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. 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.
Josh coordinates the sales of our event favors and sales nationally. He's worked with Ames Farm since 2014. Outside of Ames, Josh can be found in a kitchen or outdoors hiking or gardening. He also enjoys reading and if he had unlimited time could spend his days lost in books.
Karen has been keeping our books shiny since 2016. Outside of work she stays very busy with family fun like football games, Boy Scouts, and wrestling tournaments. Karen is a hobby beekeeper with two beehives of her own and likes to work in the garden.
A longtime Ames Farm worker bee, Dan helps out with all kinds of farm activities. You can find him pruning in the orchard one day and running a farmers market the next. Catch him at the market for a great chat about honey varieties!
Brian was formerly a 3M process engineer and a sled dog musher. He bought an old homestead and orchard from a fellow dog-sledder who also happens to be the developer of the Honeycrisp Apple and other varieties. Brian became interested in keeping bees while witnessing the pollination process. Since then, he has grown Ames Farm to national recognition for producing the highest quality of single source honey.
Max is a recent graduate from St. John’s University with a degree in Environmental Studies. Entering his second season as a beekeeper, 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.
Jeff takes great care of our hives during the busy summer season and helps out with the overwintering process down in Texas. A sturdy man of few words, Jeff lives nearby in Buffalo with his family.
A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus, Kenny has been working in the food industry since 2011. He loves to savor the great Minnesota outdoors by gardening, camping, and fishing. Kenny and his fiancé Makayla can't wait to someday have a farm of their own.
With skills in design and all things digital, Keit takes care of the visual and back end of Ames Farm. In her spare time, she likes eating, drawing, and biking around the Twin Cities. In true Ames Farm fashion, Keit takes pride in growing her garden.
A former educator and 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 in candle making, gift packaging, and honey demos around the Twin Cities.