

20% off all online orders - use the code BEESWEET (good through 2/29/16)

Planning a wedding? Honey makes great gifts and wedding favors. Talk to us about your wedding plans; let us help you design favors for lasting memories.

Quick guide for skin care.....

Crow's Lotion Bars
Crow's Body Butters
Moisturizing Hand Lotions - Beehive Botanicals, Savannah Bee Co.
Crow's Lip Balms

Welcome Harvest - Helan
Worker B
Beehive Botanicals
Crow's - Tea Tree Soap, Unscented, Simply Soap

Lip balms with propolis - Worker B, Beehive Botanicals, Savannah Bee Co.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Year End Sale - buzz in before 12/31/15

We're clearing the shelves for 2016. Buzz in now for this store-wide sale*!

75% off deviled egg plates

60% off vintage ceramics & jewelry

40% off select varieties of natural, infused & whipped honeys (and maple syrup)

20% off everything else!

Sale ends 12/31/15

* U of M Bee Squad Groundbreaking honey not included.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Last-minute gift ideas...

Gift Sets - a variety of ready-to-go gift boxes, or design your own!

Vintage collection and jewelry gifts now 50% off!

High-quality honey-sweetened truffles, bonbons & pralines will delight guests & gift recipients alike.

Pair our Honey Cocoa recipe with a pouch of unsweetened cocoa powder & an infused or all-natural honey for a very sweet gift! We have it all right here.

Hive-based body care products for skin, lips and hair.

Shop online - Gift Sets & other honeys are available 24/7. Use the LOYAL20 code now and save 20% on your purchase!

Be prepared to come in for some great after-Christmas specials, from 12/26 through year end! Watch our website for updates -

12/21 Monday - 10 am to 7 pm
12/22 Tuesday - 10 am to 7 pm
12/23 Wednesday - 10 am to 7 pm
12/24 Thursday - 10 am to 4 pm
12/25 Friday - closed
12/26 Saturday - 11 am to 6 pm (regular hours resume)
12/27 Sunday - noon to 5 pm

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New honeys now available in our Small Batch Specialty section

Limited availability!

Late fall harvest from Southeastern Minnesota. Dark, rich flavor with uniquely complex floral undertones.

Prairie Clover
Harvested in western Minnesota, near the South Dakota border. A sweet, light flowery flavor and pleasing mild taste.

Bloomington Gardens
Extracted from our own hives at the Bloomington Garden Center, near the Minnesota River. Slightly darker and more complex than the Meadow Wildflower.

A Southern Minnesota favorite that offers a fresh, light flavor and distinct pleasing aftertaste.

Upcoming Events
Dec. 3, 10, 17 Free Thursday Happy Hours - 4-8 pm - free gift with $20+ purchase (open extended hours on Thursdays only through December 17)

Special Deals
20% off your total ONLINE order at - click Shop Online, use code LOYAL20 - good through 12/31/15.
20% off pre-ordered Gift Sets in the retail store - order today and specify the date for pickup or shipping.
20% off your retail store purchase - mention this website promotion to get the 20% discount (Bee Lab Groundbreaking honey purchases not included, sorry) - good through 12/31/15.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

This holiday, shop local - give honey!

Gift giving couldn’t be easier this year at the Minnesota Honey Company. Shop online at, or come into our retail store and discover hundreds of gifts and treats for all ages.

A few quick tips to make holiday shopping and gift giving easy this year:

  • Make a list of the people you want to shop for - What would they enjoy receiving? What would you enjoy giving? (Print out the Holiday Shopping Guide to start your list.)
  • Mark which folks live out of town - do you want to do the packing and shipping yourself or have someone else do it for you? (Find stores that will ship for you (we do!); come in or Shop Online)
  • Create gift packages, or choose from pre-designed sets - if you enjoy searching for gifts and filling the boxes and bags, bee-utiful! If not, seek out packaged gift sets. (Click here for a list of gift categories and vendor products you’ll find at the Minnesota Honey Company)
  • Look for places that help you wrap the gifts - packaging can help tell the story (we offer complimentary decorated boxes and bags with each $20+ gift). You'll also find in our store a kids' gift wrapping station with complimentary little red foil bags and tags - perfect for small gifts to give family, friends and teachers.
  • Shop local; support small businesses!

In a hurry?  Choose from a wide variety of ready-to-go gift boxes, bags and sets.
Want to DIY it?  Pick out your gift items; complimentary decorated boxes and bags with each $20+ gift
Prefer to shop from home?  Click the Shop Online tab at and use the LOYALTY code to save 10% on all orders through 12/15.

At the Minnesota Honey Company, you’ll find a variety of food gifts, beauty care products, honey candies and a large selection of bee- and honey-themed ceramics (deviled egg plates too!).

Upcoming Events

Nov. 20 - 22 Shop & Stroll (businesses at 50th & Xerxes ) - 20% off all purchases
Dec. 3, 10, 17 Free Thursday Happy Hours - 4-8 pm - free gift with $20+ purchase

As a small business, we’re proud to support other small businesses, beekeepers and farmers, and we thank YOU for your business.