We are a family owned and operated Apiary located in Fairfield, CT. For the past 20+ years our mission has been to offer the highest quality products and services to our community while doing our small part to save the environment. We specialize in local swarm retrieval and removal, hive set-up and colony management, consultations and much more. We sell pure raw honey harvested from our own hives and bottled by us on our own premises.
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Stop by and see us at the retail area of our Apiary, located at 2788 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. You will see our big farm wagon with bright yellow wheels! When we are open, you will see "Local Raw Honey" signs near the road. This is also our home. Park at the barrel (or on the street), walk up the driveway to the side house door, and ring the doorbell. You may choose to call before you visit (203.371.4657) to make sure we are home. We are usually open from 9 am to 5 pm but we occasionally need to leave to run errands, attend doctor's visits, etc. We realize that this is not the usual retail business model, so we appreciate your patience and flexibility. You also can purchase our honey at our retail partner locations (see them at the bottom of this page)
We sell a variety of products including raw wildflower, clover, basswood (linden) and buckwheat honey, 100% beeswax candles, body balm and other unique products.
For questions about sale of honey, candles, body moisturizers, and other products
call Kathy, co-owner (203.371.4657)
For questions about beekeeping, bee removal, and swarms
call Chris, co-owner and beekeeper (203.371.6448)
1. Due to the resurgence of Covid-19 and the new variants we are discontinuing all tours in our apiaries.
2. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, shortages and increasing prices have been felt around the world.They have not bypassed us here at Monkey’s Pocket.
Essential items such as white granulated sugar, (which is used to make food for the bees in spring, late fall and throughout the winter), glass jars and lids, jar labels, and prescription medications have all had extreme price increases twice this year. (For example, the price of glass jars has quadrupled since the beginning of the Pandemic). Sanitary cleaners & disinfectants used in our apiary have become scarce and, when able to be found, are substantially costlier.
Wood we use to build the hives has also skyrocketed in price.
A 2” X 4” X 8’ board, which used to cost about $2.35, is now more than $12.00.
Prior to the Pandemic we were purposely barely breaking even. During Covid it was costing us more than we were making and the more we sold, the more money we lost. This is the reason for our recent price increases and why you might see more of them in the future.
We pledge that we will always keep our products as affordable as possible. We are beekeepers because it is our passion and because we want to help the environment - not to get rich!
Thank you for your understanding and support
Flowers, grasses, and trees bring smiles to our faces but as the summer hurries by we will soon see tree leaves turning golden, orange, red, and brown. While beautiful, for many people, fall grasses and colorful leaves on the trees can cause cause allergic reactions such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing. Many people find that eating local raw honey improves their symptoms. This has been validated by many researchers (and also by many of our clients who take one or more teaspoons of honey every day). Local unprocessed honey contains tiny amounts of local tree, grass, and flower pollen - honey bees collect the pollen and transform it into honey. When you buy local raw (unprocessed) honey, you are getting small amounts of local pollen.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the idea behind eating honey is kind of like gradually vaccinating the body against allergens, a process called immunotherapy. Honey contains a variety of the same pollen spores that give allergy sufferers so much trouble when flowers and grasses are in bloom. Introducing these spores into the body in small amounts by eating honey should make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance an immune system response, such as the release of histamine, will occur.
The best part is that you can enjoy the delicious taste of honey while relieving those pesky allergy symptoms! It is recommended that you begin consuming your daily spoonful of honey a few weeks before trees, flowers, and grasses begin their spring growth. Most people continue consuming honey straight through the autumn, to counteract fall allergies.
Please note: babies under the age of one year should not ingest local raw due to a low risk of botulism poisoning.
