Ames Farm is a small honey producer with 18 bee yards spread over central and southern Minnesota. The honey is extracted and bottled on a farm near Watertown, MN. We produce over a dozen varieties of high quality, raw Single-Source Honeys, Table Honey, Pure Beeswax Candles, Bee Pollen, and other bee products, as well as nucs of bees! We also maintain five apple orchards and market 12 varieties of apples.
Unarguably the hardest working and best-organized members of the team, the honeybees are a matriarchal society working as a single organism. We raise and keep this northern variety of bee native to Slovenia, versus the more common Italian variety that originated in the Mediterranean. Carniolan bees are known for their gentleness, superior sense of orientation, and over-wintering abilities.
Jeff takes great care of our hives during the busy summer season and plays a big part in our overwintering process down in Texas. A sturdy man of few words, Jeff lives nearby in Buffalo with his family.
Brian was formerly a 3M process engineer and a sled dog musher. He bought an old homestead and orchard from a fellow dog-sledder David Bedford who also is the apple tree breeder at the University of MN responsible for the development of the Honeycrisp apple. Brian became interested in keeping bees while witnessing the pollination process. Since then, he has grown Ames Farm to national recognition for producing high quality single source honey.
Max is a recent graduate from St. John’s University with a degree in Environmental Studies. With a few beekeeping seasons under his belt, Max has a passion for working outside and learning about sustainable agriculture. Outside of the farm, Max works as an outdoor educator, where he teaches outdoor skills to youth around the metro.
With skills in design and all things digital, Keit takes care of the visual and back end of Ames Farm. During her spare time, she eats, draws, and bikes around the Twin Cities. In true Ames Farm fashion, Keit loves growing her garden and being outside.
Sarah has been working on organic farms around the Twin Cities for the past 5 years and enjoys being a part of the sustainable agriculture community. Sarah's interests revolve around farming, especially eating local veggies and canning. She has many different canning recipes, but her specialty is strawberries canned in red wine, which is best served over a honey pound cake and ice cream.
A former educator and current master gardener, Marty has worked at Ames Farm for the past 12 years. She loves gardening and nature— especially bees and butterflies. An appreciation of the unique flavors of pure raw honey keeps her happily engaged with us, contributing in candle making, gift packaging, and honey demos around the Twin Cities.