On Bees and Honey


Neonics are slowly killing our bees

July 03, 2017 South Mountain Bees

Who wants to pull weeds by hand, if you can spray some magic potion to get rid of them effortlessly? The problem is that the magic potion is in fact a poisonous one, that may cost us all a high price in the long run. The active ingredients in the magic potion are called neonicotinoid pesticides, neonics for short. Neonics are a new class of pesticides chemically related to nicotine. Beyond the urban and suburban gardens, the problem is even worse in commercial farmlands. The neonics pesticides story reminds me of the tobacco scandal. It is an uphill battle of research and data gathering contrasting the...


Four Awards Including Best in Cosmetics Division at 2017 New Jersey Beekeepers Association Honey Show

February 10, 2017 South Mountain Bees

Landi Simone, NJBA Honey Show Chair, acknowledges the hard work that goes into preparing entries for the show and emphasizes how it benefits all beekeepers in the State of New Jersey.

The rusty-patched bumblebee added to the endangered species list

January 11, 2017 South Mountain Bees

Pollinators are an essential part of our ecosystem.  Steps to protect the rusty-patched bumblebee will benefit our environment at large. "The rusty-patched bumblebee, once common across the continental United States, has been designated an endangered species by the Fish and Wildlife Service: the country’s first bumblebee, and the first bee from the lower 48 states, to be added to the register." Read more.


Busy Bee

December 08, 2016 South Mountain Bees

"In an old house in South Orange, surrounded by trees, live a woman, her family and five hives filled with ... bees. This is a story about bees, honey and soap, but also one of courage, hope and healing." continue reading  


POP 'N SHOP - Temporary Holiday Store

December 07, 2016 South Mountain Bees

Two long weekends to shop our award winning products at the South Orange Pop 'N Shop Annual Holiday Store. New Jersey’s finest shopping experience returns for the holidays with 40+ vendors including South Mountain Bees. Pop ‘n Shop, a temporary retail outlet will feature finely crafted jewelry, apparel, body products, accessories, art and other unique gift items made by many of our area’s finest local artisans and craftspeople. The store will be open from Thursday, December 8th through Sunday, December 11th and again the following week from Thursday, December 15th through Sunday, December 18th, each day from 12 noon –...