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On Bees and Honey: a blog to learn with the bees

  • 2021, Here We Come!

    What do bees do in the winter, and how do beekeepers take care of them? What are heater bees? Why to bees cluster? Do they hibernate in winter? Find the answers to all these questions and more!
  • Free Flower Seeds!

    Hi! This is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. I have good news for all of you garden lovers! I managed to secure a mix of US native ...
  • It's time to give back.

    Hi, this is Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. Now that the BFCM frenzy is over, it's time to regroup and change our focus. If we mi...
  • Shop Small - Shop Local

    We have two exciting new collaborations between small, local, women-owned local businesses. South Mountain Bees is pleased to partner with Connie's Threads and DBee Botanical Art.


  • Fall Giveaway. Want to Play?

    The weather is changing and the fall colors in the reservation are spectacular. The foliage reflection on the reservoir water is breathtaking. The terrapins are too shy to show up. It is fall, and four women owned small businesses decided to get together to offer a fall giveaway. Want to play?

  • This Fall Favorite is Back!

    It's October 19, and I just filed the Q3 New Jersey sales taxes a whole day early! And it feels so good to get rid of the frantic last minute stres...
  • Are these bees?

    Hi! I am Adriana, the beekeeper from South Mountain Bees. Have you heard of flower flies? Many people mistake them for bees or wasps. It's a good ...
  • Have you ever seen how honey is harvested?

    Once honey is harvested from the hive, the work of extracting honey form the frames in order to be able to bottle it starts. The process starts with the removal of beeswax from the honey frames and ends with honey pouring out of the spout of the honey extractor.
  • I thought you might like to see this!

    Honeybees at South Mountain Bees, are storing pollen for the winter.
  • The Best Honey in New Jersey. And it could be yours!

    The best honey in New Jersey, according to the New Jersey Beekeepers Association Honey Show judges.
  • Look who's on the front page!

    South Mountain Bees on the front page of the News Record.

    “Save the bees” has become a common phrase, as certain species of bees have been placed on the endangered species list and the honey bee population has declined. Compagnoni said taking care of them herself has made her more aware of the environment in general. She can’t use pesticides or insect spray, because it will kill her hives.

    “There’s awareness that comes with the bees,” she said. “I can’t use gardening practices that are toxic. It keeps you more honest. There are indirect benefits.”

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    If you love surprises too, join our Soap of the Month Club, every month there's a new soap. Each soap is handcrafted in small batches, and I even make special editions that you can only get with the subscription.