Welcome to the Sky Barn Apiaries

The Sky Barn is near Willseyville, a quiet little hamlet south of Ithaca in Central New York.

Honey bees are magnificent creatures that produce honey, wax, propolis and other hive products. Most importantly they are critical pollinators. They are intelligent and sophisticated creatures that provide many reasons for amazement, curiosity and pure joy.

People who use Sky Barn honey prefer local foods that are clean and nourishing. Our honey is kept raw due to the belief that the heat of pasteurization compromises important nutrients. Please visit our honey stand when you can.

Honey Stand

Fresh Local Honey, Pickup or Delivery

The Sky Barn honey stand is located at the top of the hill on Roe Road, one mile west of Highway 96B in Willseyville. The stand is open more often in the warm months. We ask customers to call ahead or email to assure that we will be available.

Pickup : Local, unfiltered, raw honey is available at our honey stand in Willseyville New York.

Delivery : It is usually convenient to deliver honey to our customers in the city of Ithaca. Please call me at (607) 220-7400 or send an email to make arrangements.

 

Sky Barn Apiaries, 321 Roe Road, Willseyville NY 13864

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Directions to Sky Barn Apiaries:

We’re located at the top of Roe Road in Willseyville, New York – just off route 96B. If you’re coming by the honey stand, give a call at (607) 220-7400 to make sure we’re open.

Sky Barn Apiaries

321 Roe Road

Willseyville, New York

Origins of Sky Barn Apiaries

IMG_6998by David Hopkins, beekeeper

Sky Barn Apiaries is now in its seventh year as a farm enterprise. Before moving to central New York smaller apiaries were kept in Minnesota and occasionally in Wisconsin and Florida.

The first bees were purchased in 1974 after many years of intrigue. As a young child I admired my grandfather who kept bees as part of his farm of orchards, gardens, hay and pasture land. He sold honey and produce in a driveway stand as we do today.

There are numerous reasons why I keep bees. I appreciate the value of pollination, the use of honey as medicine, the amazing social structure of the colonies, the joy of seeing bees in flight and the myriad odors of the hive. But the most basic reasons are likely primal; the taste of honey and the infatuating odor of honey being ripened. It strongly perfumes the yard at times. The honey room has similar sweet aromas while packing honey or making candles, a very enjoyable work environment.

Entering my retirement years I’m able to work primarily with these amazing creatures and my job of choice, beekeeping. What was a hobby is becoming a sideline enterprise with many dimensions. Among apiary tasks I write about apiculture and share news from Sky Barn Apiaries on my blog.

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