Honey from our members is generally available only between June and October, and is usually sold in 1 pound jars or less. The DC Beekeepeers Alliance does not sell honey and offers these links as a service.
Several nearby stores stock honey produced by local beekeepers. Call or email first to check if honey is in stock:
Our advice: first ask among your acquaintances whether they know any DC beekeepers, and request some directly from a person: it's a great connection to community and bees.
If you are interested in seeking honey from any of our members, please complete the form below, and we will post your information to our private Facebook and Google groups, monitored by over 300 members. Several DC apiculture businesses, and most of its beekeepers, monitor these pages.
The average DC beekeeper harvests 30 pounds per hive, and only after a full year, so they may not want to share, or may ask (and deserve) a premium!
Most DC honey is harvested in the summer, and we usually get only one crop. In addition, most of us keep only one or two hives, and this honey goes to friends and family. There are, however, a handful of businesses that offer downtown honey, and for a short period each year, some turns up at local farmers markets. A few DC public schools keep bees, and have begun harvesting honey: this honey is usually distributed among the children learning about bees, with the remainder sold to support school programs.
Finally, while DC honey is best (trust us) there are wonderful beekeepers in Maryland and Northern Virginia who also produce high quality, local honey, and you can check out our links section to get in touch with them.