Your Source for Local MN Raw Honey - Meet Our Team!
Ames Farm is a farm 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.
Apis mellifera carniolan (or Carnica)
- Hive Member
- 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.
- Founder & Owner -
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 Ltd and the brand to national recognition for producing the absolute highest quality of Single-Source Honeys. Single Source Honey Varieties are uniquely accountable as "hive-to-table" and 12 different apple varieties are sold at market every fall.
Nathan Emerson - General Manager - Locally grown and raised, Nathan brings a decade of natural and sustainable foods experience to the already experienced and passionate Ames Farm team. Aside from his work in the honey racket, he enjoys the night sky, writing, riding his motorcycle, and will always welcome reading suggestions. He is proud to be a part of the Ames Farm collective.
Josh King - Sales
- Operations Coordinator -
A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus, Kenny has been working in the food industry since 2011. She loves to savor the great Minnesota outdoors by gardening, camping, and fishing. Kenny and her fiancé Makayla can't wait to someday have a farm of their own.