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The Natural Wonders of Honey, Pollen, & Propolis

January 04, 2019

2018 Holiday Gifts Ideas from Ames Farm
One of the joys of beekeeping is sharing the natural goodness that honeybees create in products like raw honey and pollen, which bees use for their own benefits within the hive. There are also other by-products of life in the hive...

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Sunny gifts galore!

December 06, 2018

2018 Ames Farm Holiday Favorites
From the honey lover to the foodie to the hard-to-shop-for person on your holiday list, we've got something in store for everyone. While we specialize in single source honey, our online store has every product that we've produced with...

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Grainy, crystallized honey? It’s only natural.

April 07, 2018

Why Does Honey Crystallize?
It's the end of winter and that sweet, aromatic jar of natural, raw honey from Ames Farm (or another reputable local apiary) has become grainy and pale. Is something wrong with it? Is it ok to eat? Read on to learn all about what's going on in that jar...

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New Netflix Series "Rotten" Got Us Buzzin'

January 05, 2018 5 Comments

Extracting honey at Ames Farm
In its debut episode "Lawyers, Guns, and Honey," a new Netflix-produced show Rotten explores the rise of corruption and profiteering in the honey industry. The beautifully-made documentary not only shows the typical process in the industrial honey production, but...

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Get Ready, We're Bringing Our Bees (and Beekeeper)

June 08, 2017

rental beehives from Ames Farm
Honeybees use a wide variety of plants for nectar and pollen sources here in central Minnesota. Looking out my window, I see a plethora of forage for them here on the farm in mid-May. Fruit trees, dandelions, oak trees, honeysuckle, and wild mustard are...

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Spring in winter? We have a problem.

March 05, 2017 4 Comments

honeysuckle blossoms
Many people are enjoying the warmest winter in their entire lifetime, but this one has a different feeling to it for some long-time beekeepers and fruit growers across the northern USA. The seasons are changing rapidly—last year featured the longest growing season...

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Why Buy a Nucleus Hive Versus a Package of Bees?

February 15, 2017 1 Comment

beehive nucleus (nuc) from Ames Farm
Each spring for hundreds of years, beekeepers take advantage of the honeybees' biological urge to expand and grow as winter turns into spring and the bees respond to incoming tree pollen, which allows them to raise new bees and plentiful frames of brood.

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Ames at the Farmers Market in 2016 - Last Dates

August 03, 2016

Ames Farm selling honey at the Farmer's Market
The sincerest of thanks to everyone who visited us this season at the farmers markets in Minneapolis. Here is a list of our Last Markets in 2016. The support for our dream of delicious artisanal and single source honey products makes for an unforgettable...

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Ames Farm at Bob's Java Hut (Get the Miel)

January 05, 2015

Ames Farm helps make the Bob's Java Hut Miel sweet
Ames Farm proudly supplies honey to many small local businesses. We love learning about their unique projects and creative uses for our honey, and we want to share each wonderful story. One local partner, Bob’s Java Hut, opened in 1994...

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Tribute to Bernard Kaster and the Forest

March 25, 2013 1 Comment

Ames Farm Tribute to Bernard Kaster
Bernie left few marks on the land after purchasing it in 1959. On the most secluded knoll in the northeast corner of the 40 acres, he planted an orchard of apples trees ringed by borders of majestic white pines. From the road, the ridge of pines...

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