Honey Bee Facts

Honey bees are fascinating, hard working creatures.
Except the male honeybee…











  • Honey bees must gather nectar from two million flowers to make one pound of honey. 
  • One bee has to fly about 90,000 miles – three times around the globe – to make one pound of honey.
  • The average bee will make only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime.
  • A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.
  • A colony of bees consists of 20,000-60,000 honey bees and one queen.
  • Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work.
  • The queen bee can live up to 5 years and is the only bee that lays eggs and in the summer months lays up to 2500 eggs per day.
  • Larger than the worker bees, the male honey bees (also called drones), have no stinger and do no work. All they do is mate.
  • Honey has antiseptic properties and was historically used as a dressing for wounds and a first aid treatment for burns and cuts.
  • The bees’ buzz is the sound made by their wings which beat 11,400 times per minute.
  • Honey is incredibly healthy and includes enzymes, vitamins, minerals.


Located in Franklin, NC we are family owned and operated. Farming has been a family business for decades. Farming and honeybees have been a passion of the family since my father and brother were young men. While the family may no longer grow and sell produce, we do raise and sell honeybees. We strive to support local farmers, fellow beekeepers, and our communities with pollination, top-quality nucs, packages and an assortment of bee keeping supplies.




  • Gentle and easy to manage (a good
    “beginner bee”)
  • Prolific brood producers
  • Highly hygienic
  • Good comb builders
  • Excellent foragers
  • Excellent honey producers


  • A good choice for colder climates
  • More likely to forage on cool, wet days than other bees
  • Quick to brood up when nectar is available
  • Excellent honey producers


  • Excellent honey production
  • Good wintering ability
  • Selected for increased varroa tolerance and resistance to brood diseases
  • Show increased hygienic behavior