Honey may provide better than usual care for easing upper respiratory tract symptoms, especially coughs, researchers have said.The substance is relatively inexpensive, readily available, and has virtually no side-effects.Doctors can recommend it as a suitable alternative to antibiotics, which are often prescribed for such infections, even though they are not suitable,. Scientists from the University of Oxford said.Upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) affect the nose, throat, voice box and the large air passages (bronchi) that lead from the windpipe to the lungs.Symptoms can include sore throat, blocked nose, cough, and congestion.There is evidence for honey being used in children, and it has long been used as a home remedy to treat coughs and colds. But the evidence for its effectiveness for a range of upper respiratory tract symptoms in adults has not been systematically reviewed.To address this, the scientists looked at research databases for relevant studies comparing honey and preparations that included it as an ingredient with usual care - mostly antihistamines, expectorants, cough suppressants, and painkillers.They found 14 suitable clinical trials, involving 1,761 participants of varying ages.Data analysis of these studies indicated that honey was more effective than usual care for improving symptoms, especially the frequency and severity of coughing.Two of the studies showed symptoms lasted one to two days less among those treated with honey.However, the researchers, Hibatullah Abuelgasim, of the Oxford University Medical School, and Charlotte Albury and Joseph Lee, of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, noted that honey is a complex substance and not a uniform product.They also pointed out that only two of the studies involved a placebo, saying more of these studies need to be done before definitive conclusions can be reached.Writing in the journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, the authors said: "Upper respiratory tract infections are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescription."Since the majority of URTIs are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate."The researchers suggest honey might therefore provide an alternative when doctors want to prescribe something to safely treat upper respiratory tract symptoms.They concluded: "Honey is a frequently used lay remedy that is well known to patients. It is also cheap, easy to access, and has limited harms."When clinicians wish to prescribe for URTI, we would recommend honey as an alternative to antibiotics."Honey is more effective and less harmful than usual care alternatives and avoids causing harm through antimicrobial resistance."Honey facts 1. Honey is 80% sugars and 20% water 2. To make one pound of honey, the bees in the colony must visit two million flowers, fly over 55,000 miles and will be the lifetime work of approximately 768 bees 3. A single honeybee will only produce approximately one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime 4. A single honey bee will visit 50-100 flowers on a single trip out of the hive 5. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water. Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2020 NLA Access Media Limited www.nlamediaaccess.com/
Source Citation "Breath easy with the health benefits of honey." Express and Star [Wolverhampton, England], 29 Aug. 2020, p. 29. Gale OneFile: News, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A634305075/STND?u=uphoenix&sid=ebsco&xid=10fb4b9e. Accessed 23 Feb. 2022.
Stop by and see us at the retail area of our Apiary, located at 2788 Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. You will see our big farm wagon with bright yellow wheels! When we are open, you will see "Local Raw Honey" signs near the road. This is also our home, so just walk all the way up the driveway to the side house door and ring the doorbell. You may choose to call before you visit (203.371.4657) to make sure we are home.
Here you will find our complete line of products for sale, including raw wildflower, clover, and buckwheat honey, 100% beeswax candles, body balm and other unique products.
Visit our friends Scott, Ken, and Susan at Black Rock Pharmacy located at 1838 Black Rock Turnpike Fairfield. This brand new community pharmacy offers exceptional personalized service and carries a selection of our raw, local honey.
Congratulations to Ken & Sue Lee on opening their second location!
You will find our Wildflower, Clover & Buckwheat honey as well as our 3 flavor Gift Baskets.
190 Weston Road
Weston, Connecticut 06883-2123
Conveniently located in the Weston shopping center.
Visit our dear friends at Knecht's Garage at 101 Monroe Turnpike Trumbull CT (203) 268-6284.
This longtime pillar of the Trumbull /Monroe community now carries our Clover, Wildflower, and Buckwheat honey. The Knecht family is like family to us - give a special shout out to Don when you are there!
Stop in to purchase our honey at our retail partner The Pantry, located at 1580 Post Rd, Fairfield. Stop in to say hello to Kirsten and Terry, browse their delicious culinary offerings, and pick up some of our Wildflower honey in 8 ounce and 1 pound jars.
We welcome our newest retail partner Marianna's Pantry, located at 6528 Main Street Trumbull. Stop in to say hello to Melissa and Marina, browse their mouth-watering menu, and purchase some of our Wildflower honey.
Perhaps there is an upcoming wedding, shower, or corporate event in your future. Nothing says that your guests are special like a gift from nature’s hardest worker, the honey bee. Four ounce hex jars of local raw wildflower honey are the perfect gift for attendees. They are affordable, thoughtful, and delicious. We offer them at a special price of $6 each including a honey dipper. Contact Kathy for bulk pricing. You have enough other work to do in preparation for your special day – leave this job to us!
Call Kathy at 203-371-4657
For people who want to have bee hives on their property but don’t have the time or aren't well-versed in the art of beekeeping.